He’s since recovered from another injury to score 19 goals in 1528 minutes of play, which is the equivalent of about 17 games. So he’s scored, in effect, 1.12 goals per 90 minutes, the highest such mark in league history among players who have started at least one-half of the games in a season. All but one of his goals have been notched in his 17 starts and by scoring in Sunday in the 2-2 season finale with Toronto FC ended a two-game scoring drought, which ties his longest run without a goal in games he has played. In only seven of his starts has he failed to hit the net.
Poor Hector Villalba (13 goals, 11 assists) and Yamil Asad (7 goals, 13 assists). Since each team is limited to two official nominations they couldn’t even get on the ballot.
A clear second is Nikolic, who could well with the official MLS award after drilling 24 goals while playing 34 games. Among the top scorer he placed third with 0.73 goals per 90 minutes, a shade behind runner-up David Villa (0.77).
Not all of the influential newcomers are of the attacking ilk. Alexander Ring has been a great midfield addition for NYCFC, as has Haris Medunjanin in Philadelphia. Of perhaps a half-dozen additions in San Jose, centerback Florian Jungwirth has been the most consistently important. Injuries have limited the availability of Schweinsteiger but he's been a presence in every one of his appearances.
Yet of a very fruitful crop, these two are the pick of the harvest:
Winner: Josef Martinez (Atlanta United). Runner-up: Nemanja Nikolic (Chicago).