MLS has announced its finalists for the end-of-season awards, and it looks as though the New England Revolution will have several bites at the apple this year.
Lee Nguyen, predictably, is a finalist for the league's Most Valuable Player award. His 18 goals and five assists - the highest goal total for any American or midfielder in the league in 2014 - will be up against Robbie Keane and Obafemi Martins in the voting. All three are in contention for the MLS Cup this season.
Jermaine Jones was only in the league for the final twelve games of the MLS season, but he is nevertheless a contender for the Newcomer of the Year award. It probably has something to do with the Revs' 8-1-1 record since his arrival, but the USA midfielder also tallied two goals and four assists in that stretch. His competition is Stefan Ishizaki of the L.A. Galaxy and Pedro Morales of the Vancouver Whitecaps.
Finally, Charlie Davies' run of excellent form in the last half of the season has him in the running for the Comeback Player of the Year award. He won his spot in July after struggling with injury through the preseason and the early season, and racked up three goals and four assists in 18 games, though the stats don't reflect the importance of his running and hold-up play as a lone forward. This comes on the heels of a 2013 return to the league where he made a few substitute appearances, and of course there is his long, winding return to form after the 2009 car accident that nearly ended his life, let alone his career. Stefan Frei of Seattle and Rodney Wallace of Portland round out the list for that award.
If Nguyen takes home the MVP, he'll be the first Revolution player to do so since Taylor Twellman in 2005. Jones gives the Revs a player in the Newcomer of the Year running for the second consecutive season after Jose Goncalves narrowly lost out on the award in 2013. Kevin Alston won the Comeback Player of the Year award last year.
Comeback Player of the Year will be announced on December 2nd, with the other two awards to follow on December 3rd.