The MLS MVP race was expected to be a close one between Robbie Keane and Mike Magee, two Los Angeles Galaxy teammates at the start of the season.
Instead, Magee won rather convincingly, according to the voting breakdown released Thursday, making him the second player in league history to win the award after being traded midseason. The 29-year-old was acquired by the Chicago Fire in May in exchange for the rights to Robbie Rogers, a rather one-sided transaction in the end.
Magee collected 15 goals and four assists in 22 games with Chicago. He scored six goals with the Galaxy, and his 21 overall were second most in the league behind Vancouver’s Camilo (22).
Most impressive, however, is the fact that Magee’s previous best was seven goals with the MetroStars back in 2003.
The other MVP to have been traded was Dwayne De Rosario in 2011, when he went from Toronto FC to the New York Red Bulls and then ultimately to D.C. United.
Here is the voting breakdown in this year’s race:
|Player (Club)||% of Club Votes||% of Media Votes||% of Player Votes||Weighted Total|
|Mike Magee (CHI)||34.69||37.33||26.79||98.81|
|Robbie Keane (LA)||22.45||24.0||12.11||58.56|
|Marco Di Vaio (MTL)||14.29||10.67||10.46||35.42|
|Tim Cahill (NY)||12.25||12.0||6.42||30.67|
Previous winners after the jump:
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All-Time MLS Most Valuable Players:
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
Player (Club) % of Club Votes % of Media Votes % of Player Votes Weighted Total
Mike Magee (CHI) 34.69 37.33 26.79 98.81
Robbie Keane (LA) 22.45 24.0 12.11 58.56
Marco Di Vaio (MTL) 14.29 10.67 10.46 35.42
Tim Cahill (NY) 12.25 12.0 6.42 30.67
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