The 2014 Major League Soccer season is close to completion, with just one more weekend of regular season action to look forward to before the excitement of the playoffs.
It has been a long season, interrupted halfway through by the World Cup in Brazil, but the standard of football in the league has been impressive throughout, and will only continue to improve in years to come.
It is nearly the time of year when the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award is announced, and the MLSGB team have all picked who they feel deserves the prestigious accolade.
Louis East – Lee Nguyen
The New England Revolution would not be where it is without Lee Nguyen. No doubt about it. The playmaker has been phenomenal all season, and has scored an incredible 17 goals from midfield, while also picking up five assists. He may add to that tally in the final game against Toronto this weekend, but even if he doesn’t, he deserves the award as his side would not be heading into the playoffs were it not for his contribution, and he will hopefully receive a USMNT call-up before too long too.
Simon Pyne – Robbie Keane
Robbie Keane has been phenomenal this season, and his goals have lead the Galaxy to a successful season yet again. He finished as runner-up for the MVP award last year, but deserves to go one better and claim it this season. He will look to continue to shine into the playoffs as LA search for their fifth MLS Cup.
Jamie Ives – Bradley Wright-Phillips
The Englishman’s goals have been the only reason New York Red Bulls have challenged for a playoff spot. Goals win games and he has won a fair few points for the Red Bulls single-handedly. Undoubtedly the best player in the league this year, especially when you consider the improvement we have seen in his game.
Ben Ashton – Robbie Keane
If Robbie Keane does scoop the MVP award, I don’t think many people could complain about it. The Irishman has been in fine form once again this season, contributing to an impressive 33 goals in total (19 scored with 14 assists), which is more than any player in the league. It’s very much a cliché, but the game is all about creating and scoring goals – and Keane is the absolute master of both.
Lewis Addley – Lee Nguyen
Scoring 17 goals from midfield is exceptional, with a lot of those goals coming in games where New England have only won by the odd goal or avoided defeat. He has started every game for the Revs this season, performing consistently well throughout, and his general game has come on leaps and bounds from the last campaign.
Zack Walford – Landon Donovan
The retiring legend has had another fantastic season. He has continued to perform to the best of his ability, despite the shock exclusion from Jurgen Klinsmann’s World Cup squad in June. His creativity has helped the LA Galaxy to the playoffs once again, and it would be the perfect ending if the Galaxy were to lift their fifth MLS Cup at the end of the season.
Who do you think deserves to be named as MVP from the 2014 MLS season?