Topping off the other season awards, on Friday, MLS named LA Galaxy forward Robbie Keane as Most Valuable Player of the 2014 season, his fourth season with MLS.
Keane tallied 19 goals and added 14 assists, placing third in MLS for goals and tying for second-most assists, giving the Designated Player the highest combination of goals and assists in the league. Keane also recorded the highest number of game-winning assists in 2014 with six. The Irish international will captain the Galaxy when it hosts the New England Revolution in MLS Cup on Sunday, Dec. 7 at 3:00 p.m. ET at StubHub Center and broadcast on ESPN, UniMas, UDN, TSN and RDS.
The other two MVP finalists were Seattle Sounders forward Obafemi Martins and New England Revolution midfielder Lee Nguyen.
Goalkeeper of the Year: Bill Hamid (DC United)
In other awards named earlier this week, Goalkeeper of the Year was claimed by D.C. United’s Bill Hamid in his fifth season. Hamid set regular season career highs with 10 shutouts and 110 saves and finished second in league shutouts and recorded the second-best goals against average. The other two finalists were Real Salt Lake’s Nick Rimando and Columbus Crew’s Steve Clark.
Newcomer of the Year: Pedro Morales (Vancouver Whitecaps)
Vancouver Whitecaps midfielder and captain Pedro Morales, 29, won Newcomer of the Year for leading Vancouver to its first playoff appearance since 2012, propelling the team ahead with 10 goals and 12 assists. Chilean Morales joined the Whitecaps from Spain’s La Liga side Málaga FC as a Designated Player in March. The other two finalists were Revolution midfielder Jermaine Jones and LA Galaxy midfielder Stefan Ishizaki.
Coach of the Year: Ben Olsen (DC United)
After leading United from the bottom of MLS last year to a first-place finish in the Eastern Conference in 2014, head coach Ben Olsen was named MLS Coach of the Year. In his fourth season as head coach, Olsen ended the regular season atop the Eastern Conference with a 17-9-8 record and a club-record total of 59 points. The other two finalists were Seattle Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid and Columbus Crew SC head coach Gregg Berhalter.
Comeback Player of the Year: Rodney Wallace (Portland Timbers)
Portland Timbers midfielder Rodney Wallace won Comeback Player of the Year after missing the first 16 regular season matches of 2014 while recovering from offseason knee surgery. Wallace went on to record five goals and one assist in 17 appearances. The other two finalists were Revolution forward Charlie Davies and Seattle Sounders goalkeeper Stefan Frei.
Humanitarian of the Year: A.J. DeLaGarza (LA Galaxy)
DeLaGarza won Humanitarian of the Year for his time working with Camps for Kids, visiting patients at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and unveiling a new soccer field in South Los Angeles. Earlier this year, DeLaGarza’s newborn son died from a congenital heart defect and he directed all monetary support from supporters to the Heart Center at CHLA, raising over $25,000. The other two finalists were FC Dallas defender Zach Loyd and Portland Timbers midfielder Diego Chara.
Defender of the Year: Chad Marshall (Seattle Sounders FC)
Chad Marshall won Defender of the Year by anchoring Seattle’s back line, and helping the club win its first-ever Supporters’ Shield and fourth U.S. Open Cup title. He also scored one goal and added three assists in his 31 starts for the Cascadia club. It is Marshall’s third Defender of the Year award, the most any defender has won in MLS history. The other two finalists were D.C. United defender Bobby Boswell and LA Galaxy defender Omar Gonzalez.
Referee and Assistant Referee of the Year: Mark Geiger, Paul Scott
Mark Geiger was voted Referee of the Year for the second time in his career. Geiger was selected as one of the 25 referees in 2014 World Cup in Brazil and was head referee in the Group C opener between Colombia and Greece and in the match between Spain and Chile. He became the first American to referee a knockout match when he was assigned to France vs. Nigeria. Geiger also was the fourth official in the group match Italy vs. Uruguay, featuring the infamous Suarez biting incident, and the semifinal game, Brazil vs. Germany.
Paul Scott won the Assistant Referee of the Year award.
Rookie of the Year: Tesho Akindele (FC Dallas)
FC Dallas’s Tesho Akindele, 22, scored seven goals and added three assists during the regular season and also tallied a goal in the MLS Cup Playoffs. Akindele was named MLS Player of the Week for week 23 after he recorded his first MLS hat trick in a 5-0 win over the San Jose Earthquakes. The other two finalists were Chicago Fire midfielder Harry Shipp and D.C. United defender Steve Birnbaum.
Fair Play Award: Michael Parkhurst (Columbus Crew)
Defender Michael Parkhurst won the Fair Play award by committing only 11 fouls and drawing one yellow card. In five MLS seasons, the Rhode Island native has never recorded more than 12 fouls and two yellow cards in a single season. Parkhurst has won the Fair Play Award three times. This award is based on fouls committed, cards received, games & minutes played, and sportsmanlike behavior. The other two finalists were Chicago Fire midfielder Harry Shipp and Portland Timbers midfielder Darlington Nagbe.
Team Fair Play Award: Philadelphia Union
The Philadelphia Union earned the fewest cards in MLS in 2014, receiving 37 yellow cards and five red cards throughout the season. Also, the Union’s 413 fouls were the fifth-lowest in the league.
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