Robbie Keane and Obafemi Martins named MLS MVP finalists

The LA Galaxy's Robbie Keane and Seattle Sounders striker Obafemi Martins are both finalists for the 2014 MLS MVP award, but the pair face strong competition from the New England Revolution's Lee Nguyen.

Former Premier League strikers Robbie Keane and Obafemi Martins have both been named finalists for the 2014 MLS MVP award.

The LA Galaxy captain and Seattle Sounders forward feature alongside New England Revolution midfielder Lee Nguyen on the three-man shortlist, with the winner set to announced in the coming weeks.

This season marks the first time that the three finalists have all been in contention to hoist MLS Cup, with their respective teams taking part in the Conference Championships this weekend.

Keane is widely considered the favourite for the league’s top individual accolade by most, after recording 19 goals and 14 assists over the course of the regular-season, but Martins himself has been in fine form, too.

The former Newcastle United man notched 17 strikes and 13 assists to help guide the Sounders to their first-ever Supporters’ Shield title, and keep Sigi Schmid’s side in line for a historic domestic treble.

US intentional Nguyen could cause an upset, however, after the in-form playmaker notched five goals in October, bringing his season total to 18 from midfield, including a league-high nine game-winners.

There is some controversy, after New York Red Bulls striker Bradley Wright-Phillips failed to make the final three, despite equalling the league’s all-time single-season scoring record with 27 goals, but the general consensus among voters appears to be that the Englishman didn’t contribute enough in other areas.

Whatever the case, it would prove extremely tough to take one of Keane, Martins or Nguyen off the ballot, considering how influential the trio have been throughout 2014.

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