MLS Awards 2018

Major League Soccer on Monday released the ballots featuring the candidates eligible for each of the league's year-end awards, including the Landon Donovan MVP and NYCFC had ten nominations across the categories.


Maxi Moralez and David Villa are both up for the MVP award, Sean Johnson is nominated for Goalkeeper of the Year, Alexander Callens and Anton Tinnerholm are in the defensive category, Domènec Torrent is in the Coach of the Year reckoning, Jesus Medina and Isi Tajouri-Shradi are up for Newcomer of the Year, Ronald Matarrita is in for Comeback Player of 2018 and Johnson has a second nomination for MLS WORKS Humanitarian of the Year


Players, media and technical staff will vote for each category, with each group representing a third of the vote. Those same voters will also submit their votes for the annual Best XI, open to any player who appeared in a 2018 MLS regular season match.


We'll let you know when you can vote on Twitter from @NYCFC. Award finalists will be announced on October 31.


2018 Landon Donovan MLS MVP nominees


Acosta, Luciano (DC)


Almiron, Miguel (ATL)


Bedoya, Alejandro (PHI)


Blanco, Sebastian (POR)


Bunbury, Teal (NE)


Chara, Diego (POR)


Davies, Alphonso (VAN)


Dockal, Borek (PHI)


Dwyer, Dom (ORL)


Elis, Alberth (HOU)


Giovinco, Sebastian (TOR)


Hedges, Matt (DAL)


Higuain, Federico (CLB)


Hoesen, Danny (SJ)


Ibarra, Miguel (MIN)


Ibrahimovic, Zlatan (LA)


Kaku (RBNY)


Kamara, Kei (VAN)


Lodeiro, Nicolás (SEA)


Manotas, Mauro (HOU)


Martinez, Josef (ATL)


Melia, Tim (SKC)


Moralez, Maxi (NYC)


Osorio, Jonathan (TOR)


Penilla, Cristian (NE)


Piatti, Ignacio (MTL)


Piette, Samuel (MTL)


Quintero, Darwin (MIN)


Roldan, Cristian (SEA)


Rooney, Wayne (DC)


Rossi, Diego (LAFC)


Rusnak, Albert (RSL)


Russell, Johnny (SKC)


Savarino, Jefferson (RSL)


Urruti, Maxi (DAL)


Vako (SJ)


Vela, Carlos (LAFC)


Villa, David (NYC)


Wright-Phillips, Bradley (RBNY)


Yotun, Yoshimar (ORL)


Zardes, Gyasi (CLB)


Defender of the Year nominees


Afful, Harrison (CLB)


Anibaba, Jalil (NE)


Beasley, DaMarcus (HOU)


Beitashour, Steven (LAFC)


Besler, Matt (SKC)


Birnbaum, Steven (DC)


Boxall, Michael (MIN)


Callens, Alexander (NYC)


Cannon, Reggie (DAL)


Fanni, Rod (MTL)


Farrell, Andrew (NE)


Glad, Justen (RSL)


Gonzalez Pirez, Leandro (ATL)


Hedges, Matt (DAL)


Kallman, Brent (MIN)


Kashia, Guram (SJ)


Lawrence, Kemar (RBNY)


Lima, Nick (SJ)


Long, Aaron (RBNY)


Lovitz, Daniel (MTL)


Mabiala, Larrys (POR)


Marshall, Chad (SEA)


Mavinga, Chris (TOR)


Mensah, Jonathan (CLB)


O'Neill, Shane (ORL)


Parkhurst, Michael (ATL)


Sutter, Scott (ORL)


Tinnerholm, Anton (NYC)


Trusty, Auston (PHI)


van der Wiel , Gregory (TOR)


Waston, Kendall (VAN)


Zimmerman, Walker (LAFC)


Zusi, Graham (SKC)


Allstate Goalkeeper of the Year


Attinella, Jeff (POR)


Bendik, Joe (ORL)


Bingham, David (LA)


Blake, Andre (PHI)


Bono, Alex (TOR)


Bush, Evan (MTL)


Frei, Stefan (SEA)


Gonzalez, Jesse (DAL)


Guzan, Brad (ATL)


Hamid, Bill (DC)


Johnson, Sean (NYC)


Marinovic, Stefan (VAN)


Melia, Tim (SKC)


Miller, Tyler (LAFC)


Rimando, Nick (RSL)


Robles, Luis (RBNY)


Shuttleworth, Bobby (MIN)


Steffen, Zack (CLB)


Tarbell, Andrew (SJ)


Turner, Matt (NE)


Willis, Joe (HOU)


Newcomer of the Year nominees


Armenteros, Samuel (POR)


Auro Jr. (TOR)


Barco, Ezequiel (ATL)


Burke, Cory (PHI)


Caicedo, Luis (NE)


Colman, Josue (ORL)


Dockal, Bořek (PHI)


Eriksson, Magnus (SJ)


Gutiérrez, Felipe (SKC)


Ibrahimovic, Zlatan (LA)


Janson, Lucas (TOR)


Kaku (RBNY)


Kashia, Guram (SJ)


Katai, Aleksandar (CHI)


Kee-hee, Kim (SEA)


Kreilach, Damir (RSL)


Medina, Jesus (NYC)


Mosquera, Santiago (DAL)


Penilla, Cristian (NE)


Polo, Andy (POR)


Price, Jack (COL)


Quintero, Darwin (MIN)


Remedi, Eric (ATL)


Rooney, Wayne (DC)


Rossi, Diego (LAFC)


Ruidiaz, Raul (SEA)


Russell, Johnny (SKC)


Sagna, Bacary (MTL)


Silva, Alejandro (MTL)


Sosa, Eduardo (CLB)


Tajouri-Shradi, Ismael (NYC)


Valenzuela, Milton (CLB)


Vela, Carlos (LAFC)


Ziegler, Reto (DAL)


MLS WORKS Humanitarian of the Year nominees



Atuahene, Francis (DAL)


Beaulieu, Jason (MTL)


Beckerman, Kyle (RSL)


Bersano, Matt (SJ)


Birnbaum, Steven (DC)


Bradley, Michael (TOR)


Campbell, Jonathan (CHI)


Farrell, Andrew (NE)


Frei, Stefan (SEA)


Gaddis, Raymon (PHI)


Guzan, Brad (ATL)


Henry, Doneil (VAN)


Johnson, Sean (NYC)


Lampson, Matt (MIN)


Lletget, Sebastian (LA)


MacMath, Zac (COL)


Miller, Tyler (LAFC)


Robles, Luis (NY)


Rosell, Oriol (ORL)


Trapp, Wil (CLB)


Valentin, Zarek (POR)


Willis, Joe (HOU)


Zusi, Graham (SKC)


AT&T Rookie of the Year


Argudo, Luis (CLB)


Baird, Corey (RSL)


Blackmon, Tristan (LAFC)


Bwana, Handwalla (SEA)


Bye, Brandon (NE)


Krolicki, Ken (MTL)


Lindsey, Jaylin (SKC)


Marcinkowski, JT (SJ)


McKenzie, Mark (PHI)


Mines, Ben (RBNY)


Moutinho, Joao (LAFC)


Mueller, Chris (ORL)


Opoku, Edward (CLB)


Roldan, Alex (SEA)


White, Brian (RBNY)


Comeback Player of the Year nominees



Alonso, Osvaldo (SEA)


Cummings, Harold (SJ)


de Leeuw, Michael (CHI)


Gutierrez, Felipe (SKC)


Henry, Doneil (VAN)


Ibrahimovic, Zlatan (LA)


Levis, Brett (VAN)


Lima, Nick (SJ)


Matarrita, Ronald (NYC)


Mihailovic, Djordje (CHI)


Osorio, Jonathan (TOR)


Rubio, Diego (SKC)


Sauro, Gaston (CLB)


Stajduhar, Mason (ORL)


Zardes, Gyasi (CLB)


Coach of the Year nominees


Armas, Chris (RBNY)


Berhalter, Gregg (CLB)


Bradley, Bob (LAFC)


Cabrera, Wilmer (HOU)


Curtin, Jim (PHI)


Friedel, Brad (NE)


Garde, Remi (MTL)


Heath, Adrian (MIN)


Martino, Gerardo "Tata" (ATL)


Olsen, Ben (DC)


Pareja, Oscar (DAL)


Petke, Mike (RSL)


Savarese, Giovanni (POR)


Schmetzer, Brian (SEA)


Torrent, Dome (NYC)


Vanney, Greg (TOR)


Vermes, Peter (SKC)


Referee of the Year nominees


Kelly, Alan


Saghafi, Nima


Sibiga, Robert


Assistant Referee of the Year nominees


Fletcher, Joe


Morgante, CJ


Rockwell, Corey

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