Soccer America's Best MLS Players (1996-2014)

For the fifth time in his career, retiring Landon Donovan was ranked as the top player at his position in Soccer America's MLS Positional Rankings. For the best MLS players by position for all 19 seasons.

Donovan tied Steve Ralston, Shalrie Joseph and Mark Chung for being named the best player at his position five times. Only Jaime Moreno with six selections has been named the best player at his position more times.

Best Strikers
2014 Obafemi Martins
2013 Marco Di Vaio
2012 Robbie Keane
2011 Alvaro Saborio
2010 Edson Buddle
2009 Jeff Cunningham
2008 Juan Pablo Angel
2007 Luciano Emilio
2006 Jeff Cunningham
2005 Taylor Twellman
2004 Brian Ching
2003 Carlos Ruiz
2002 Carlos Ruiz
2001 Diego Serna
2000 Mamadou Diallo
1999 Stern John
1998 Stern John
1997 Raul Diaz Arce
1996 Eduardo Hurtado

Best Forwards
2014 Robbie Keane
2013 Mike Magee
2012 Chris Wondolowski
2011 Chris Wondolowski
2010 Chris Wondolowski
2009 Landon Donovan
2008 Guillermo Barros Schelotto
2007 Ante Razov
2006 Jaime Moreno
2005 Jaime Moreno
2004 Jaime Moreno
2003 Landon Donovan
2002 Cobi Jones
2001 Alex Pineda Chacon
2000 Clint Mathis
1999 Jaime Moreno
1998 Stern John
1997 Jaime Moreno
1996 Preki

Best Attacking Midfielders
2014 Lee Nguyen
2013 Javier Morales
2012 Graham Zusi
2011 Dwayne De Rosario
2010 Sebastien Le Toux
2009 Dwayne De Rosario
2008 Javier Morales
2007 Steve Ralston
2006 Christian Gomez
2005 Dwayne De Rosario
2004 Amado Guevara
2003 Preki
2002 Andy Williams
2001 Preki
2000 Peter Nowak
1999 Jaime Moreno
1998 Marco Etcheverry
1997 Preki
1996 Marco Etcheverry

SA's Best Right Midfielders
2014 Ethan Finlay
2013 Sebastien Le Toux
2012 Eddie Gaven
2011 Landon Donovan
2010 Atiba Harris
2009 Freddie Ljungberg
2008 David Beckham
2007 Ben Olsen
2006 Ronnie O’Brien
2005 Ronnie O’Brien
2004 Steve Ralston
2003 Brian Mullan
2002 Steve Ralston
2001 Steve Ralston
2000 Steve Ralston
1999 Steve Ralston
1998 Cobi Jones
1997 Chris Henderson
1996 Roberto Donadoni

SA's Best Left Midfielders
2014 Landon Donovan
2013 Diego Fagundez
2012 Chris Pontius
2011 Brek Shea
2010 Landon Donovan
2009 Brad Davis
2008 David van den Bergh
2007 Juan Toja
2006 Ivan Guerrero
2005 Mark Chung
2004 Eddie Gaven
2003 DaMarcus Beasley
2001 Manny Lagos
2000 Mark Chung
1999 Eddie Lewis
1998 Eddie Lewis
1997 Mark Chung
1996 Mark Chung

SA's Best Central Midfielders
2014 Perry Kitchen
2013 Will Johnson
2012 Juninho
2011 Jack Jewsbury
2010 Pablo Mastroeni
2009 Shalrie Joseph
2008 Shalrie Joseph
2007 Shalrie Joseph
2006 Amado Guevara
2005 Shalrie Joseph
2004 Diego Gutierrez
2003 Chris Armas
2002 Mark Chung
2001 Chris Armas

SA's Best Defensive Midfielders
2014 Osvaldo Alonso
2103 Kyle Beckerman
2012 Osvaldo Alonso
2011 Kyle Beckerman
2010 Jeff Larentowicz
2009 Osvaldo Alonso
2008 Brian Carroll
2007 Jesse Marsch
2006 Shalrie Joseph
2005 Ricardo Clark
2000 Matt McKeon
1999 Chris Armas
1998 Chris Armas
1997 Richie Williams
1996 Leonel Alvarez

SA's Best Centerbacks
2014 Bobby Boswell (RCB), Matt Hedges (LCB)
2013 Jamison Olave (RCB), Jose Goncalves (LCB)
2012 Matt Besler
2011 Omar Gonzalez
2010 Jamison Olave
2009 Geoff Cameron
2008 Chad Marshall
2007 Eddie Robinson
2006 Jimmy Conrad, Michael Parkhurst
2005 Jimmy Conrad, Michael Parkhurst
2004 Robin Fraser
2003 Eddie Pope
2002 Alexi Lalas
2001 Jeff Agoos
2000 Peter Vermes
1999 Lubos Kubik
1998 Eddie Pope
1997 Eddie Pope
1996 Robin Fraser
Note: In 2005 and 2006, center backs were ranked in 3-man and 4-man backlines.

SA's Best Right Backs
2014 Andrew Farrell
2013 Sheanon Williams
2012 Sean Franklin
2011 Zach Loyd
2010 Sean Franklin
2009 Brian Namoff
2008 Frankie Hejduk
2007 Brian Namoff
2006 Chris Albright, Brian Namoff
2005 Chris Albright, Jay Heaps
2004 Chris Albright
2003 Danny Califf
2002 Chris Albright
2001 Ezra Hendrickson
2000 Mike Petke
1999 Ezra Hendrickson
1998 Mike Burns
1997 David Vaudreuil
1996 Mark Semioli
Note: In 2005 and 2006, right backs were ranked in 3-man and 4-man backlines.

SA's Best Left Backs
2014 Chris Wingert
2013 Seth Sinovic
2012 Heath Pearce
2011 Todd Dunivant
2010 Jonathan Bornstein
2009 Jonathan Bornstein
2008 Gonzalo Segares
2007 Wade Barrett
2006 Jose Burciaga, Gonzalo Segares
2005 Wade Barrett, Gonzalo Segares
2004 Jose Burciaga
2003 Carlos Bocanegra
2002 Wade Barrett
2001 Diego Gutierrez
2000 Greg Vanney
1999 Jeff Agoos
1998 Jeff Agoos
1997 Jeff Agoos
1996 Steve Pittman
Note: In 2005 and 2006, left backs were ranked in 3-man and 4-man backlines.

SA's Best Goalkeepers
2014 Nick Rimando
2013 Donovan Ricketts
2012 Jimmy Nielsen
2011 Kasey Keller
2010 Kevin Hartman
2009 Matt Reis
2008 Jon Busch
2007 Brad Guzan
2006 Matt Reis
2005 Pat Onstad
2004 Joe Cannon
2003 Pat Onstad
2002 Kevin Hartman
2001 Tim Howard
2000 Tony Meola
1999 Kevin Hartman
1998 Zach Thornton
1997 Walter Zenga
1996 Brad Friede

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