Landon Donovan MVP Award

The Landon Donovan MVP Award is an annual award for MLS players. It is voted on by media, MLS players, and club management and is given to the player deemed the most valuable player in the league each season.

The award was renamed in 2015 in honor of its 2009 winner, Landon Donovan

From 1996 to 2007 the award was known as the Honda MLS Most Valuable Player, for commercial purposes. From 2007 to 2014, the award was titled the Volkswagen MLS Most Valuable Player.

Players for D.C. United have won the award a record four times, while Kansas City and Los Angeles Galaxy players have won a second best three times. Kansas City's Preki is the only player to ever win twice, in 1997 and 2003.

On January 15, 2015, MLS renamed its MVP award in honor of Landon Donovan.[1][2]

WinnersEdit

Season Player Club Other Finalists
1996   Carlos Valderrama Tampa Bay Mutiny Roy Lassiter, Preki
1997   Preki Kansas City Wizards Marco Etcheverry, Carlos Valderrama
1998   Marco Etcheverry D.C. United Cobi Jones, Peter Nowak
1999   Jason Kreis Dallas Burn Marco Etcheverry, Jaime Moreno
2000   Tony Meola Kansas City Wizards Mamadou Diallo, Clint Mathis
2001   Alex Pineda Chacón Miami Fusion Jeff Agoos, Diego Serna
2002   Carlos Ruíz Los Angeles Galaxy Mark Chung, Taylor Twellman
2003   Preki (2) Kansas City Wizards Ante Razov, John Spencer
2004   Amado Guevara MetroStars Joe Cannon, Jaime Moreno
2005   Taylor Twellman New England Revolution Dwayne De Rosario, Jaime Moreno
2006   Christian Gómez D.C. United Jeff Cunningham, Dwayne De Rosario
2007   Luciano Emilio D.C. United Juan Pablo Ángel, Cuauhtémoc Blanco
2008   Guillermo Barros Schelotto Columbus Crew Landon Donovan, Cuauhtémoc Blanco
2009   Landon Donovan Los Angeles Galaxy Shalrie Joseph, Jeff Cunningham
2010   David Ferreira[3] FC Dallas Edson Buddle, Chris Wondolowski
2011   Dwayne De Rosario[4] D.C. United Brad Davis, Brek Shea
2012   Chris Wondolowski[5] San Jose Earthquakes Thierry Henry, Graham Zusi
2013   Mike Magee[6] Chicago Fire Robbie Keane, Marco Di Vaio
2014   Robbie Keane[7] LA Galaxy Lee Nguyen, Obafemi Martins
2015   Sebastian Giovinco[8] Toronto FC Kei Kamara, Benny Feilhaber
2016   David Villa[9] New York City FC Bradley Wright-Phillips, Sacha Kljestan
2017   Diego Valeri[10] Portland Timbers David Villa, Nemanja Nikolić
2018   Josef Martínez[11] Atlanta United Miguel Almirón, Zlatan Ibrahimović
2019   Carlos Vela[12] Los Angeles FC Zlatan Ibrahimović, Josef Martínez
2020   Alejandro Pozuelo[13] Toronto FC Andre Blake, Nicolás Lodeiro, Jordan Morris, Diego Rossi

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Major League Soccer names Most Valuable Player award after Landon Donovan". Major League Soccer. January 15, 2015. Archived from the original on January 16, 2015. Retrieved January 15, 2015.
  2. ^ McCarthy, Kyle (January 15, 2015). "Major League Soccer renames MVP award to honor Landon Donovan". Fox Sports. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved January 15, 2015.
  3. ^ "FC Dallas attacker Ferreira voted 2010 Volkswagen MVP". Major League Soccer. November 19, 2010. Retrieved November 19, 2010.
  4. ^ Doyle, Matthew (November 18, 2011). "D.C. United's De Rosario voted Volkswagen MLS MVP". Major League Soccer. Retrieved November 18, 2011.
  5. ^ Borg, Simon (November 29, 2012). "San Jose's Wondolowski wins 2012 Volkswagen MLS MVP". Major League Soccer. Retrieved November 29, 2012.
  6. ^ Borg, Simon (December 5, 2013). "Chicago Fire forward Mike Magee voted 2013 Volkswagen MLS Most Valuable Player". Major League Soccer. Retrieved December 5, 2013.
  7. ^ "Robbie Keane named 2014 Volkswagen MLS Most Valuable Player". LA Galaxy. December 3, 2014. Retrieved December 3, 2014.
  8. ^ Molinaro, John (December 2, 2015). "TFC's Giovinco named Major League Soccer MVP". Sportsnet.ca. Retrieved December 2, 2015.
  9. ^ Rodriguez, Alicia (December 6, 2016). "New York City FC forward David Villa wins 2016 Landon Donovan MLS MVP". Major League Soccer. Retrieved December 6, 2016.
  10. ^ Boehm, Charles (December 4, 2017). "Portland Timbers' Diego Valeri wins 2017 Landon Donovan MLS MVP award". Major League Soccer. Retrieved December 4, 2017.
  11. ^ Bogert, Tom (December 5, 2018). "Atlanta United's Josef Martinez wins 2018 Landon Donovan MLS MVP award". Major League Soccer. Retrieved December 5, 2018.
  12. ^ Rodriguez, Alicia (November 4, 2019). "Carlos Vela is 2019 Landon Donovan MLS Most Valuable Player". Major League Soccer. Retrieved November 4, 2019.
  13. ^ "Alejandro Pozuelo named 2020 Landon Donovan MLS Most Valuable Player". Major League Soccer. December 7, 2020. Retrieved December 7, 2020.