- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On October 10, 2013
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- 2013 MLS MVP, 2013 MLS Season, Features
With just a couple weeks left in the regular season, it is high time to get on the awards discussion around here. I’ve been keeping up with the Rookie of the Year race for some time this season but I haven’t talked MLS MVP in a while.
This year may be as open for the race as we’ve ever seen. You could make an argument for six to ten players right now, but for today’s sake, I’ll only give you my top five.
A lot can change between now and the end of the regular season and where teams finish in terms of reaching the playoffs or not could have a big impact on which player observers feel is most deserving.
If I were to vote today, here is how it would shake out for me:
1. Robbie Keane (LA Galaxy) – I have trouble placing a top player right now but when you go with the phrase ‘most valuable’ it is hard to ignore Keane’s 15 goals and 11 assists in 20 appearances. Some players may have more goals, others may have more assists. But Keane gives the Galaxy both. I find myself each time watching the Galaxy this year, thinking that no one is better than Keane. The majority of the time he proves me right with that thought.
2. Mike Magee (Chicago) – I think a lot of his MVP hopes rest on getting the Fire into the playoffs. Magee has been an amazing player this season for both the Galaxy and the Fire. His career year has seen him score a 18 combined goals (12 for Chicago in 19 appearances, six for LA in 10).
3. Diego Valeri (Portland) – Injuries have slowed his MVP case for me in recent weeks but Valeri is still near the top of my list right now. Eight goals and 12 assists isn’t leading the league in either category but it is the other things, the little things, that Valeri does for the Timbers that sets him apart. He is one of the few foreigners that adapted the MLS style so quickly this season and there is no denying that he may be one of the most skilled players in the league.
4. Camilo (Vancouver) – His goal totals will push him towards the top of some people’s ballots. His breathtaking goals will do it for others. Camilo has scored 18 times and added five assists this season. He is always a constant threat for the Whitecaps on the field. When you look at value in his game, you’ll see it right away with his skill. The games that he is cold though, are also the games that the Whitecaps are off.
5. Marco Di Vaio (Montreal) – Some would argue that he is the most valuable player in the entire league. His league-leading 19-goals will certainly earn him enough votes when it comes down to it. Like Camilo, when he isn’t on his game, neither are the Impact.
Others in the running: Tim Cahill (New York), Diego Fagundez (New England), Federico Higuain (Columbus), Landon Donovan (LA), Javier Morales (Real Salt Lake), and Sebastien Le Toux (Philadelphia)