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Sebastian Giovinco took MLS by storm last year, scoring 22 goals and assisting on 16 others. That marked the highest combined total in league history.
He has not been as consistent this year, and yet he debuts atop our list handicapping the race for the Landon Donovan MVP trophy.
Here's how we determined the rankings: 10 of MLSsoccer.com's editors were polled for their top five MVP candidates, as of July 31. Their votes were aggregated, resulting in the list below.
Five points were given to a player who received a 1st-place vote, four to a 2nd-place vote, three to a 3rd-place vote, two for a 4th-place vote and one point was given if a player received a 5th-place vote.
This is an unofficial list. It does NOT reflect actual MVP voting.