Ireland international Robbie Keane has been voted Major League Soccer’s Most Valuable Player for 2014.
The LA Galaxy forward has scored 20 goals in 33 games this campaign and captained his side to the Western Conference title and to Sunday’s MLS Cup final against New England Revolution.
The former Tottenham Hotspur star said: ‘‘When you play the game you want to do the best that you can for yourself and for the team and to get this award is a great privilege and I want to thank the people who voted. When you receive awards like this it’s so nice to be recognised by your peers and people in the back room staff and you guys here today so thank you very much.”
The 34-year old joined David Beckham and the LA franchsie in 2011.
Since his arrival he has scored a total of 61 goals in 100 MLS appearances and helped steer the side to back-to-back Cup titles from 2011.
Keane beat Seattle Sounders’ Obafemi Martins and New England Revolution’s Lee Nguyen to the accolade.