On the heels of his best MLS season yet, LA Galaxy captain Robbie Keane on Wednesday was honored with the 2014 Volkswagen MLS Most Valuable Player award.
The 34-year-old Republic of Ireland international enjoyed a phenomenal 2014, registering an MLS career-high 19 goals and 14 assists over 29 appearances, directly contributing to nearly half of the Galaxy's league-leading 69 goals.
Keane is the third LA Galaxy player to win the league MVP award, following in the footsteps of Carlos Ruiz (2002) and teammate Landon Donovan (2009).
His weighted vote total (88.69) beat out the two other finalists – Seattle Sounders forward Obafemi Martins (63.22) and New England Revolution midfielder Lee Nguyen (57.54), the latter of whom Keane and the Galaxy will face in Sunday's MLS Cup Final (3 pm ET; ESPN | UniMas | UDN | TSN1 | RDS2).
New York Red Bulls forward Bradley Wright-Phillips, who tied the single-season scoring record with 27 goals in the regular season, finished second among player votes and fourth overall, with a weighted total of 49.81.
|Player (Club)||% of Club Votes||% of Media Votes||% of Player Votes||Weighted Total|
|Robbie Keane (LA)||30.95||32.22||25.52||88.69|
|Obafemi Martins (SEA)||19.05||27.78||16.39||63.22|
|Lee Nguyen (NE)||21.43||18.89||17.22||57.54|
|Bradley Wright-Phillips (NY)||20.25||7.78||21.78||49.81|
ALL-TIME MLS MVPs
2014: Robbie Keane – LA Galaxy
2013: Mike Magee – Chicago Fire
2012: Chris Wondolowski – San Jose Earthquakes
2011: Dwayne De Rosario – D.C. United
2010: David Ferreira – FC Dallas
2009: Landon Donovan – LA Galaxy
2008: Guillermo Barros Schelotto – Columbus Crew
2007: Luciano Emilio – D.C. United
2006: Christian Gómez – D.C. United
2005: Taylor Twellman – New England Revolution
2004: Amado Guevara – MetroStars
2003: Preki – Kansas City Wizards
2002: Carlos Ruiz – LA Galaxy
2001: Alex Pineda Chacón – Miami Fusion
2000: Tony Meola – Kansas City Wizards
1999: Jason Kreis – Dallas Burn
1998: Marco Etcheverry – D.C. United
1997: Preki – Kansas City Wizards
1996: Carlos Valderrama – Tampa Bay Mutiny