Major League Soccer MVP Race: The Field Is Wide Open

SEATTLE, WA - AUGUST 27: Mauro Rosales #10 of the Seattle Sounders FC scores on a penalty kick during the first half of the game at CenturyLink Field on August 27, 2011 in Seattle, Washington. The Sounders won the game 6-2 (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)

Eight different players received at least one first place vote in SB Nation's Major League Soccer MVP tracking poll. In the coming days, we will profile many of them.


With 22 SB Nation Soccer editors casting ballots, 11 different players received at least some consideration. This table shows how many 1st and 2nd place votes, how many total points (3 for 1st, 2 for 2nd and 1 for 3rd) and how many ballots each player received. Click the player's name to go to their MVP profile:
1st 2nd total ballots
Brek Shea 5 4 28 13
Brad Davis 3 7 26 12
Mauro Rosales 3 4 21 11
Dwayne DeRosario 4 1 17 8
Fredy Montero 3 1 12 5
Landon Donovan 0 2 7 5
Thierry Henry 1 1 6 3
David Beckham 2 0 6 2
Osvaldo Alonso 1 1 5 2
Sebastien Le Toux 0 1 3 2
Omar Gonzalez 0 0 1 1

Take a snapshot of the Major League Soccer season at almost any point and any number of players will have emerged as a serious contender for MVP. At midseason, it seemed as though it was Brek Shea's to lose. As he started to fade, players like Mauro Rosales emerged. More recently, Dwayne DeRosario has become the hot item. 

That doesn't even mention the biggest names like Thierry Henry, Landon Donovan and David Beckham, all of whom are having huge seasons and will surely draw some serious interest from voters.

With just one week left in the MLS season, SBN Soccer has decided to profile all the players we consider serious contenders for the award. In our most recent tracking poll, eight different players received at least one first-place vote from the 22 editors who cast a ballot. No players received more than six first-place votes (Dwayne DeRosario) and six players received at least two votes. To call this race wide open, seems to be a significant understatement.

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