One way or another, the MLS MVP award will head to one of the league's two New York teams.
New York Red Bulls stars Sacha Kljestan and Bradley Wright-Phillips and New York City FC forward David Villa are the finalists for the league's MVP honors–the Landon Donovan MVP Award–the league confirmed on Tuesday.
Wright-Phillips won the league's Golden Boot with 24 goals, while Villa was one off the pace at 23. Kljestan notched a league-high 20 assists. Both of their clubs trail in the Eastern Conference semifinals prior to hosting the second legs, with the Red Bulls falling 1-0 to the Montreal Impact and NYCFC losing 2-0 to Toronto FC in their respective first legs. TFC's Sebastian Giovinco, last year's winner, was omitted from the finalists following a season in which he had 17 goals and 15 assists despite missing six games.
Seattle Sounders and U.S. men's national team forward Jordan Morris is a finalist for the league's Rookie of the Year honors, joined by NYCFC's Jack Harrison and the Philadelphia Union's Keegan Rosenberry.
Colorado Rapids midseason addition Tim Howard is a finalist for Goalkeeper of the Year, along with Philadelphia's Andre Blake and reigning winner and Red Bulls backstop Luis Robles.
MLS Cup Winners Through The Years
1996 — D.C. United
1996 — D.C. United (beat LA Galaxy 3-2 in extra time)
1997 — D.C. United
1997 — D.C. United (beat Colorado Rapids 2-1)
1998 — Chicago Fire
1998 — Chicago Fire (beat D.C. United 2-0)
1999 — D.C. United
1999 — D.C. United (beat LA Galaxy 2-0)
2000 — Kansas City Wizards
2000 — Kansas City Wizards (beat Chicago Fire 1-0)
2001 — San Jose Earthquakes
2001 — San Jose Earthquakes (beat LA Galaxy 2-1 in extra time)
2002 — LA Galaxy
2002 — LA Galaxy (beat New England Revolution 1-0 in extra time)
2003 — San Jose Earthquakes
2003 — San Jose Earthquakes (beat Chicago Fire 4-2)
2004 — D.C. United
2004 — D.C. United (beat Kansas City Wizards 3-2)
2005 — Los Angeles Galaxy
2005 — Los Angeles Galaxy (beat New England Revolution 1-0 in extra time)
2006 — Houston Dynamo
2006 — Houston Dynamo (beat New England Revolution in penalty kicks after 1-1 draw)
2007 — Houston Dynamo
2007 — Houston Dynamo (beat New England Revolution 2-1)
2008 — Columbus Crew
2008 — Columbus Crew (beat New York Red Bulls 3-1)
2009 — Real Salt Lake
2009 — Real Salt Lake (beat LA Galaxy in penalty kicks after 1-1 draw)
2010 — Colorado Rapids
2010 — Colorado Rapids (beat FC Dallas 2-1 in extra time)
2011 — LA Galaxy
2011 — LA Galaxy (beat Houston Dynamo 1-0)
2012 — LA Galaxy
2012 — LA Galaxy (beat Houston Dynamo 3-1)
2013 — Sporting Kansas City
2013 — Sporting Kansas City (beat Real Salt Lake in penalty kicks after 1-1 draw)
2014 — LA Galaxy
2014 — LA Galaxy (beat New England Revolution 2-1 in extra time)
2015 – Portland Timbers
2015 – Portland Timbers (beat Columbus Crew SC 2-1)
2016 – Seattle Sounders
2016 – Seattle Sounders (beat Toronto FC in penalty kicks after 0-0 draw)
2017 – Toronto FC
2017 – Toronto FC (beat Seattle Sounders 2-0)
2018 - Atlanta United
2018 - Atlanta United (beat Portland Timbers 2-0)
The Defender of the Year will be a center back from the Western Conference, as FC Dallas's Matt Hedges, LA Galaxy's Jelle Van Damme and Colorado's Axel Sjoberg make up the finalists.
Van Damme is also a finalist for Newcomer of the Year, along with Columbus Crew SC's Ola Kamara and Seattle's Nicolas Lodeiro.
Coach of the Year will come down to Colorado's Pablo Mastroeni, FC Dallas's Oscar Pareja and NYCFC's Patrick Vieira.
The Comeback Player of the Year will be either NYCFC's Frank Lampard, Orlando City's Kevin Molino or Philadelphia's Chris Pontius.
The MVP award will be the last one handed out, with the league announcing its winner on Dec. 6. Rookie of the Year will be announced Nov. 10, followed by Comeback Player (Nov. 16), Goalkeeper (Nov. 17), Newcomer (Nov. 21) and Coach (Nov. 29).