HARRISON, New Jersey | As New York Red Bulls’ talisman Tim Cahill walked off the field Sunday night, the crowd serenaded him with chants of “MVP.”
Across the midfield line stood a fellow MVP candidate, Chicago Fire forward Mike Magee. He reminded everyone just how viable a candidate he is by opening the scoring in the 6th minute with a heady shot past goalkeeper Luis Robles to give his side a fleeting lead.
Someone who knows a bit about being an MVP is four-time Premiership Golden Boot winner Thierry Henry. A student of the game, and an ardent follower of MLS, even Henry hems on answering who the leagues best player is this season – despite his obvious connections to Cahill.
“I’ve said it before; we saw an incredible player this year in Mike Magee,” he begins. “When he came to the Chicago Fire, they were a bit down in the standings. He put in a lot of goals.
“For me, if you want a player in Red Bulls who deserves MVP? It should be Tim – but 21 goals is not nothing,” he continues. “If you ask me the best player on the Red Bulls? It’s Tim Cahill.”
Despite the talent of Magee and Cahill, Henry believes this is not just a two-man race for the MVP crown either.
“(Marco) Di Vaio, Mike Magee, to me, it should be between the three of them,” he says.
With his candidates picked out and his reasoning explained, Henry did not equivocate over who he believes should be the league’s MVP this season.
“I expect Cahill to win it and Mike may also win Golden Boot,” Henry says. “If it’s up to me, it’s Tim Cahill obviously, but Mike Magee and Di Vaio deserve it as well.”