Major League Soccer on Thursday announced the nominees for the 2021 End of Year Awards and confirmed that voting is set to kick off on Friday, Oct. 29 (12 pm ET) and last through Monday, Nov. 8 (5 pm ET). MLS will release a list of finalists prior to the start of the Audi 2021 MLS Cup Playoffs.

MLS Year-End Awards will be determined through voting from three groups:

  • Current MLS players.
  • MLS clubs (coaches, technical directors/general managers).
  • Select media members representing local and national outlets who consistently covered the 2021 MLS regular season.

Additionally, fans will have the opportunity to weigh in on the top plays of the season with both the AT&T Goal of the Year and MLS Save of the Year presented by Allstate by casting their votes on MLSsoccer.com.

Landon Donovan MLS MVP Nominees
  • Acosta, Luciano (CIN)
  • Arango, Cristian "Chicho" (LAFC)
  • Araujo, Julian (LA)
  • Barco, Ezequiel (ATL)
  • Barrios, Michael (COL)
  • Blake, Andre (PHI)
  • Bou, Gustavo (NE)
  • Cameron, Geoff (CIN)
  • Castellanos, Valentin (NYC)
  • Chara, Diego (POR)
  • Cifuentes, Jose (LAFC)
  • Coronel, Carlos (RBNY)
  • Crepeau, Maxime (VAN)
  • Espinoz, Cristian (SJ)
  • Fagundez, Diego (ATX)
  • Gauld, Ryan (VAN)
  • Gil, Carles (NE)
  • Giménez, Gaston (CHI)
  • Gregore (MIA)
  • Gressel, Julian (DC)
  • Hernandez, Javier "Chicharito" (LA)
  • Herrera, Aaron (RSL)
  • Higuaín, Gonzalo (MIA)
  • Joao Paulo (SEA)
  • Kamara, Ola (DC)
  • Kreilach, Damir (RSL)
  • Lopez, Eduardo "Chofis" (SJ)
  • Mihailovic, Djordje (MTL)
  • Mora, Felipe (POR)
  • Moreno, Marcelino (ATL)
  • Mukhtar, Hany (NSH)
  • Nagbe, Darlington (CLB)
  • Nani (ORL)
  • Pepi, Ricardo (DAL)
  • Pereyra, Mauricio (ORL)
  • Picault, Fafa (HOU)
  • Price, Jack (COL)
  • Quioto, Romell (MTL)
  • Reynoso, Emanuel (MIN)
  • Ring, Alex (ATX)
  • Ruidiaz, Raul (SEA)
  • Russell, Johnny (SKC)
  • Salloi, Daniel (SKC)
  • Sands, James (NYC)
  • Soteldo, Yeferson (TOR)
  • Stojanovic, Luka (CHI)
  • Zelarayan, Lucas (CLB)
Allstate Goalkeeper of the Year Nominees
  • Blake, Andre (PHI)
  • Bond, Jonathan (LA)
  • Bono, Alex (TOR)
  • Clark, Steve (POR)
  • Coronel, Carlos (RBNY)
  • Crepeau, Maxime (VAN)
  • Frei, Stefan (SEA)
  • Gallese, Pedro (ORL)
  • Guzan, Brad (ATL)
  • Hamid, Bill (DC)
  • Johnson, Sean (NYC)
  • Marcinkowski, JT (SJ)
  • Maric, Marko (HOU)
  • Marsman, Nick (MIA)
  • Maurer, Jimmy (DAL)
  • Melia, Tim (SKC)
  • Miller, Tyler (MIN)
  • Ochoa, David (RSL)
  • Pantemis, James (MTL)
  • Romero, Tomas (LAFC)
  • Room, Eloy (CLB)
  • Slonina, Gabriel (CHI)
  • Stuver, Brad (ATX)
  • Turner, Matt (NE)
  • Vermeer, Kenneth (CIN)
  • Willis, Joe (NSH)
  • Yarbrough, William (COL)
Defender of the Year Nominees
  • Robinson, Miles (ATL)
  • Araujo, Julian (LA)
  • Beason, Tanner (SJ)
  • Boxall, Michael (MIN)
  • Bravo, Claudio (POR)
  • Callens, Alexander (NYC)
  • Camacho, Rudy (MTL)
  • Cameron, Geoff (CIN)
  • Carlos, Antonio (ORL)
  • Dibassy, Bakaye (MIN)
  • Elliott, Jack (PHI)
  • Fall, Mamadou (LAFC)
  • Figal, Nicolas (MIA)
  • Fontas, Andreu (SKC)
  • Glad, Justen (RSL)
  • Glesnes, Jakob (PHI)
  • Gonzalez Pirez, Leandro (MIA)
  • Gressel, Julian (DC)
  • Hadebe, Teenage (HOU)
  • Herrera, Aaron (RSL)
  • Jansson, Robin (ORL)
  • Jones, DeJuan (NE)
  • Jungwirth, Florian (VAN)
  • Kolmanic, Zan (ATX)
  • Laryea, Richie (TOR)
  • Mensah, Jonathan (CLB)
  • Miller, Kamal (MTL)
  • Murillo, Jesus (LAFC)
  • Najar, Andy (DC)
  • Nathan (SJ)
  • Nealis, Sean (RBNY)
  • Pineda, Mauricio (CHI)
  • Romaña, Jhohan (ATX)
  • Rosenberry, Keegan (COL)
  • Sanchez, Ilie (SKC)
  • Sands, James (NYC)
  • Teran, Carlos (CHI)
  • Trusty, Auston (COL)
  • Twumasi, Ema (DAL)
  • Veselinovic, Ranko (VAN)
  • Wiliams, Josh (CLB)
  • Williams, Derrick (LA)
  • Yeimar Gomez (SEA)
  • Zimmerman, Walker (NSH)
  • Zuparic, Dario (POR)
Newcomer of the Year Nominees
  • Arango, Cristian "Chicho" (LAFC)
  • Araujo, Luiz (ATL)
  • Blackett, Tyler (CIN)
  • Bond, Jonathan (LA)
  • Bravo, Claudio (POR)
  • Brenner (CIN)
  • Caicedo, Deiber (VAN)
  • Domínguez, Cecilio (ATX)
  • Driussi, Sebastian (ATX)
  • Esteves, Lucas (COL)
  • Flach, Leon (PHI)
  • Fragapane, Franco (MIN)
  • Gauld, Ryan (VAN)
  • Gregore (MIA)
  • Haakenson, Luke (NSH)
  • Hadebe, Teenage (HOU)
  • Ibrahim, Sunusi (MTL)
  • Julio, Anderson (RSL)
  • Klimala, Patryk (RBNY)
  • Leo Chu (SEA)
  • Lopez, Eduardo "Chofis" (SJ)
  • Marsman, Nick (MIA)
  • Moreira, Steven (CLB)
  • Moreno, Santiago (POR)
  • Nathan (SJ)
  • Raveloson, Rayan (LA)
  • Robertha, Nigel (DC)
  • Rodriguez, Santiago (NYC)
  • Rubin, Rubio (RSL)
  • Schon, Szabolcs (DAL)
  • Slonina, Gabriel (CHI)
  • Sosa, Santiago (ATL)
  • Soteldo, Yeferson (TOR)
  • Thiago Andrade (NYC)
  • Torres, Joaquin (MTL)
  • Traustason, Arnor (NE)
  • van der Water, Silvester (ORL)
  • Walter, Remi (SKC)
Young Player of the Year Nominees
  • Alvarez, Efrain (LA)
  • Araujo, Julian (LA)
  • Atencio, Josh (SEA)
  • Barco, Ezequiel (ATL)
  • Barreal, Alvaro (CIN)
  • Bassett, Cole (COL)
  • Bello, George (ATL)
  • Brenner (CIN)
  • Buchanan, Tajon (NE)
  • Caicedo, Deiber (VAN)
  • Choiniere, Mathieu (MTL)
  • Cifuentes, Jose (LAFC)
  • Cowell, Cade (SJ)
  • Dike, Daryl (ORL)
  • Djitte, Moussa (ATX)
  • Dorsey, Griffen (HOU)
  • Duke, Cam (SKC)
  • Ferreira, Jesus (DAL)
  • Flach, Leon (PHI)
  • Galvan, Braian (COL)
  • Gutierrez, Brian (CHI)
  • Ibrahim, Sunusi (MTL)
  • Leyva, Danny (SEA)
  • Lindsey, Jaylin (SKC)
  • Lopez, Marcos (SJ)
  • Maher, Jack (NSH)
  • Makoun,Christia (MIA)
  • Matan, Alexandru (CLB)
  • Moreno, Santiago (POR)
  • Nyeman, Moses (DC)
  • Ochoa, David (RSL)
  • Paredes, Kevin (DC)
  • Pepi, Ricardo (DAL)
  • Perea, Andres (ORL)
  • Pereira, Daniel (ATX)
  • Rosales, Joseph (MIN)
  • Sands, James (NYC)
  • Shaffelburg, Jacob (TOR)
  • Slonina, Gabriel (CHI)
  • Thiago Andrade (NYC)
  • Tolkin, John (RBNY)
  • Vassilev, Indiana (MIA)
  • Veselinovic, Ranko (VAN)
Comeback Player of the Year Nominees
  • Achara, Ifunanyachi (TOR)
  • Anunga, Brian (NSH)
  • Barrios, Michael (COL)
  • Birnbaum, Steven (DC)
  • Blanco, Sebastian (POR)
  • Crepeau, Maxime (VAN)
  • Dorsey, Griffen (HOU)
  • Edwards, Raheem (LAFC)
  • Elliott, Jack (PHI)
  • Fagundez, Diego (ATX)
  • Gil, Carles (NE)
  • Gutman, Andrew (RBNY)
  • Hairston, Marlon (CLB)
  • Harris, Calvin (CIN)
  • Heber (NYC)
  • Hernandez, Javier "Chicharito" (LA)
  • Makoun, Christian (MIA)
  • Martinez, Josef (ATL)
  • Medranda, Jimmy (SEA)
  • Mihailovic, Djordje (MTL)
  • Miller, Tyler (MIN)
  • Najar, Andy (DC)
  • Niezgoda, Jaroslaw (POR)
  • Pomykal, Paxton (DAL)
  • Ruan (ORL)
  • Rubin, Rubio (RSL)
  • Salloi, Daniel (SKC)
  • Stojanovic, Luka (CHI)
  • Thompson, Tommy (SJ)
  • Wormgoor, Vito (CLB)
MLS WORKS Humanitarian of the Year Nominees
  • Acosta, Kellyn (COL)
  • Ambrose, Mikey (ATL)
  • Araujo, Julian (LA)
  • Bornstein, Jonathan (CHI)
  • Bunbury, Teal (NE)
  • Chara, Diego (POR)
  • Davis, Sean (RBNY)
  • Freese, Matt (PHI)
  • Frei, Stefan (SEA)
  • Gressel, Julian (DC)
  • Hagglund, Nick (CIN)
  • Harvey, Jordan (LAFC)
  • Hayes, Jacori (MIN)
  • Johnson, Sean (NYC)
  • MacMath, Zac (RSL)
  • Marcinkowski, JT (SJ)
  • Morrow, Justin (TOR)
  • Nani (ORL)
  • Ricketts, Tosaint (VAN)
  • Sanchez, Ilie (SKC)
  • Stuver, Brad (ATX)
  • Tafari, Nkosi (DAL)
  • Ulloa, Victor (MIA)
  • Valentin, Zarek (HOU)
  • Wanyama, Victor (MTL)
  • Washington, Taylor (NSH)
  • Williams, Josh (CLB)
Sigi Schmid MLS Coach of the Year Nominees
  • Almeyda, Matías (SJ)
  • Arena, Bruce (NE)
  • Bradley, Bob (LAFC)
  • Curtin, Jim (PHI)
  • Deila, Ronny (NYC)
  • Ferruzzi, Marco (DAL - Interim)
  • Fraser, Robin (COL)
  • Heath, Adrian (MIN)
  • Klopas, Frank (CHI - Interim)
  • Losada, Hernan (DC)
  • Marshall, Tyrone (CIN - Interim)
  • Mastroeni, Pablo (RSL - Interim)
  • Nancy, Wilfried (MTL)
  • Neville, Phil (MIA)
  • Pareja, Oscar (ORL)
  • Perez, Javier (TOR - Interim)
  • Pineda, Gonzalo (ATL)
  • Porter, Caleb (CLB)
  • Ramos, Tab (HOU)
  • Sartini, Vanni (VAN - Acting)
  • Savarese, Gio (POR)
  • Schmetzer, Brian (SEA)
  • Smith, Gary (NSH)
  • Struber, Gerhard (RBNY)
  • Vanney, Greg (LA)
  • Vermes, Peter (SKC)
  • Wolff, Josh (ATX)
Referee of the Year Nominees
  • Marrufo, Jair
  • Sibiga, Robert
  • Villarreal, Armando
Assistant Referee of the Year Nominees
  • Anderson, Frank
  • Anderson, Ian
  • Richardson, Cory