Today at an event in Los Angeles, Major League Soccer unveiled LA Galaxy forward Robbie Keane as the Volkswagen MLS Most Valuable Player for the 2014 season. The recognition comes on the heels of a season – his fourth with the LA Galaxy – that proved to be the Irish international’s best in MLS to date.
In 29 games, Keane recorded 19 goals and tallied 14 assists, both MLS career highs. He placed third in the league for goals while tying for second-most assists, giving the Designated Player the highest combination of goals and assists in the league. Keane also recorded the highest number of game-winning assists in 2014 with six.
Since signing with the Galaxy in late 2011, the iconic forward has notched a total of 53 goals and 35 assists in 84 regular season appearances. Keane will captain the Galaxy as it hosts on New England Revolution in MLS Cup 2014 on Sunday, Dec. 7 at 3:00 p.m. ET at StubHub Center (ESPN, UniMas, UDN, TSN and RDS).
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The award was voted on by media, MLS players and MLS club management based on regular season performance. The other two finalists were Seattle Sounders FC forward Obafemi Martins and New England Revolution midfielder Lee Nguyen.
All-Time MLS Most Valuable Players:
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