A month ago, Sebastian Giovinco narrowly led our inital rankings with New York City's David Villa in close pursuit. Injured against Montreal, it appears absence has indeed made the heart grow fonder: Giovinco has stretched out that margin as Villa has been pressured from below, mainly by recent US national team call-up Sacha Kljestan, joined in his charge up the charts by Red Bulls teammate Bradley Wright-Phillips.
Here's how we determined the rankings: 15 MLSsoccer.com staffers were polled for their top five MVP candidates, as of Sept. 5. 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. The highest possible total was 75 points.
This is an unofficial list. It does NOT reflect actual MVP voting.