Aug 27, 2013, 6:40 PM EDT
Here is our current view of how the league’s Most Valuable Player race is shaping up:
1. Mike Magee:
We cannot really say Magee is in a scoring slump; that’s not exactly fair or even accurate.
What we can say is that the season savior around Toyota Park, whose arrival has been one of the best stories of Major League Soccer 2013, has not scored in almost a month. Any way you slice it, that’s not good for the man’s MVP chances.
The Fire forward’s most recent goal was on Aug. 3, his eighth for in 10 league matches at the time for Chicago. Now four Chicago Fire games have come and gone without a strike from “Magic Mike.”
He was injured and did not appear in two of those. Still, a loss of momentum means the spotlight gets pointed elsewhere.
The timing is hardly ideal. First, as we said before in our last MVP Awards Tracker, Magee’s chances are linked heavily to Chicago’s playoff fate. Dwayne De Rosario (in 2011) is the only league MVP so far from a club that did not make the playoffs. Every match Magee misses or that he fails to find goal reduces the Fire’s post-season chances.
Frank Klopas’ team is currently seventh in the East, where five clubs will qualify for post-season soccer.
Plus, any deceleration of momentum in and around September, as people like me begin to look more carefully at these races, can become a real buzz kill on someone’s chances.
2. Robbie Keane:
The Galaxy’s Irish international made a roaring statement in Round 25 with his second hat trick this year, a truly meaningful one as the Galaxy took apart Western Conference leading Real Salt Lake.
That is precisely the kind of headline-making performance voters tend to remember when they fill out ballots.
Keane is tied for fourth in MLS goals (10) and tied for third in assists (9). If you add those totals, no MLS man has contributed directly to more goals.
3. Montreal’s Marco Di Vaio
Almost by definition, the league’s leading scorer will become a leading MVP candidate. The Italian veteran has a league-leading 15 now. Two of those came in Saturday’s destruction of Houston.
Di Vaio’s goals are a big reason Montreal leads the East, in dandy position for a playoff berth in just its second season in MLS. That’s a great story around which to build an MVP case.
Also in the running: Vancouver’s Camilo, Portland’s Will Johnson, Real Salt Lake’s Kyle Beckerman.
Sep 1, 2014, 12:42 AM EDT
Roundup of MLS action this weekend.
Aug 31, 2014, 10:57 PM EDT
Roundup of football transfers across Europe today.
Aug 31, 2014, 9:55 PM EDT
Real Madrid manager insisted that his squad just lost focus on Sunday when they were upset by Real Sociedad.
Aug 31, 2014, 8:24 PM EDT
Darren Fletcher isn’t perturbed by Manchester United’s super-early season struggles.
Aug 31, 2014, 6:58 PM EDT
Jermain Defoe has been linked away from Toronto FC, with a possible return back to England.
Aug 31, 2014, 6:18 PM EDT
Real Madrid didn’t display their standard victorious level of play as Real Sociedad shocked Carlo Ancelotti’s side.
Aug 31, 2014, 5:22 PM EDT
D.C. United keeps strong at the head of the Eastern Conference, defeating the New York Red Bulls, 2-0.
Aug 31, 2014, 4:25 PM EDT
Quick recap of the Premier League’s Sunday matches.
Aug 31, 2014, 3:38 PM EDT
Geoff Cameron has withdrawn from the United States’ latest roster prepped for the Czech Republic match.
Aug 31, 2014, 2:53 PM EDT
DC United hopes to fend off Bradley Wright-Phillips and company in the Atlantic Cup.
Aug 31, 2014, 2:39 PM EDT
With things not going as planned, Nelsen is out.
Aug 31, 2014, 2:10 PM EDT
Despite Yaya Sanogo’s disappointing performance against Leicester City, Wenger may sit on his squad.
Aug 31, 2014, 1:33 PM EDT
After spending a career on the bench at Manchester United, he’s going to another club where he’ll likely be a backup.
Aug 31, 2014, 12:57 PM EDT
Leo Ulloa hit back at Arsenal’s early goal and Leicester held on strong against a tired and wasteful Arsenal.
Aug 31, 2014, 12:23 PM EDT
It appears the usually erratic, angry, and impulsive Mario Balotelli is nowhere to be found, and the Liverpool manager is to thank.
Aug 31, 2014, 11:33 AM EDT
With Torres, Lukaku, and Ba all gone and Costa proving injury prone, Remy comes in as cover at Stamford Bridge.
Aug 31, 2014, 10:45 AM EDT
Yaya Sanogo starts up front in place of the injured Olivier Giroud. Esteban Cambiasso is on the bench for Leicester.
Aug 31, 2014, 10:33 AM EDT
Aston Villa were bright nearly the whole match but struggled to fend off Hull late in a close victory.
Aug 31, 2014, 10:22 AM EDT
Raheem Sterling and Steven Gerrard both scored as Liverpool rocked Spurs yet again in London.
Aug 31, 2014, 9:53 AM EDT
Torino continues to sell off last year’s successful attack force for a big profit.
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