MLS Midseason Review: Top five MVP candidates

LA Galaxy

LA Galxy forward Robbie Keane

This MLS season has been blessed with sublime individual performances. The rookies are shining and the stars are proving their worth. Even though it’s only midseason, several players have done enough to be considered the league’s MVP.

Here are the top candidates for the MVP award.

Honorable Mentions:

Robbie Keane (LA Galaxy): The main reason the Galaxy isn’t the worst team in the Western Conference is because Keane is on the team. The Republic of Ireland international has been involved in 11 of LA’s 17 goals.

Eric Kronberg (Sporting Kansas City): After being the backup for many years, Kronberg is finally stealing the spotlight. He has played the majority of the season with a makeshift defense, but that hasn’t affected his performances. The 31-year-old leads the league with seven shutouts and has only conceded 14 goals.

Bobby Boswell (DC United): The veteran has been a success in the capital. Since his move from Houston Dynamo, Boswell has lifted the team that had the worst record last season to second place in the Eastern Conference.

Jermain Defoe (Toronto FC): The English Premier League legend brought his scoring boots to Toronto. In just 10 appearances, he has eight goals and two assists.

Dom Dwyer (Sporting Kansas City): Dwyer is a testament to the league’s development. The English man has established himself as the main threat in Peter Vermes’ side. He’s scored half of SKC’s goals this season.

Diego Valeri (Portland Timbers): The Argentine hasn’t been has good as he was last season, but nonetheless, he still leads the league in assists with eight. He also has two goals.

Top five:

5. Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders): If the American captain didn’t go to the Brazil, he would be the leading candidate for MVP. The 32-year-old is finally living up to the hype and delivered one of the best individual performances of the season with a hat-trick against the Portland Timbers. He has eight goals and three assists from eight starts.

4. Bradley Wright-Phillips (New York Red Bulls): The fact that he leads MLS in goals scored makes him a MVP candidate. Despite New York’s struggles this season, Shaun Wright-Phillips’ younger brother can’t stop scoring. He’s found the back of the net 12 times this year.

3. Fabian Espindola (DC United): The non-Designated Player forward in Ben Olsen’s starting eleven has been on fire. The MLS veteran has put his mediocre season with the Red Bulls behind him, and has flourished as both a goal-scorer and a creator. In just 15 appearances, he has seven goals and eight assists.

Seattle Sounders

Obafemi Martins

2. Erick Torres (Chivas USA): Torres has literally put his team on his back this season. The Mexican has scored 11 of Chivas’ 16 goals. Even though his team is a bottom dweller, “El Cubo” his doing everything he can to propel Chivas into the playoff picture. Because of him, Chivas has collected seven points from its last three games.

1. Obafemi Martins (Seattle Sounders): The Nigerian is a big reason why Seattle is the favorite to win the Supporters Shield. Martins has been astonishing with and without Dempsey. His ability to excel alongside multiple strike partners has made Sigi Schmid’s job more pleasant.

The 29-year-old has scored eight important goals, including this beautiful lob, and he’s also created six.

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