Wednesday, November 17, 2004

Joe Cannon is MLS top goalkeeper

Sun Valley native

Joe Cannon

He's was on a Frosted Flakes box two years ago, and now 6-2, 190-pound Joe Cannon is the Major Soccer League's top goalkeeper for the second time in three years.

Cannon, 29, born in Sun Valley on New Year's Day 1975 and raised in Ketchum and Los Altos, Ca., was selected Friday as MLS's top goalkeeper for the 2004 season. His record was 10-9-11, but he was a durable presence in his team's net.

Playing for the Colorado Rapids, Cannon led the MLS in saves (150) while facing the most shots (431). He also tied for the MLS lead in shutouts with 10, and only allowed 32 goals in 30 games played. Cannon was one of only four MLS players to play every minute of every game in 2004.

Two years ago, Cannon appeared with teammates on the Frosted Flakes cereal box because they were members of the MLS champ San Jose Earthquakes. He was traded to the Rapids from San Jose in Aug. 2003 in exchange for draft picks last August.

Cannon, son of legendary Sun Valley apres-ski entertainer Joe Cannon and his wife Barbara, attended Hemingway Elementary School in Ketchum and was a member of the Sun Valley youth hockey and ski teams. His twin brother Jon is a baseball pitcher in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization. They moved to California for good when they were 12.

Joe Cannon was also one of three finalists for the MLS Honda Most Valuable Player award announced Thursday.

The MVP winner was Amado Guevara of MetroStars, the seventh foreign-born player to be named Honda MVP in the league's nine year history.

Guevara, 28, who scored 10 goals and tallied 10 assists for 30 points, tied New England Revolution forward Pat Noonan for the 2004 Budweiser Scoring Title. The Honduran international becomes the fourth consecutive Budweiser Scoring champion, and sixth all-time, to receive the MLS Honda MVP award.

Tony Meola, currently a goalkeeper with MLS Cup runner-up Kansas City, was the last player to have been crowned MVP without having won the scoring title (2000).

Here is a list of winners of the Honda MVP award: 2004: Amado Guevara (MetroStars). 2003: Preki (Kansas City). 2002: Carlos Ruiz (Los Angeles). 2001: Alex Pineda Chacon (Miami). 2000: Tony Meola (Kansas City). 1999: Jason Kreis (Dallas). 1998: Marco Etcheverry (D.C. United). 1997: Preki (Kansas City). 1996: Carlos Valderrama (Tampa Bay).

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