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LA's Keane edges Sounders' Martin for MVP

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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).

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