Here we are, the final of our postseason award polls, and this is the biggest one of all. It's time for you to determine Chivas USA's Most Valuable Player of 2014.
As with our past MVP polls, we're narrowing the field to what we believe are the top candidates for the award. Here are the nominees and a brief description of their qualifications:
Eric Avila: Sacrificing for the sake of the team in 2014, Avila started out as right back and played nearly half the season there, despite never playing in defense previously in his MLS career. Though his offensive production suffered, as he notched just one assist, Avila was a veteran willing to buy into the cause of what would be another difficult season for the team overall.
Dan Kennedy: Serving as captain after Carlos Bocanegra went down permanently midseason, the 2012 team MVP had another strong season, playing in 34 games in goal across all competitions, and breaking club records for appearances, minutes played, tenure with the team and shutouts. DK won more games in 2014 than any season in his career, believe it or not, and certainly goes down in Chivas USA history as one of the club legends. Finished his tenure with the club well.
Donny Toia: Coming from out of nowhere to be the team's starting left back as the season wore on, and finished third overall in minutes for the season for the Goats. The Arizona native came in with few expectations, and certainly exceeded them as he stepped into the lineup in a pinch and proved his worth to Wilmer Cabrera and eventually, the CUSA faithful.
Erick Torres: CUSA's MVP in 2013, Cubo built upon his successful half-season in MLS to become a breakout star in 2014. Breaking the record for most goals scored by a Chivas USA player in a season, with 15, Cubo was also named an MLS All-Star, received his first call-ups to Mexico's senior national team (and notched his first goal for his country), and has to date reached the final of MLS' "Latino del Año" award and the semifinal of MLS Goal of the Year. Cubo truly carried the goals load for the Goats this season, as he was responsible for about 52 percent of the team's league goals scored.
So who gets your vote? Make sure to cast your selection below, and let us know why you went with your pick in the comments section below. Also, don't forget to tell other folks to vote for CUSA MVP -- it's the last one we'll ever have (sniff).
Of course, we'll have other polls moving forward, of all sorts on this site, but a special thanks to those of you who voted in the Player of the Month and season-ending awards over the years here on The Goat Parade.
What do you think? Leave a comment below!