Major League Soccer announced New York City FC striker David Villa as the league's Most Valuable Player. The former Spanish international earned 25.9% of the vote. The winner was selected by a combination of club management, media, and current players.
New York Red Bulls Bradley Wright-Phillips and Sacha Kljestan finished in second and third place, respectively. Both players were named to the league's 2016 Best XI squad.
Wright-Phillips earned 18.42% of the player vote, 22.43% of the media vote, and 17.11% of the club vote for an average of 19.32%. The English striker scored 24 goals (one more than Villa) and won the league's Golden Boot.
Kljestan earned 19.74% of the player vote, 18.69% of the media vote, and 14.47% of the club vote for an average of 17.63%. The 31-year old midfielder finished the season with 20 assists, the second highest single-season total in league history.
Despite both Wright-Phillips and Kljestan having great seasons, neither was able to take home a majority of the vote. The general consensus is that they shared responsibility for the Red Bulls' turnaround and run to the top of the Eastern Conference, which ultimately resulted in them splitting the vote. Villa, while playing with stars such as Andrea Pirlo and Frank Lampard, shouldered the scoring load for NYCFC, and his team was completely ineffectual when he was absent from the lineup.
Amado Guevara remains the only Red Bulls/MetroStars player to win the league's MVP award, taking it home in 2004.