The 2017 Major League Soccer season is fast approaching.
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Who will be the star of the show?
Many will look to the likes of Sebastian Giovinco, David Villa and Giovani dos Santos to deliver moments of magic throughout the campaign, but will another hero emerge?
Below myself, Andy Edwards, Nick Mendola, and Matt Reed select who will by the MVP this season and explain our picks.
Joe Prince-Wright selects… Sebastian Giovinco — After two seasons of dominance in MLS, it’s hard to see past the Italian playmaker ripping it up again. If he didn’t get injured last season he would’ve easily made it back-to-back MVP titles. Best player in MLS, both entertainment wise and in terms of production, by quite some distance.
Andy Edwards selects… Sebastian Giovinco — With Jozy Altidore healthy and rolling over his late-season form of 2016 into 2017, get ready for some gaudy assist number from the Atomic Ant, as well as a bit more room to operate.
Matt Reed selects… David Villa — NYCFC made several promising attacking moves this offseason, but it’s no secret that the Spaniard is still the focal point of the club’s attack. It wouldn’t surprise me in the least if Villa puts up over 20 goals and around five assists once again.
Nick Mendola selects… Nicolas Lodeiro — I’ve stated before that I believe Sebastian Giovinco will go on a scorched earth campaign having been inexplicably been left off the MLS MVP finalist ballot, but then I remembered that Seattle’s Uruguayan assassin was nearly as impressive while adjusting to a brand new league. On a loaded Sounders roster which should compete for a Supporters’ Shield, no voter will be able to sleep on Lodeiro this season.
Kyle Bonn selects… Sebastian Giovinco — See above. Simple.