Seattle Sounders teammates Jordan Morris and Nicolas Lodeiro were among the five finalists announced Wednesday for the 2020 Landon Donovan MLS Most Valuable Player award.
Philadelphia Union goaltender Andre Blake, Toronto FC midfielder Alejandro Pozuelo and Los Angeles FC forward Diego Rossi join the Seattle duo.
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The league also revealed the three finalists in the other major award categories, including best defenseman, newcomer and goalie. The finalists were determined by voting from MLS players, coaches, general managers and members of the media. The winners and the 2020 MLS Best XI will be announced in the coming weeks.
Morris, a forward, has 10 goals and eight assists in 22 games for the Sounders. Lodeiro, a midfielder, added seven goals and 10 assists in 20 games.
Blake of Philadelphia, the 2016 MLS goalie of the year, had eight shutouts for the Fan Shield winners. Pozuelo has nine goals and 10 assists in 23 games for Toronto. Rossi won the MLS Golden Boot with a record 14 goals and added four assists in 19 games for LAFC.
Here are the other awards and finalists:
– Defenseman of the Year: Mark McKenzie (Philadelphia), Jonathan Mensah (Columbus Crew), Walker Zimmerman (Nashville SC)
– Goalkeeper of the Year: Blake, Eloy Room (Columbus Crew SC), Matt Turner (New England Revolution)
–New of the Year: Robert Beric (Chicago Fire), Alan Pulido (Sporting Kansas City), Lucas Zelarayan (Columbus)
–Young Player of the Year: Rossi, Brenden Aaronson (Philadelphia), Daryl Dike (Orlando City)
– Coach of the Year: Jim Curtin (Philadelphia), Oscar Pareja (Orlando City), Greg Vanney (Toronto)
– Returning Player of the Year: Kevin Molino (Minnesota United), Milton Valenzuela (Columbus), Bradley Wright-Phillips (LAFC)
– Humanitarian of the year: Jeremy Ebobisse (Portland Timbers), Mark-Anthony Kaye (LAFC), Justin Morrow (Toronto)