August was a good month for the Kansas City. The Wizards went 2-1-1 with 7 goals scored and only 3 allowed. They knocked off top-of-the-table Los Angeles, drew defending champion Real Salt Lake and demolished New England 4-1. The only blip was a 1-0 loss on the road to San Jose.
It was the team's best month since March ... when they went 1-0 with 4 goals scored and none conceded. (Ok, that was a weak comparison.)
So, which Wizards player do you think was most integral to this success? Which player deserves the honor of The Full 90's August Player of the Month? Voting closes Friday @ 12 p.m.Jimmy Nielsen
4 starts, 3 goals allowed, 10 saves
Why him? Well, why not him? Nielsen only allowed three goals the entire month (the goal against New England was a deflection he had no shot at). During the month, Nielsen was, as he usually is, always in the right position to make the save and keeps KC alive.Stephane Auvray
If there were an official stat released by MLS for distance covered, he would lead the league I'm almost certain.
Why him? Just going to let you know this, Auvray will probably be in the running for Player of the Month for the rest of the year. It's literally impossible to overstate his importance to this team. He is the engine that makes the team go and, without him, they can't apply the sort of pressure that un-did Los Angeles and New England.Birahim Diop
2 starts, 2 goals, 1 completely shocked blogger
Why him? I just need four words: "The Birahim Diop Game." But if I wanted to use a few more: Diop's two-goal, one-assist explosion against New England might have been the most dominant performance any Wizard has put up on the board in two years.Kei Kamara
4 starts, 2 goals, 3 assists
Why him? As great as Diop's game was against New England, he couldn't have done it without the service of Kei Kamara (who had two assists). Kamara has been a revelation the last month on the right wing. He seems to have settled down over there and is really using his pace and strength to influence the game. Is it a shock the results have gotten better the better he's played?Considered but not included:
Davy Arnaud (1 goal, played like a captain all month), Jimmy Conrad (1 goal, played like a rock in central defense all month), Roger Espinoza (does things along the left-hand side that don't show up in MLS stats) and Jack Jewsbury (consistently gives the team high quality off the bench).
My pick? The same asMike at Down the Byline
: Kei Kamara.