Latino del Año: Group of Death includes an MVP candidate and three other creative midfielders

FutbolMLS.com continues to unveil the 32 players nominated for Latino del Año 2013, where you, the fans, will select the Latin American player who had the best performance throughout the 2013 MLS regular season. Remember that you can start voting as of Monday, November 4.

The group of death includes one of the candidates for the MVP as top seed, Portland Timbers' Argentine magician Diego Valeri. Alongside him some players that could well be the first seeds in any Latino del Año group and who take teams by storm once they step onto the field. Honduran international Boniek García, 2010 MLS MVP David Ferreira and Uruguayan Vicente Sánchez complete the feat.   

MLSsoccer.com and FutbolMLS.com editors selected 32 Latino players that made an impact throughout the 2013 MLS regular season, including winners of FutbolMLS.com’s weekly contest, Latino de la Jornada, and a draw was held to divide the players in eight groups of four players each.

Here are the nominees from Group G:

GROUP G

Player

 

Diego Valeri

M, Portland Timbers

His quality has been there from the first game he played with the Timbers, including a majestic goal. Even since his arrival in the preseason, his name began to ring loudly. Valeri is now the leader in a team that has been the revelation of the season, with reinforced concrete that have allowed those still with the club, to increase their level. He finished the season as the leader in assists with 13.

Boniek García

M, Houston Dynamo

Reigning Latino of the Year, García won the recognition in 2012 for his excellent second half of the season since his arrival to Houston Dynamo. This year he had a slow start in which he did not appear like he did last year, but returned to his level in the second half of the season, and pushed the Dynamo to the playoffs once again.

David Ferreira

M, FC Dallas

He is the man who has carried the baton for Dallas since joining the team in 2010. The Colombian has been their best player in midfield, and after facing the consequences of various injuries that dragged from last year, Ferreira had a spectacular start to the season. His team fell precipitously in the second half which saw them being eliminated from playoff contention.

Vicente Sánchez

M, Colorado Rapids
 

One of the midseason reinforcements brought in by Rapids head coach Oscar Pareja, Sánchez showed his football pedigree. Although he came just for six months from Club Nacional, Sánchez is expected to continue with Colorado in 2014.

Created in 2010, Latino del Año is FutbolMLS.com's annual contest to select the best Latin American Player in MLS based on fan voting.

The contest is held at the end of each MLS regular season, consisting of three weeks of voting by fans who determine which players advance to each round until a winner is chosen.

2013 Latino del Año Schedule
October 28-31 – Latino del Año groups announced
November 4 – Online voting process opens for group stage
November 7 – Group stage winners announced & online voting opens for Round of 16
November 11 – Round of 16 winners announced & online voting opens for Quarterfinals
November 14 – Quarterfinal winners announced & online voting opens for the Final
November 18 – 2013 Latino del Año winner announced.