The first month of the 2015 Major League Soccer has flown by and that means that supporters have had the chance to vote for their Player of the Month.
The official MLS award, sponsored by Etihad Airways, saw a battle between five of the league’s stars with two newcomers earning the majority of votes.
Orlando City’s Brazilian superstar and former World Player of the Year, Kaka had to settle for second place in the first Player of the Month award as Vancouver Whitecaps striker Octavio Rivero was voted number one by fans across MLS.Embed from Getty Images
The Young Designated Player becomes the first Uruguayan to win the award after netting three goals in four appearances.
Rivero opened up his MLS account in his first game for the Whitecaps in that 3-1 loss to Toronto FC on opening weekend and went on to score the winning goals in Vancouver’s next two games, both of which were on the road.
A late strike in Chicago earned the Whitecaps a 1-0 win before they managed to beat Orlando City by the same scoreline thanks to a 96th minute Rivero header.
Octavio Rivero’s fine acrobatic header against Orlando City (via Vancouver Whitecaps on YouTube):
Vancouver currently sit second in the MLS Supporters’ Shield standings at this early stage and it’s safe to say they wouldn’t be where they are without Rivero at this stage.
Kaka was voted a very close second to Rivero, with Sporting Kansas City’s Ike Opara, English forward Bradley Wright-Phillips and FC Dallas’ Blas Perez all behind.
Final results for Etihad Airways Player of the Month (March via MLSSoccer.com)
- Octavio Rivero (VAN) 26.6%
- Kaká (ORL) 26.2%
- Ike Opara (SKC) 19.0%
- Bradley Wright-Phillips (NY) 15.8%
- Blas Perez (DAL) 12.3%
Did Octavio Rivero deserve to be named as Major League Soccer’s Player of the Month for March?