ROBBIE KEANE NAMED LA GALAXY 2013 MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
Keane also wins club’s Golden Boot award; Omar Gonzalez voted Defender of the Year and Sean Franklin named Humanitarian of the Year
CARSON, Calif. (Tuesday, November 26, 2013) – The LA Galaxy announced today that captain Robbie Keane has been voted the club’s Most Valuable Player for a second straight season. One of three finalists for the Volkswagen MLS MVP award, Keane led the Galaxy with 16 goals and 11 assists in 23 games during the 2013 regular season. Just the third player in club history to win the club’s Most Valuable Player award in consecutive seasons, Keane received all but one first place vote from the local media who vote on the award. In addition to winning the club’s Most Valuable Player award, Keane also took home his second consecutive Golden Boot as the club’s top goal scorer. Keane tallied a team-best 16 goals during the regular season, giving him six more tallies than Landon Donovan, who finished second on the club with 10 goals.
In the other award voted on by the media, Omar Gonzalez has been selected as the club’s Defender of the Year for the third time in the last four years. Gonzalez, who finished third in the voting for the MLS Defender of the Year, appeared in and started 27 games for the Galaxy this season, helping the club keep 10 clean sheets and collect a 13-7-7 record in those matches, compared to a 2-4-1 record in the seven games that he missed. Playing his first full season since suffering a serious knee injury in January 2012, Gonzalez scored once and added two assists while only committing 17 fouls and being booked just twice during the regular season.
Sean Franklin rounds out the Galaxy award winners for the year as he claimed the club’s Humanitarian of the Year award for his work in the local community. A Southern California native, Franklin has now won the award in two of the last three years having first been selected for the honor in 2011. In 2013, Franklin connected with fans and their individual community projects while also serving as a role model for his college soccer team. The sixth-year defender also volunteered at numerous LA Galaxy Foundation events and took the time to meet with Children’s Hospital Los Angeles patients and Make-A-Wish children after every home game. Throughout the year, Franklin also volunteered his time and reputation in support of a number of different causes including the Union Rescue Mission’s Annual Thanksgiving Celebration, Wednesday’s Child, LA Regional Food Bank, Learn4Life, Ryan Rossi Central America Orphanage Soccer Tournament, Servite High School’s Friar Feast and Rosemary’s Children’s Services as well as assisting with the Galaxy Foundation’s annual Treats and Suites Halloween Event and LA Galaxy Camps for Kids.
A complete list of Galaxy award winners from each of the club’s first 18 years of play in Major League Soccer can be found below.
Team Award Winners
Year Most Valuable Player of the Year Golden Boot* Humanitarian of the Year
1996 Eduardo Hurtado Jorge Campos Eduardo Hurtado —
1997 Mauricio Cienfuegos Robin Fraser Welton —
1998 Cobi Jones Robin Fraser Cobi Jones —
1999 Kevin Hartman Robin Fraser Cobi Jones —
2000 Simon Elliott Danny Califf Cobi Jones Marvin Quijano
2001 Ezra Hendrickson Greg Vanney Cobi Jones Mauricio Cienfuegos
2002 Carlos Ruiz Alexi Lalas Carlos Ruiz Mauricio Cienfuegos
2003 Kevin Hartman Danny Califf Carlos Ruiz Cobi Jones
2004 Kevin Hartman Tyrone Marshall Carlos Ruiz Galaxy team
2005 Herculez Gomez Tyrone Marshall Landon Donovan Kevin Hartman
2006 Landon Donovan Chris Albright Landon Donovan Cobi Jones
2007 Chris Klein Ty Harden Landon Donovan Landon Donovan
2008 Landon Donovan Sean Franklin Landon Donovan Landon Donovan
2009 Landon Donovan Donovan Ricketts Landon Donovan Todd Dunivant
2010 Edson Buddle Omar Gonzalez Edson Buddle Edson Buddle
2011 Landon Donovan Omar Gonzalez Landon Donovan Sean Franklin
2012 Robbie Keane A.J. DeLaGarza Robbie Keane Landon Donovan
2013 Robbie Keane Omar Gonzalez Robbie Keane Sean Franklin