LA Galaxy forward Robbie Keane named 2014 MLS MVP
LA Galaxy forward Robbie Keane has been named Major League Soccer's Most Valuable Player for the 2014 season, the league announced Wednesday.
Keane beat out Seattle Sounders forward Obafemi Martins and New England Revolution midfielder Lee Nguyen to win the award. The Galaxy forward finished with 30.95 percent of club votes, 32.22 percent of media votes and 25.52 percent of player votes, giving him a weighted total of 88.69. Martins finished second with a weighted total of 63.22.
In 29 appearances (28 starts) this season, Keane scored 19 goals and recorded 14 assists, helping the Galaxy finish second in the Western Conference. The Galaxy advanced to the 2014 MLS Cup on Sunday after defeating Seattle Sounders in the Western Conference Final on away goals.
Keane, who joined LA Galaxy in 2011, becomes the first player from the club to win league MVP since Landon Donovan in 2009. The 34-year-old forward was named to the 2014 MLS Best XI earlier this week.
Since Keane joined the club, the Galaxy have won two MLS Cups. The Irish international recorded MLS career-highs in goals, assists, shots and shots on goal this season.
LA Galaxy will host the New England Revolution on Sunday in MLS Cup 2014.
- Stanley Kay