Bradley Wright-Phillips has had an excellent season in Major League Soccer. No one is doubting the New York Red Bulls striker's ability or his achievement in scoring so many times for the Red and White.
But he still hasn't been the best in MLS. Not even close. Neither has Landon Donovan, Lee Nguyen, or Thierry Henry.
One Clear Winner
That honor has to go to Robbie Keane. The Irishman may not have as many goals this year as Wright-Phillips and others, but his importance to the Los Angeles Galaxy has been second to absolutely no-one and has arguably done more for his respective side than any other star in MLS.
Keane took his goal total for the season to 19 at the weekend with a brace in a 3-0 win over Toronto FC that saw the Galaxy jump in to the lead in the Supporters Shield rankings.
Keane also has 14 assists to go along with all those goals and it is that stat that puts him over the likes of Wright-Phillips and the other potential contenders. The Irishman is the third highest scorer in Major League Soccer, ranks joint second in the assist rankings, and leads the league in shots on target.
To put it concisely, Robbie Keane has been the best overall attacking player in MLS in 2014, and when you consider he is going up against all attacking players for the award, there is no way he cannot be considered number one.
However, if you don't want to take my word for it then that's fine, but even Keane's teammate and front runner for the title, Landon Donovan, knows who deserves the honour.
"We're very lucky to have him and there's no question that he's the MVP," Landycakes said to the Galaxy's official website. "With all due respect to Obafemi (Martins), there's no other player in the league like Robbie. The things that he does week to week are spectacular," the US Soccer legend added.
And then their is head coach Bruce Arena. The Galaxy head coach added to the debate that anyone who votes for someone who isn't Keane 'doesn't have a brain'.
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