Choosing an MVP in Major League Soccer is subjective. MLS purposefully gives us no criteria by which to judge the candidates. So over the years in an effort to simplify things and provide some level of transparency I've made up my own criteria. Once again, here they are:
1. It’s all about the goalscorers. Scoring a goal is the only way to win a game, so there is nothing more “valuable” than those that do it.
2. It’s not how many goals you score, but how many different games you score in. I want the player who is consistently scoring in more games, even if his season total might not give him the Golden Boot.
3. I don't count penalties. They just don’t hold the same value to me as goals from the run of play. Penalties should be a separate statistical column. They can warp perception and skew assessment of a player.
4. Make the playoffs. Over half of league makes the playoffs. At the very least, a league MVP should be on a playoff team.