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Pappa wins Premios Univision Deportes for MLS

Seattle Sounders FC midfielder Marco Pappa won the MLS Player of the Year Award Thursday night at the inaugural Premios Univision Deportes (Univision Sports Awards). Univision Deportes is the sport division of Univision Communications Inc., the leading media company serving Hispanic America. Pappa, 27, edged Portland Timbers midfielder Diego Valeri and Chivas USA forward Erick Torres for the award. The Guatemalan had six goals and five assists in 28 appearances in 2014, including a brace in the Supporters' Shield-clinching 2-0 win over the LA Galaxy in Seattle's 2014 regular season finale on October 25. Video of Pappa receiving the award can be found via the following link: A total of 65 sports figures were nominated for their accomplishments on and off the field across multiple sports, including soccer, basketball, baseball, boxing, auto racing and more. Premios Univision Deportes winners were decided by fans and a diverse committee of sports personalities, including journalists, broadcasters and retired world-class athletes. Fan-selected awards included Best Goal, Best Extreme Sports Athlete, Best Social Post of the Year and Best Artistic Performance by an Athlete.

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Major League Soccer legend Landon Donovan and Seattle Sounders FC midfielder Marco Pappa were among the winners at the inaugural Premios Univision Deportes (Univision Sports Awards), which aired nationally on Thursday night on UniMás and UDN (Univision Deportes Network). LA Galaxy icon and six-time MLS Cup champion Landon Donovan was recognized with the first-ever Premios Univision Deportes’ Lifetime Achievement Award. MLS Commissioner Don Garber was on hand to present the League’s all-time leading scorer and assist man with the award. Footage of Donovan’s acceptance speech and special tribute video can be found here.Seattle’s Pappa took home the night’s first award presented by New York City FC’s David Villa, actress and former Miss Universe Dayana Mendoza, and Univision Deportes talent Jorge Pérez Navarro, edging out Erick “Cubo” Torres and Diego Valeri for the MLS Player of the Year Award. To watch Pappa receive the honor, click here. Torres was also nominated for Goal of the Year.

Complete list of winners for Premios Univision Deportes 2014:· Best Soccer Game of the Year – Germany 7 – Brazil 1 (2014 World Cup)

· Best Boxer of the Year – Miguel Cotto

· Best MLS Player of the Year – Marco Pappa

· Best Sports Moment of the Year – Miguel “El Piojo” Herrera

· Best Baseball Player of the Year – Nelson Cruz

· Best Liga MX Player of the Year – Alfredo Talavera

· Breakthrough of the Year – James Rodríguez

· Best Save of the Year – Guillermo Ochoa

· Best Car Racing Performance – Carlos Muñoz

· Best Basketball Player of the Year – Manu Ginobili

· Best World Cup Record – Faryd Modragón

· Best Hispanic Performance in Europe – Ángel di María

· Chespirito Award, For the Love of Sports – Community Hero Winner, Julio Gutiérrez

· Sports Achievement of the Year – Costa Rica National Team

· Goal of the Year – James Rodríguez

· Extreme Sports Athlete of the Year – Rafa Ortíz

· Athlete Post on Social Media – Neymar da Silva Santos Jr. (Twitter)

· Best Artistic Performance by an Athlete – Carlos “El Pibe” Valderrama

· Humanitarian Work Award – Albert Pujols

· Parathlete of the Year Award – Héctor Picard

· Tennis Performance Award – Mónica Puig

· Lifetime Achievement Award – Landon Donovan

· Best Liga MX Coach – Antonio Mohamed