The former Arsenal and France striker Thierry Henry, who now plays for the New York Red Bulls, has been nominated for Major League Soccer's most valuable player of the year award. Graham Zusi of Sporting Kansas City and the San Jose Earthquakes striker Chris Wondolowski are the other nominees.
Henry, 35, scored 15 goals this season for the Red Bulls, who were beaten by DC United in the Eastern Conference semi-finals. Sporting KC and San Jose were also beaten at the conference semi-final stage of the MLS play-offs, so none of the nominees for the MVP award will play for their clubs again this season.
The MLS Eastern Conference final is being contested by DC and Houston Dynamo, who lead 3-1 after the first leg; David Beckham's LA Galaxy won the first leg of their Western Conference final against the Seattle Sounders 3-0.
Wondolowski scored 27 goals in the regular-season schedule, equalling Roy Lassiter's MLS record. Zusi had the most assists in the league.
Major League Soccer names three nominees for each of 12 awards, which include an award for the league's "Humanitarian of the Year". The nominees for coach of the year are Ben Olsen of DC United, Peter Vermes of Sporting KC and the Earthquakes' Frank Yallop. An MLS Best XI is also announced – this year, on Monday 26 November.
The winners of the awards are announced in stages from Monday 19 November to Thursday 29 November, when the MLS MVP will be named. The winners are decided by a voting process that includes current MLS players, MLS coaches and club officials and press and broadcast representatives.