Watson, who was one of two Eddies on the MVP ballot (the now-departed Chris Nurse was the other) got enough votes from the league’s eight head coaches, who select the season-ending all-star team.
Watson joins Shaun Saiko (2011) and Paul Hamilton (2012) as Eddies who made the NASL Best XI.
Watson was the backbone for a defence that allowed 26 goals in 26 games this season (though Watson missed a chunk of the spring season as he recovered from an MCL injury). He came to the club from Northern Irish side Linfield FC in 2013, and Eddies’ coach Colin Miller has repeatedly said that he feels Watson is the top central defender in the league.
But, for the first time in three years, there were no Canadians on the Best XI. And, to those who criticized the league for giving the top keeper award to Kyle Reynish, the Cosmos keeper who, like his club, played just half of the NASL campaign, there is some feeling of justice as Marcos Senna was the only New York player to make the Best XI.
Though, it is odd — and it has happened before – that the keeper for the Best XI and the player named best keeper in the league aren’t the same guy.
Joe Nasco, ATL: 19 GP, 7 W, 4 SO
Aaron Pitchkolan, MIN: Three-time NASL team of the week selection
Martyn Lancaster, ATL: 23 GP, helped team to spring title
Albert Watson, FCE: 20 GP, team of the week SIX times
Luke Mulholland, TBR: 11 G, 7 A
Miguel Ibarra, MIN: Team of the week three times, 1 G, 3 A
Richie Menjivar, ATL: 2G, 2 A, four team of the week picks
Marcos Senna, NYC: Five team of the week picks, 13 GP, 5 G, 2 A
Georgi Hristov, TBR: 12 G, 7 A
Brian Shriver, CAR: 15 goals led NASL
Hans Denissen, SAS: 12 G, 2 A