Best MLS Player ESPY Award

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Best MLS Player ESPY Award
Awarded forbest MLS player
LocationMicrosoft Theater, Los Angeles (2019)
Presented byESPN
First awarded2006
Currently held byZlatan Ibrahimović (SWE)[1]
Websitewww.espn.co.uk/espys/

The Best MLS Player ESPY Award is an annual award honoring the achievements of an individual from the world of Major League Soccer (MLS).[2] It was first awarded as part of the ESPY Awards in 2006.[3] The Best MLS Player ESPY Award trophy, designed by sculptor Lawrence Nowlan,[4] is presented to the Major League Soccer player adjudged to be the best in a given calendar year at the annual ESPY Awards ceremony in Los Angeles.[2] Balloting for the award is undertaken by fans over the Internet from between three and five nominees selected by the ESPN Select Nominating Committee, which is composed by a panel of experts.[2] It is conferred in July to reflect performance and achievement over the preceding twelve months, which generally includes a portion of each of two MLS seasons.[5]

The inaugural winner of the Best MLS Player ESPY Award was LA Galaxy forward Landon Donovan in 2006.[6] He is one of two people to have been presented with the award more than once in its history, winning it a further four times in 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2011; he also earned a nomination in 2008. English right midfielder David Beckham, also for LA Galaxy, has been the second most successful player, winning twice in 2008 and 2012. American players have been the most successful with five wins and twenty-one nominations, while those who play in the position of a forward have been recognized on twelve occasions, and those who have played for LA Galaxy have won a total of nine awards and been nominated three more times. It was not awarded in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[7] The 2019 holder of the Best MLS Player ESPY Award was Swedish forward Zlatan Ibrahimović of LA Galaxy who was announced as the winner at the Microsoft Theater.[1]

Winners and nominees[edit]

  Player's team won the MLS Cup
  Player's team lost in the MLS Cup
MLS Cup MVP

Best MLS Player ESPY Award winners and nominees
Year Image Player Nation Team Position Other nominees Ref(s)
2006 Landon Donovan at the 2004 MLS All-Star Game Landon Donovan  USA LA Galaxy Forward Dwayne De Rosario ( CAN) – San Jose Earthquakes
Jaime Moreno ( BOL) – D.C. United
Taylor Twellman ( USA) – New England Revolution
[6][3]
2007 Landon Donovan practicing in 2006 Landon Donovan  USA LA Galaxy Forward Jeff Cunningham ( USA) – Toronto FC
Christian Gómez ( ARG) – D.C. United
Matt Reis ( USA) – New England Revolution
[8][9]
2008 David Beckham playing for LA Galaxy in 2008 David Beckham  ENG LA Galaxy Right midfielder Juan Pablo Ángel ( COL) – New York Red Bulls
Cuauhtémoc Blanco ( MEX) – Chicago Fire
Landon Donovan ( USA) – LA Galaxy
Luciano Emílio ( BRA) – D.C. United
[9][10]
2009 Landon Donovan warming up for a soccer game in 2014 Landon Donovan  USA LA Galaxy Forward Juan Pablo Ángel ( COL) – New York Red Bulls
Jon Busch ( USA) – Chicago Fire
Kenny Cooper ( USA) – FC Dallas
Guillermo Barros Schelotto ( ARG) – Columbus Crew
[11]
2010 Landon Donovan playing in a soccer game in 2010 Landon Donovan  USA LA Galaxy Forward Conor Casey ( USA) – Colorado Rapids
Jeff Cunningham ( USA) – FC Dallas
Shalrie Joseph ( GRD) – New England Revolution
Kasey Keller ( USA) – Seattle Sounders FC
[12][13]
2011 Landon Donovan holding a soccer ball in 2011 game Landon Donovan  USA LA Galaxy Forward Edson Buddle ( USA) – LA Galaxy
David Ferreira ( COL) – FC Dallas
Chris Wondolowski ( USA) – San Jose Earthquakes
[14][15]
2012 David Beckham at a visit of the United States Embassy in London in 2012 David Beckham  ENG LA Galaxy Right midfielder Dwayne De Rosario ( CAN) – D.C. United
Brad Davis ( USA) – Houston Dynamo
Chris Wondolowski ( USA) – San Jose Earthquakes
[16][17]
2013 Thierry Henry with the New York Red Bulls in 2013 Thierry Henry  FRA New York Red Bulls Forward Chris Wondolowski ( USA) – San Jose Earthquakes
Graham Zusi ( USA) – Sporting Kansas City
[18]
2014 Tim Cahill playing for the New York Red Bulls in 2014 Tim Cahill  AUS New York Red Bulls Forward Marco Di Vaio ( ITA) – Montreal Impact
Robbie Keane ( IRL) – LA Galaxy
Mike Magee ( USA) – Chicago Fire
[19]
2015 Robbie Keane at an international soccer game in 2013 Robbie Keane  IRL LA Galaxy Forward Obafemi Martins ( NGA) – Seattle Sounders FC
Lee Nguyen ( USA) – New England Revolution
Bradley Wright-Phillips ( ENG) – New York Red Bulls
[20]
2016 Sebastian Giovinco playing for FC Toronto in 2015 Sebastian Giovinco  ITA Toronto FC Forward Kei Kamara ( SLE) – New England Revolution
Laurent Ciman ( BEL) – Montreal Impact
Luis Robles ( USA) – New York Red Bulls
[21][22]
2017 Villa with New York City in May 2015 David Villa  ESP New York City FC Forward Andre Blake ( JAM) – Philadelphia Union
Stefan Frei (  SUI) – Seattle Sounders FC
Matt Hedges ( USA) – FC Dallas
Bradley Wright-Phillips ( ENG) – New York Red Bulls
[23]
2018 Nemanja Nikolic playing for the Chicago Fire in May 2018 Nemanja Nikolić  HUN Chicago Fire Forward Tim Melia ( USA) – Sporting Kansas City
Ike Opara ( USA) – Sporting Kansas City
Diego Valeri ( ARG) – Portland Timbers
[24][25]
2019 Zlatan Ibrahimović attending the 2018 FIFA World Cup Zlatan Ibrahimović  SWE LA Galaxy Forward Josef Martínez ( VEN) – Atlanta United FC
Aaron Long ( USA) – New York Red Bulls
Wayne Rooney ( ENG) – D.C. United
[1]
2020 Not awarded due to the COVID-19 pandemic [7]

Statistics[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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