The Landon Donovan MVP Award is an annual award for MLS players. It is voted on by media, MLS players, and club management and is given to the player deemed the most valuable player in the league each season.
From 1996 to 2007 the award was known as the Honda MLS Most Valuable Player, for commercial purposes. From 2007 to 2014, the award was titled the Volkswagen MLS Most Valuable Player.
Players for D.C. United have won the award a record four times, while Kansas City and Los Angeles Galaxy players have won a second best three times. Kansas City's Preki is the only player to ever win twice, in 1997 and 2003.
On January 15, 2015, MLS renamed its MVP award in honor of Landon Donovan.
|1996||Carlos Valderrama||Tampa Bay Mutiny||Roy Lassiter, Preki|
|1997||Preki||Kansas City Wizards||Marco Etcheverry, Carlos Valderrama|
|1998||Marco Etcheverry||D.C. United||Cobi Jones, Peter Nowak|
|1999||Jason Kreis||Dallas Burn||Marco Etcheverry, Jaime Moreno|
|2000||Tony Meola||Kansas City Wizards||Mamadou Diallo, Clint Mathis|
|2001||Alex Pineda Chacón||Miami Fusion||Jeff Agoos, Diego Serna|
|2002||Carlos Ruíz||Los Angeles Galaxy||Mark Chung, Taylor Twellman|
|2003||Preki (2)||Kansas City Wizards||Ante Razov, John Spencer|
|2004||Amado Guevara||MetroStars||Joe Cannon, Jaime Moreno|
|2005||Taylor Twellman||New England Revolution||Dwayne De Rosario, Jaime Moreno|
|2006||Christian Gómez||D.C. United||Jeff Cunningham, Dwayne De Rosario|
|2007||Luciano Emilio||D.C. United||Juan Pablo Ángel, Cuauhtémoc Blanco|
|2008||Guillermo Barros Schelotto||Columbus Crew||Landon Donovan, Cuauhtémoc Blanco|
|2009||Landon Donovan||Los Angeles Galaxy||Shalrie Joseph, Jeff Cunningham|
|2010||David Ferreira||FC Dallas||Edson Buddle, Chris Wondolowski|
|2011||Dwayne De Rosario||D.C. United||Brad Davis, Brek Shea|
|2012||Chris Wondolowski||San Jose Earthquakes||Thierry Henry, Graham Zusi|
|2013||Mike Magee||Chicago Fire||Robbie Keane, Marco Di Vaio|
|2014||Robbie Keane||LA Galaxy||Lee Nguyen, Obafemi Martins|
|2015||Sebastian Giovinco||Toronto FC||Kei Kamara, Benny Feilhaber|
|2016||David Villa||New York City FC||Bradley Wright-Phillips, Sacha Kljestan|
|2017||Diego Valeri||Portland Timbers||David Villa, Nemanja Nikolić|
|2018||Josef Martínez||Atlanta United||Miguel Almirón, Zlatan Ibrahimović|
|2019||Carlos Vela||Los Angeles FC||Zlatan Ibrahimović, Josef Martínez|
|2020||Alejandro Pozuelo||Toronto FC||Andre Blake, Nicolás Lodeiro, Jordan Morris, Diego Rossi|
LA Galaxy, also known as Los Angeles Galaxy, are an American professional soccer club based in the Los Angeles metropolitan area. The Galaxy competes in Major League Soccer (MLS), as a member of the Western Conference. The club began play in 1996 as one of the league's 10 charter members.
The MLS Cup is the annual championship game of Major League Soccer (MLS) and the culmination of the MLS Cup Playoffs. The game is held in early November and pits the winner of the Eastern Conference Final against the winner of the Western Conference Final. The MLS Cup winner is awarded the title of league champion.
Landon Timothy Donovan is an American retired professional soccer player who is the manager, co-founder, and vice-president of soccer operations for USL Championship side San Diego Loyal SC.
Michael Magee is an American former soccer player who last played for LA Galaxy in Major League Soccer as a forward. In the 2013 season with the Chicago Fire, Magee scored 21 goals and was named the MLS MVP.
Edson Michael Buddle is an American retired soccer player who is currently the head coach of USL League Two side Westchester Flames. He is one of only 11 players to have scored 100 goals in Major League Soccer history.
Nicholas Paul Rimando is an American retired soccer player who last played as a goalkeeper for Real Salt Lake in Major League Soccer and the United States national team. He holds the Major League Soccer records for career wins, shutouts, saves, and overall appearances.
MLS Cup 2003 was the eighth edition of the MLS Cup, the championship match of Major League Soccer (MLS), which took place on November 23, 2003. It was hosted at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California, and was contested by the Chicago Fire and the San Jose Earthquakes to decide the champion of the 2003 season. Both teams had previously won the MLS Cup and were looking for their second championship.
Benny Feilhaber is an American soccer coach and retired professional player who is currently on the technical staff of Major League Soccer side Sporting Kansas City. A midfielder, Feilhaber played for clubs in Germany, Denmark, England, and the United States. Born in Brazil but raised in the United States, he represented the United States internationally, including at the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
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 California Clasico is the name given to the soccer rivalry between the LA Galaxy and the San Jose Earthquakes. This Major League Soccer rivalry reached its zenith from 2001 to 2005, during which time the Earthquakes and the Galaxy combined to win four MLS Cup titles. The term "Clasico" is commonly used to refer to other rivalries in Spanish-speaking countries, most prominently, the Spanish Clásico between Barcelona and Real Madrid, or the Argentine Superclásico between Boca Juniors and River Plate.
The 2011 Major League Soccer season was the 99th season of FIFA-sanctioned soccer, the 33rd with a national first-division league, in the United States and Canada, and the 16th season of Major League Soccer. The season marked the arrival of two new league clubs, Portland Timbers and Vancouver Whitecaps FC, whose cities previously had clubs of similar name play in the USSF D2 Pro League. Those two new West Coast clubs led to a realignment of the league's conferences, with Houston Dynamo moving to the Eastern Conference to create two conferences of nine teams each.
MLS Cup 2011, the 16th edition of Major League Soccer's championship match, was played between the Houston Dynamo and the Los Angeles Galaxy to decide the champion of the 2011 season. The match was played at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California on November 20, 2011. Los Angeles won their third championship, defeating Houston 1–0 off a 72nd-minute goal from Galaxy captain Landon Donovan. David Beckham and Robbie Keane assisted the game's lone goal. With the win, the Galaxy became the first team since the Columbus Crew in 2008 to win both the Supporters' Shield and MLS Cup in the same year.
The 2015 Major League Soccer season featured 20 total clubs. The regular season was held from March 6 through to October 25, whereas the MLS Cup Playoffs began on October 28 and ended with MLS Cup 2015 on December 6. The defending MLS Cup champions were the LA Galaxy, while Seattle Sounders FC were the defending Supporters' Shield winners.
Los Angeles Football Club, commonly referred to as LAFC, is an American professional soccer team based in Los Angeles. The club competes in Major League Soccer (MLS) as a member club of the league's Western Conference. The club was established on October 30, 2014, and began play during the 2018 season as an expansion team. The club plays their home matches at Banc of California Stadium, a soccer-specific stadium located in Exposition Park.
The 2018 Major League Soccer season was the 23rd season of Major League Soccer, top division of soccer in the United States and Canada. The regular season began on March 3, 2018 and concluded on October 28, 2018. The MLS Cup Playoffs began on October 31, 2018 and concluded with MLS Cup 2018 on December 8, 2018. The league took a nine-day hiatus in early June for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, reduced from previous breaks.
The 2018 Atlanta United FC season was the second season of Atlanta United FC's existence, and the tenth year that a professional soccer club from Atlanta, Georgia competed in the top division of American soccer. Atlanta played their home matches at Mercedes-Benz Stadium and were coached by Gerardo "Tata" Martino. Outside of MLS, the team participated in the 2018 U.S. Open Cup and the 2018 MLS Cup Playoffs, as well as various preseason competitions.
The 2019 Major League Soccer season was the 24th season of Major League Soccer. The regular season began on March 2, 2019 and ended on October 6. The MLS Cup Playoffs began on October 19 and concluded with MLS Cup 2019 on November 10, under a new format that included 14 teams and consisted only of single-match rounds.
The 2019 Seattle Sounders FC season was the club's eleventh season in Major League Soccer, the United States' top-tier of professional soccer. The 2019 season was Brian Schmetzer's third full MLS season as head coach of the Sounders. Seattle-based Zulily became the official jersey sponsor of the Sounders in the 2019 season.