Awards Pick 'Em: MLSsoccer.com editors give their take on who should win Volkswagen MVP award

It's been the most unpredictable, up-and-down MLS season in recent memory, and maybe of all-time. Calling anything before the season's done is only for the stoutest of heart.

And hey, that's us! So with what will probably be the wildest final weekend in league history remaining, we're dishing out our awards picks. Foolish? Maybe. But as the Romans said, audentes fortuna iuvat!

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Editor Score Comments


Greg Lalas
Editor-In-Chief

MIKE MAGEE
Chicago Fire

It's pretty simple here: Without Magee, the Fire probably would've resembled D.C. or Chivas. No single player has energized a team – or a whole club – since Mathis joined the MetroStars.


Jonah Freedman
Managing Editor

MIKE MAGEE
Chicago Fire

We can talk all we want about he's single-handedly carrying the overachieving Fire to the brink of a playoff spot, but let's also think about the flip side: How much better would the Galaxy be if they hadn't traded the guy who's been at the front of the Golden Boot race all season? He'd still be in discussion for this award.

Kristel Valencia
Editor FutbolMLS.com

MIKE MAGEE
Chicago Fire

Twenty goals in a single season and the only reason why the Chicago Fire are battling for a spot in the playoffs. Magee is the cornerstone of the club and he was smart enough to see that leaving the Galaxy was not only a trip home, but a way to elevate himself in the national consciousness.


Matt Doyle
Armchair Analyst

MIKE MAGEE
Chicago Fire

Part of me wants to pick Tim Cahill just to be different – he certainly deserves consideration. But that would necessitate ignoring just how awful Chicago were before Magee came on board. You elevate a team like that and score 20 goals in the process, and you get a trophy. Period.


Andrew Wiebe
Editor

MIKE MAGEE
Chicago Fire

If this award is truly about value, then Magee has it all but wrapped up – assuming the Fire make the playoffs, of course. Nobody’s been more important to the fate of their team, a claim backed up by the club’s rise up the standings as their Golden Boot contender racked up the goals. Need tangible proof? Chicago had two wins from 11 games when Magee arrived. With him in the fold, they’ve got 12 in 22 with their talisman contributing 14 goals and four assists.


Jason Saghini
Director of Video

MIKE MAGEE
Chicago Fire

With consideration going to Tim Cahill, Marco Di Vaio, José Gonçalves, Will Johnson and Robbie Keane, I ended up picking Mike Magee. I believe the MVP needs to come from a playoff team, so I reserve the right to change my vote after the weekend, but Magee's career season has helped rescue a hapless Chicago team and turn them into a playoff contender.


Simon Borg
Senior Editor

MIKE MAGEE
Chicago Fire

The Fire want to make the jump to be an elite MLS team, sort of like the LA Galaxy. What better way to get there than by importing one of the Galaxy's main cogs? Aside from the obvious goals he's contributed, Magee has infused the Fire with the urgency, accountability and winning attitude that have fueled the Galaxy's run of success in recent years.


Nick Rosano
Editor

MARCO DI VAIO
Montreal Impact

No doubt this is a close one between Di Vaio and Magee, but the Italian edges it. He's scored all 20 of his goals for one team, and that's without taking a single penalty kick. Throw in the fact that, like Magee and the Fire, the Impact have gotten precious few goals from elsewhere and that Montreal is more likely to make the playoffs, and you've got a great MVP case.