UPDATED Mark McKenzie Rookie of the Year Finalist

Mark McKenzie Named AT&T Rookie of the Year Finalist

Major League Soccer on Wednesday announced the finalists for each of the 2018 year-end awards which honor the league’s top performers during the regular season.

A total of five finalists were unveiled in the race for the 2018 Landon Donovan MVP award with MLS Golden Boot winner Josef Martinez joining Atlanta United teammate Miguel Almiron, as well as newcomers Zlatan Ibrahimovic (LA Galaxy), Wayne Rooney (D.C. United) and Carlos Vela (LAFC). 

The latter trio make up the finalists for Newcomer of the Year as well.

The finalists which follow below (in alphabetical order) earned the most votes in polling among three voting groups: current MLS players, MLS club technical staffs (coaches, technical directors/GMs) and a select group of media members.

2018 Major League Soccer Awards Finalists
(Listed in alphabetical order by last name within each award category)
 
Landon Donovan MLS Most Valuable Player Finalists
Miguel Almirón (Atlanta United)
Zlatan Ibrahimović (LA Galaxy)
Josef Martínez (Atlanta United)
Wayne Rooney (D.C. United)
Carlos Vela (Los Angeles Football Club)
 
Defender of the Year Finalists
Aaron Long (New York Red Bulls)
Chad Marshall (Seattle Sounders FC)
Michael Parkhurst (Atlanta United)
 
Allstate Goalkeeper of the Year Finalists
Stefan Frei (Seattle Sounders FC)
Luis Robles (New York Red Bulls)
Zack Steffen (Columbus Crew SC)
 
Newcomer of the Year Finalists
For this award, “newcomer” is defined as a player with previous professional experience who made his MLS debut in 2018
Zlatan Ibrahimović (LA Galaxy)
Wayne Rooney (D.C. United)
Carlos Vela (Los Angeles Football Club)
 
AT&T Rookie of the Year Finalists
For this award, “rookie” is defined as a player without previous professional experience who made his MLS debut in 2018
Corey Baird (Real Salt Lake)
Mark McKenzie (Philadelphia Union)
Chris Mueller (Orlando City SC)
 
Coach of the Year Finalists
Bob Bradley (Los Angeles Football Club)
Gerardo “Tata” Martino (Atlanta United)
Peter Vermes (Sporting Kansas City)
 
Comeback Player of the Year Finalists
Honors an MLS player who has overcome injuries and/or adversity in order to achieve success during the 2018 regular season
Osvaldo Alonso (Seattle Sounders FC)
Zlatan Ibrahimović (LA Galaxy)
Gyasi Zardes (Columbus Crew SC)
 
MLS WORKS Humanitarian of the Year, presented by AdvoCare Finalists
Matt Lampson (Minnesota United FC)
Luis Robles (New York Red Bulls)
Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew SC)
 
Referee of the Year Finalists
Alan Kelly
Nima Saghafi
Robert Sibiga
 
Assistant Referee of the Year Finalists
Joe Fletcher
CJ Morgante
Corey Rockwell

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