Who is your pick for MLS MVP?

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It is a debate that is sure to heat up in the days leading up the announcment of the final MLS end-of-season awards.

Who is the MLS MVP?

There are candidates scattered throughout MLS, with some candidates having stronger cases than others. In the case of some teams, like Los Angeles and Seattle, you have multiple candidates.

SBI will announce its staff-selected choice for MLS MVP next week, but for now, we want to hear from SBI readers on who they think is the right pick to be the 2011 MLS MVP.

We are presenting SBI readers with a 10-player ballot. In the interest of avoiding the splitting up of votes, we only have one player per team, which left out some good candidates, but this is the most fair way to present the ballot.

Now, without any further ado, cast your MLS MVP vote after the jump:


Who did you vote for? Who is missing from the ballot that you felt should have been on? Why did you feel your pick was the MVP?

Share your thoughts below.

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84 Responses to Who is your pick for MLS MVP?

  1. The Dude says:

    Rosales should be on that list. My vote would probably go like this: 1) De Rosario. 2) Henry. 3) Gonzalez. 4) Beckham. 5) Davis. 6) Rosales. 7) Alonso. Shea isn’t deserving of the award. He did well in the first half of the season, but faded badly after that.

    (SBI-The call between Rosales and Alonso is a tough one. I hear more people in Seattle say Alonso is the team MVP, that’s why he made this ballot.)

  2. Dan in New York says:


  3. tron says:

    De Ro just wants the Most Valuable Paycheque.

  4. djs says:

    As good a finishing kick to the season as Oduro had, I would have replaced him on the ballot with Eddie Gaven — the unsung hero of the Crew’s season that surpassed the expectations of many following the purge of vets (Schelotto, Hejduk et al) after the 2010 season.

    FYI, I voted for Davis by a nose over Shea.

  5. JW says:

    If we’re considering the entire season, then it’s Davis. 2nd half: it’s DeRo. IMHO.

    Have you already put up an LVP poll? Maybe two: one with everyone, and one for LVP besides Rafa.

  6. A wise man once says:

    Ha! Funny.

  7. mikey says:

    I was leaning Davis until I saw how the playoffs panned out. Davis goes down, Houston flies. Rosales goes down, Sounders sputter in the worst way.

    Rosales = MVP

  8. A wise man once says:

    Henry was the MVP of the first half, for the record.

  9. RS says:

    I know it is not always popular to say anything positive about Beckham, but screw it. Donovan had a sub-par year, Robbie Keane replaced a largely ineffective Robbie Keane, and injuries affected the Galaxy at various points. But Beckham had a consistently good year and was the inspirational leader of the team. More importantly, the individual quality of his game is at the top of the league and he stepped up when it mattered: playoff time.

    I don’t see anyone on the list that mixes these same attributes: individual quality, consistency, and raising his game at playoff time. Brad Davis is close, but Beckham nudges past him in my vote.

  10. tim says:

    Houston probably wouldnt have made it to KC without Davis though. And the Sounders looked pretty good in Game 2. So really your basing it off 2 games.

  11. JJ says:

    True Ives. Seattle is far worse off without Alonso than without Rosales. Both are money though.

  12. mikey says:

    It’s when it counts. Rosales was my #2 behind Davis before playoffs.

  13. john.q says:

    Robbie Rogers

  14. jcl says:

    Michael Orozco Fiscal

  15. Colin says:

    +1 for the Canadian spelling.

  16. Peretz48 says:

    For me, it’s Beckham. His presence completely unsettled defenses, and he was even more dangerous than Davis because you never knew where he’d pop up. Without him on the field L.A. would have been another run of the mill team.

  17. Rev up those Revs says:

    Gotta be DeRo. United would not have made the playoffs without him.

  18. jeffc2001@comcast.net says:

    De Ro for me, and not just because I’m a United fan. This award is for the 2011 season MVP, and I don’t thinkn not making the playoffs should effect his winning. He was an incredible player, and without him, DC would be nowhere near as good. Davis had a great season, but I still feel Houston would have done well without him. I don’t feel that way about a DC without De Ro.

  19. JP says:

    See, I would say Juninho is actually more important to the Galaxy’s success over the course of the season than Beckham. That dude is doing all the dirty work in the middle.

  20. Anthony says:


  21. KillerInstinct says:

    Shea also played three times more games int he last 2 months, than most on that list (Regular league, CONCACF, National Team)…he’s not a machine.

  22. wallace says:

    I don’t think united made playoffs.

  23. Brian says:

    David the best passer in the world Beckham. Very cheeky and consistently brilliant player who leaves it all on the field.

  24. KevDC says:

    Oui…but he’s earned it.

  25. abc says:

    1. DE ROSARIO by a mile
    2. Rosales
    3. Davis
    4. Shea
    5. Beckham

    Both Rosales and Omar Gonzalez should have been included in the poll over half those other guys…

  26. abc says:

    How is camp going Klinsy?

  27. abc says:

    So? His numbers speak for themselves.

  28. Landon Donovan says:


  29. Scooter says:

    Dero was the most outstanding player in the league this year. His goal and assist totals are big and he had moments where he dominated games in a way I’ve not seen from any other player in the league I don’t buy into the, “who was most valuable to their team” notion.

  30. Not an idiot says:

    Piss poor logic. If Seattle could freakin defend maybe they would be through not because of Rosales.

  31. Not an idiot says:

    Davis created 40% of Houston goals this season and you think they would have done without him? You are crazy. Maybe if De Ro would not have played for three different teams this season he would win and if DC would have made the playoffs. De Ro is sick but Davis is MVP. Better service than Beckham

  32. Not an idiot says:

    * Davis created 40% of Houston goals this season and you think they would have done well without him?

  33. klinsi says:

    Who is missing from the ballot that you felt should have been on?

    Robbie Rogers

  34. Eurosnob says:

    Davis has (16) assists and (4) goals, i.e., he was directly involved in 20 goals. De Rosario had 12 assists and 16 goals, i.e., he was directly involved in 28 goals. What is remarkable, however, is that he put these numbers playing with 3 different teams. It’s a big disadvantage to adjust to a new set of teammates mid season, not knowing their habits and having to develop chemistry on the field, but De Rosario overcame this and had an amazing season.

  35. Michael Stypulkoski says:

    It would be Beckham for me. Not only has he been the best player on the best team, but I think he takes what would have been a decent LA team without him and turns them into the best team in MLS by a wide margin.

    Aside from Beckham, I have to go with Davis. He lead a team which I expected nothing from to an MLS Cup berth.

  36. abc says:

    “He lead a team which I expected nothing from to an MLS Cup berth.”

    The MVP award, like MVP awards in every US team sport, is for the REGULAR SEASON not the playoffs.

  37. ThaDeuce says:


  38. Since 82 says:

    Kalif Alhassan.

  39. blag says:

    De Ro also stacked his stats in a very few games. As in, half of his goals came from hat tricks in 3 different games. Most of his stats come from stacked wins, not across the season. He was invisible in many other games, or only had a minor influence. So his stats do not tell the entire store. You cannot just look at a number and actually say that person is deserving because you have to see the circumstances that lead to that number.
    For me Brad Davis gets it because he did it consistently again many teams, not just a sputtered few. There were 17 goal scorers for the Dynamo. The only way that happens for a team is if someone is directly or indirectly providing. Davis provided to ways, first his service, second teams focused on him instead of the rest of the team.

  40. hogatroge says:

    Davis #5… surely you jest.

  41. hogatroge says:

    His numbers are about as valuable as Zimbabwe dollars as his team(s) didn’t make the playoffs.

  42. hogatroge says:

    I see what you did there.

  43. hogatroge says:

    It’s hard to argue a player is valuable if he doesn’t get his team(s) to the playoffs. It’s hard to argue a player is the MOST valuable for the exact same reason.

  44. esteban de la sexface says:

    @john.q, jcl made me laugh out loud, well done +1

  45. dgoshilla says:

    In what world do people live in where someone playing for a team that didn’t even make the playoffs is on the list for MVP? In what way was he valuable if they couldn’t make the playoffs?

  46. Ken says:

    I can’t imagine that Beckham won’t be the winner of the league award. Huge name, good stats, great team, and — oh yeah — huge name. What’s more surprising to me is that I think he’s earned it.

    This year’s incarnation of the Gals are one of the best teams MLS has ever seen — near-record league point total, Supporters’ Shield, CCL group stage winners, now the MLS cup final — with a forward tandem at the start of the season of Chad Barrett and Mike Magee. From what I’ve seen, the reason for that is David Beckham — he’s been the focal point of their offense and the guy that makes the team go when their other stars are having off nights. LA on the break is a terrifying sight for MLS defenses thanks to Beckham’s passing, and his ability to make plays from a deep-lying role allows the rest of the team to play the defense-first style that they do. Add in his set pieces and a truly remarkable amount of running for a guy his age (he’s what, 50 now?) and I think it’s fair to say that he’s finally having the on-field impact that the league was hoping for when they brought him here.

    There are some other great candidates — Davis probably meant as much or more to Houston as Beckham did to LA, and as a Sounders homer I have to throw in Ozzie Alonso — but Beckham gets my vote here and it isn’t particularly close.

  47. emman says:

    lol he doesn’t even go here

  48. emman says:


    Davis created 15 goals

    Houston does not score much, but when Davis’ set piece expertise/ composure on the ball is on display, Houston always has a chance.

  49. Bill says:

    Ferreira should be here…Thanks you Colorado hacks

  50. Emi says:

    No…Shea faded big time at the end.

  51. Trulio says:

    Imagine if Keane had a competent partner…If only they didn’t offer JPA a DP deal.

  52. God says:

    Mike Magee is Jesus

  53. Entry says:

    Maybe they finally get him a player. Oh wait… De Ro, where are you???

  54. Simpson says:

    This year was a little gassed…cant blame after a brilliant 2010

  55. B Bo says:

    JPA had a monster 2nd half, along with Wondo

  56. Tom says:

    Adan F’n Moffat

  57. Ben 7 says:

    Alonso and Zusi didnt show up at the end when it mattered

  58. Pedro says:

    Le Toux was still a one-man team in Philly. Nowak need to do something to help him out.

    How do scrubs like Carroll, Miglioranzi, and Mapp start over Adu, Torres, and Mwanga???

  59. Jason B says:


  60. MLSr says:

    Brad Davis is the calming influence Klinsmann needs in midfield. He has been ignored for too long. Hopefully he isn’t out of the Cup.

  61. Newfond says:

    Juninho is an important player that has come up with huge goals, but the defensive pressure of Becks is highly underrated.

  62. P Do says:

    Davis is great, but nobody in the world provides better service than Beckham. He turns guys like Magee and Barrett into goalscorers.

  63. DCU says:

    If the Galaxy win the MLS Cup then there is absolutely no way you can disagree with Beckham being the MVP. It’s great to do so well in the regular season but to also lead you team to a Supporter’s Shield and a MLS Cup, AND win your CCL group. COME ON

    Davis and DeRo were fantastic but Beckham has been on another level

  64. abc says:

    So basically you’re saying MVP (P for PLAYER) should be given out based on the overall quality of a team? DCU had a terrible defense, look at how many goals they allowed. DeRosario shouldn’t win MVP because the rest of the team sucked? You think if Brad Davis was on DC, they would have made the playoffs?

  65. abc says:

    That’s what drops him from 1-2 to 4. Problem is a lot of the other candidates are on the same team as each other (Beckham/Gonzalez, Rosales/Alonso, etc.), so if the team has multiple Most Valuable Player candidates, none of them can be all that valuable. Shea was the whole Dallas team, when he faded late, his team faded.

  66. abc says:

    “If the Galaxy win the MLS Cup…”

    Quoting myself:
    The MVP award, like MVP awards in every US team sport, is for the REGULAR SEASON not the playoffs.

  67. abc says:

    Pasting from above…

    So basically you’re saying MVP (P for PLAYER) should be given out based on the overall quality of a team? DCU had a terrible defense, look at how many goals they allowed. DeRosario shouldn’t win MVP because the rest of the team sucked? You think if Brad Davis was on DC, they would have made the playoffs?

  68. Blaher says:

    Le Toux? Which writer was stoned out of their mind when they came up with that one?

  69. Kishan Jeter says:

    With Brad Davis getting hurt in the line of duty, he was still instrumental in their win over Kansas City. His departure helped lift the team to a more intense level thus winning the Eastern Conference Title. Brad Davis is MVP whether on or off the field, amazing! Go Brad Davis for MVP, Go Dynamo!

  70. strider says:

    Generally this might be a decent argument. The problem is DeRo was not with DC long enough to do that. Had he been there all season they likely would have made the playoffs. So, you have to take the circumstances into consideration if you want to look at it from the “did the team make the playoffs” perspective. Meanwhile, he was able to be productive over the course of the season while making major adjustments to 2 different teams from the one he started out with. Obviously, DC was much better with DeRo.

  71. Michael Stypulkoski says:

    CAPS LOCK! As far as I know, only baseball (the only other sport I follow closely) votes for MVPs before the postseason begins, so playoffs aren’t considered by voters. As for other sports, it would be naive in the extreme to think that playoff performance doesn’t factor into voters’ decisions, whether they’re supposed to or not.

  72. DC Josh says:

    David Beckham was the most important player on the best team. Easy pick for me.

  73. Scooter says:

    If the award was called “most outstanding player” or ” player of the year” does that change how you evaluate who is deserving? I think the semantic distinction between “best” and “most valuable” is given too much weight in these situations. I think the award should go to the best player.

  74. Rowsdower says:

    Ah Soccer debates.. one of the few sports where you can put 4 people in a room and get 5 opinions.

    I voted for Brad Davis.

  75. Charles says:

    Shows you what a team game soccer is.

    I am thinking who on LA should be the guy and I can’t come up with one. Then I give consideration to DeRo who was on almost every non-playoff team this year.

  76. matt says:

    DeRo is perhaps the best player. His goalscoring has already been recognized with the Golden Boot. Davis is the most valuable player to his team…and he is a great face for the league too, adding value there.

    In the argument about Houston doing better w/o Davis in the playoffs: Davis had 2 assists in the playoffs. Versus KC, the Dynamo did better possession-wise when Davis was on field. When Davis was injured, the team was lost the rest of the half. In the 2nd half they picked up a goal off a free kick and then had more opportunities because KC started to press for an equalizer. The 2nd half worked for the Dynamo more because of the opportunity created by the timely goal than because “Davis was off the field.”

  77. Dinho says:

    Okay…even so, Supporter’s Shield winners. Period.

  78. hogatroge says:

    Davis carried a largely useless Houston team (no offense, lethargic defense) through the middle of the season single-handedly.

    Not going to argue that DeRo isn’t awesome…after all, he used to play for my team, and I respected him for wanting to play in Toronto, closer to home, when he left.

    That said, he stacked his stats in a few games and whether or not DC was on a late season roll, it was too little too late.

    I’m not trying to argue the semantics of the issue here, but Most Valuable Player and Best Player really are different things. Soccer is a team sport… it’s not boxing or golf.

  79. Eurosnob says:

    I cannot speak for his time with Red Bulls or Toronto, but DeRo was consistently a leader and difference maker for DCU this season. And speaking about padding stats in stacked wins, you are way off – DCU won 4 games by 3 goals or more – and DeRo scored in only one of these blowouts (3 goals and one assist in 4-1 win against RSL). In any event, are you really trying to argue that the player’s accomplishments should be diminished because he had several hat tricks and they account for half of his scoring? Well, Messi leads La Liga in scoring with 14 goals and 9 of these goals (or more than half) came of the hat tricks. Ronaldo has 13 goals in La Liga this season and astounding 12 of his goals came of hat tricks. Davis is underrated and is probably one of the best set piece specialists in this league, but did he really have a markedly better season than let’s say, Beckham, who had roughly similar stats (one less assist) for the LA Galaxy?

  80. hogatroge says:

    While I can see your point, I’m simply of the opposite opinion. It remains to be seen how the actual voters view the issue.

    That said, soccer is a team sport, so team success does count for something.

  81. mitchell says:

    He has single-handedly carried the Union for 2 years

  82. Kishan Jeter says:

    There’s a lot of teams who’s players are “a pack of Lions” but are led by a “Sheep”. The difference with the Houston Dynamo is that they’re “a herd of Sheep” being led by a “Lion”. And with that they’ve won 3 Conference Playoff Championships, 2 back to back MLS Cup Championships, reached the playoffs 5 out of 6 times, reached the Conference Playoffs 4 out of 6 times and all of this within only 6 years of being in Houston. Go Dynamo!

  83. Olly says:

    A couple of points on DeRo: DC United only won 5 of 18 games with DeRo in the lineup. They also only got 1 point out of 6 games down the stretch when they really needed it and still had a playoff chance. This this poor stretch of results basically started when Pontius got hurt. DeRo scored in only 3 wins for DC and 8 of his goals came against non-playoff teams. Doesn’t say MVP to me.

  84. Eric Fulton says:

    Bill, pls don’t be a jacks**, it’s not good for your health. Ferreira was injured by a Jon Leathers of the Vancouver Whitecaps. Facts, oh yeah, those things….