The New York Red Bulls may push the "team" aspect, but they are still led by players who had incredibly prolific seasons in 2016.
Bradley Wright-Phillips won the Golden Boot trophy with 24 goals, his second in three seasons. New York City FC striker David Villa finished behind him with 23 goals. Wright-Phillips added another goal in the 2-0 win over Philadelphia to push his total to 68 over a three-year period, which is another MLS record. It's a fantastic output for a player who was almost cut three months into his Red Bulls' tenure.
Despite Wright-Phillips deflecting praise and remaining focused on winning MLS Cup, he has many admirers in the locker room.
"Bradley is an amazing player, on and off the field," midfielder Felipe said after the match. "The way he trains on the field, he more than deserves to win the Golden Boot."
Head coach Jesse Marsch echoed the sentiment, praising Wright-Phillips' ability to "come up with big goals at all moments."
Midfielder Sacha Kljestan also topped a statistical category, with a league leading 19 assists. The assist title caps a career year for the 31-year old who rejoined the United States national team in September after a two-year absence. Kljestan also scored six goals, including the game winner in a key 1-0 win over Alianza in the CONCACAF Champions League.