The MLS regular season is quickly approaching the final weeks of the schedule, and teams continue to fight for a playoff spot. The postseason race is heating up, but so is the MVP race. Only a few players are worthy candidates of being the league's best player this year.
Here are the top five candidates to win the award as the league's most dominant performer this season.
5. Bradley Wright-Phillips, New York Red Bulls
Bradley Wright-Phillips failed to score in his first seven matches, but he's been pretty impressive since then. The English striker has been a huge part of New York Red Bulls' success this season, and he co-leads the MLS Golden Boot race with 17 goals. His consistency on the attack has been key for a NYRB team that has been near the top of the Eastern Conference the majority of the season.
4. Mauro Diaz, FC Dallas
The Argentinian playmaker has been FC Dallas' best player this season, and he's the engine that keeps the team running when things get tough. Oscar Pareja's team currently leads the Supporters' Shield standings and he's been pretty productive both scoring and assisting his teammates (five goals and 11 assists in 22 appearances) in 2016.
3. Sacha Kljestan, New York Red Bulls
The New York Red Bulls' attacking midfielder is having an impressive season, and his recent form allowed him to represent the USMNT in the World Cup Qualifiers this month. Kljestan leads all MLS players with 15 assists this season, and he's also scored five goals. The rapport he has built with Wright-Phillips has been absolutely impressive.
2. David Villa, New York City FC
David Villa sits at the top of the MLS Golden Boot race together with Bradley Wright-Phillips, as both players have 17 goals. The Spaniard has netted his 17 strikes in only 27 games, and he shouldn't have problems topping last year's total of 18 goals. The former FC Barcelona star has been a key figure on Patrick Vieira's team's rise to the top of the Eastern Conference.
1. Sebastian Giovinco, Toronto FC
Even though Sebastian Giovinco will be sidelined for the next few weeks with a muscular injury, it's hard to see anyone topping him in the MVP race. The Italian forward already won the MVP last season after netting 22 goals and dishing out 16 assists, and this year he's been equally impressive with 16 goals and 13 helpers. There's little doubt the Atomic Ant is the biggest candidate to win the ward for the second straight year.