The votes have been tabulated, and The Goat Parade's player awards for 2014 are here! It's worth taking a moment to thank all of the readers who voted in our season award polls - we literally would have nothing to award without your selections.
Now, without further ado...
The Goat Parade's 2014 Most Valuable Player: Erick Torres
Cubo becomes the first-ever two-time CUSA MVP on The Goat Parade, as he had the kind of year to truly place him among the elite of MLS. Scoring 15 goals in 2014, by far the most on his team, Cubo had scoring streaks of four and six games, respectively, this season, and was the team's first MLS All-Star selection since Dan Kennedy in 2012. He also played his way onto the senior Mexican national team and scored his first goal for his country during the season. Besting Kennedy in the 2014 vote by a two-to-one margin, Torres was such a unique player that he was the only one exempt from the various drafts by which the rest of Chivas USA's players are being dispersed around MLS following the contraction of the team at season's end. Speculation is rife with where he'll end up next, but it's safe to say Cubo made an outstanding impression in the season-and-a-half spent at Chivas USA.
TGP's 2013 MVP: Erick Torres
TGP's 2012 MVP: Dan Kennedy
TGP's 2011 MVP: Juan Pablo Angel
The Goat Parade's 2014 Newcomer of the Year: Kristopher Tyrpak
The rookie didn't see a great deal of playing time, but made the time he had relatively effective, as he scored a goal and an assist in just 171 minutes across all competitions for the season. Obviously, it appears Tyrpak has a pretty big fan club, and that's totally fine, but it will be interesting to see if he can establish himself in MLS moving forward with the San Jose Earthquakes, the team that selected him in the Dispersal Draft. According to the voters, the future's looking bright for the Texan after a promising start.
TGP's 2013 Newcomer of the Year: Matthew Fondy
TGP's 2012 Newcomer of the Year: James Riley
The Goat Parade's 2014 Top Attacker: Erick Torres
Cubo took yet another award for the second consecutive year, and did it by a landslide. The selection was perhaps unsurprising, considering he did break the team record for goals in a season, and contributed literally half of the team's total goals for 2014 across all competitions. Leading assist man Mauro Rosales came in second, but yet again, Cubo's season for the ages took the cake in the attacking department according to The Goat Parade readers.
TGP's 2013 Top Attacker: Erick Torres
TGP's 2012 Top Attacker: Miller Bolanos
The Goat Parade's 2014 Defender of the Year: Eriq Zavaleta
This award ended up being a two-horse race, as the on-loan Zavaleta just pipped midseason addition Akira Kaji by a single vote. Playing in half of the team's league games as the team's third center back for the season, Zavaleta slotted in for Bobby Burling and Carlos Bocanegra quite well, and showed improvement over the course of the season. In many respects, it's a shame that CUSA are no more, because the former CUSA Academy player's parent club, the Seattle Sounders, do not appear to be interested in bringing him back, and it really appeared the youngster would be a good option for the future. At any rate, Zavaleta can take his Defender of the Year prize with him to his next stop and attempt to get full traction in his career.
TGP's 2013 Defender of the Year: Steve Purdy
TGP's 2012 Defender of the Year: James Riley
TGP's 2011 Defender of the Year: Heath Pearce
Congratulations to all of the 2014 winners!
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