|Best MLS Player ESPY Award|
|Awarded for||best MLS player|
|Location||Microsoft Theater, Los Angeles (2019)|
|Currently held by||Diego Rossi (URU)|
The Best MLS Player ESPY Award is an annual award honoring the achievements of an individual from the world of Major League Soccer (MLS).It was first awarded as part of the ESPY Awards in 2006. The Best MLS Player ESPY Award trophy, designed by sculptor Lawrence Nowlan, 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. 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. 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.
The inaugural winner of the Best MLS Player ESPY Award was LA Galaxy forward Landon Donovan in 2006.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. 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.
Player's team won the MLS Cup
Player's team lost in the MLS Cup
† MLS Cup MVP
|2006||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
|2007||Landon Donovan (2)||USA||LA Galaxy||Forward|| Jeff Cunningham ( USA) – Toronto FC |
Christian Gómez ( ARG) – D.C. United
Matt Reis ( USA) – New England Revolution
|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
|2009||Landon Donovan (3)||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
|2010||Landon Donovan (4)||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
|2011||Landon Donovan (5)†||USA||LA Galaxy||Forward|| Edson Buddle ( USA) – LA Galaxy |
David Ferreira ( COL) – FC Dallas
Chris Wondolowski ( USA) – San Jose Earthquakes
|2012||David Beckham (2)||ENG||LA Galaxy||Right midfielder|| Dwayne De Rosario ( CAN) – D.C. United |
Brad Davis ( USA) – Houston Dynamo
Chris Wondolowski ( USA) – San Jose Earthquakes
|2013||Thierry Henry||FRA||New York Red Bulls||Forward|| Chris Wondolowski ( USA) – San Jose Earthquakes |
Graham Zusi ( USA) – Sporting Kansas City
|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
|2015||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
|2016||Sebastian Giovinco||ITA||Toronto FC||Forward|| Kei Kamara ( SLE) – New England Revolution |
Laurent Ciman ( BEL) – Montreal Impact
Luis Robles ( USA) – New York Red Bulls
|2017||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
|2018||Nemanja Nikolić||HUN||Chicago Fire||Forward|| Tim Melia ( USA) – Sporting Kansas City |
Ike Opara ( USA) – Sporting Kansas City
Diego Valeri ( ARG) – Portland Timbers
|2019||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
|2020||Not awarded due to the COVID-19 pandemic|
|2021||Diego Rossi||URU||Los Angeles FC||Forward|
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