2010 was a make or break season for Marvin Chavez in MLS. Brought in on loan in August of 2009, Chavez never really got going making just three starts while struggling with nagging injuries. Things were looking bleak for the Honduran early in this year when he still struggled with injury and failed to make a start until the 12th game of the season against Chivas USA.
Marvin would bounce in and out of the lineup while failing to make an impact until September 4. Starting in place of an injured Atiba Harris, Chavez tallied his first MLS assist, a pass across the box on a breakaway to Jeff Cunningham who scored the only goal of a vital 1-0 win against Toronto.
With a new found confidence and fully fit for probably the first time since he joined FCD, Chavez would become the spark that turned FC Dallas from a playoff contender to a title contender. Marvin became like a late mid-season signing that MLS teams hadn't accounted for and the Honduran terrorized MLS in the last third of the season.
Starting with his goal in Kansas City, Chavez went on a run of 3 goals and 3 assists in the last nine games of the season counting playoffs. His work rate and speed gave Real Salt Lake all sorts of problems and provided a change of pace that kept Brek Shea, one of the stars of the first half of the season, on the bench.
I truly believe that Marvin Chavez was absolutely the difference between a first round exit and MLS Cup. His last ten games were played at an MLS all-star level and Chavez keeping that form into 2011 is vital for FCD.
Keep reading for Chavez best moment of 2010, his season grade and what to work on for 2011.
Moment of the Season
If you were to ask Schellas what the most important game of the regular season was, I think he'd tell you the 3-1 victory at Kansas City. Dallas had won just 1 of their last 5 games and was going to a rainy, cold Kansas City missing a handful of starters to play a
Wizards Sporting side that was the flavor of the week in MLS. Chavez' 4th minute goal, his first in MLS, propelled FCD to a 3-1 win that gave Dallas the confidence that there was 20 guys on the roster who could contribute meaningful minutes.
What to work on
For Chavez, it's pretty simple. Stay healthy and keep your fitness levels up. The Honduran practices hard, is great in the locker room and has a great work rate. When healthy and 100% fit, he's a huge piece of the Dallas puzzle and Chavez just needs to remain healthy. This stint with the Honduran national team in December is great for Chavez to keep that fitness up.
Chavez may have been invisible through the first half of the season, but he came through when Dallas needed him most. I can't give him an A due to the first 15 games, but Chavez gets a B+ from me.
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