MLS Soccer

LA’s Keane takes MLS MVP; Sounders’ Martins second in voting

The Los Angeles Galaxy came out ahead of Seattle Sounders FC again Wednesday when striker Robbie Keane was named Major League Soccer’s Most Valuable Player.

Seattle forward Obafemi Martins finished second and New England’s Lee Nguyen third.

Keane was third in MLS with 19 goals and second with 14 assists – both career highs.

Martins led the Sounders with a club record 17 goals, which was good for fifth in MLS. He also tied a club record with 13 assists, which tied for fifth in the league.

The Galaxy and Revolution will meet for MLS Cup at noon Sunday in Carson, California. Los Angeles advanced past the regular-season champion Sounders last weekend on the away-goals tie-breaker.

Keane carried all three voting blocs: clubs, players and media. Martins did best with media, finishing second; but he came in fourth among clubs and players behind Keane, Nguyen and New York forward Bradley Wright-Phillips.

The league handed out two other awards Wednesday: Bill Hamid of D.C. United was selected goalkeeper of the year, and midfielder Pedro Morales of Vancouver was named newcomer of the year.

Meanwhile, Sounders FC announced team awards Wednesday. Martins was named club most valuable player and Golden Boot recipient, Chad Marshall was named defender of the year, and defender Dylan Remick was named humanitarian of the year.

MLS will conclude its postseason awards Thursday when the goal and save of the year winners will be announced.

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