POLL: Who will be Chivas USA’s MVP this season?

Who will be the standout player for the Goats?

CARSON, Calif. (Thursday, March 24, 2011) - With Alejandro Moreno away on international duty with Venezuela, coach Robin Fraser has a decision on his hands. Last weekend Moreno started as the lone striker in a 4-1-4-1 formation. If Fraser decides to use the same formation Saturday against Colorado, he’ll need to pick a new forward to play up top and lead the Goats’ attack. Should he slide someone up from the midfield, or bring in a striker off the bench?

Here’s your chance to play coach- what would you do? Check out the options below and vote for who you think would best replace Moreno this weekend against the Rapids.

Tristan Bowen:
The speedy winger made his first MLS appearance for Chivas USA last weekend, coming in as a substitute and providing a spark for the final 20 minutes. He had a great game in Tuesday’s LMU scrimmage as well, finishing with a goal and two assists. He’s playing well at the moment, but is striker really a good position for him, or should he stay on the wing?

Victor Estupiñan:
There are no questions about the Ecuadorian rookie’s position- he’s clearly a forward. Estupiñan played in Moreno’s lone striker role in the LMU scrimmage, scoring a hat-trick and looking dangerous throughout. He seems like a natural choice, but the defending champion Rapid’s defense will provide a serious test. Is the young forward ready to be a starter in only his second game?

Justin Braun:
Of all the candidates, Braun is the player who most resembles Moreno in terms of build and style of play. He’s a big forward who can hold up the ball and win headers. He’s also a proven goal scorer in this league, leading the team with 9 goals last season. He played in the midfield last week though, so pushing him up top would mean a significant lineup shuffle.

Marcos Mondaini:
The creative Argentinean attacker has only been with the team for a few weeks, but he’s obviously adjusting fast. His performance in the season opener earned him praise both from coach Fraser and around the league. Mondaini has experience as a striker too; he played up top for some of his early career in South America.