Sounders’ Martins finishes second in MVP voting

  • By Don Ruiz The News Tribune
  • Wednesday, December 3, 2014 3:24pm
  • SportsSports

The Los Angeles Galaxy came out ahead of the Seattle Sounders again Wednesday when L.A. striker Robbie Keane was named Major League Soccer’s most valuable player.

Seattle forward Obafemi Martins finished second in the voting. New England’s Lee Nguyen was 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 the league. He also tied the club record with 13 assists, which tied for fifth in the league.

The L.A. and New England meet to decide the 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.

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

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