Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder David Beckham won the 2012 ESPY for "Best MLS Player." Beckham also won the award in 2008, which was the only year that Galaxy captain Landon Donovan did not win it. Donovan won the first Best MLS Player ESPY in 2006 and won again in 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2011.
The 2012 ESPYs were held in Los Angeles at the Nokia Theatre on July 11. Beckham's competition for this award was Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Dwayne De Rosario (D.C. United), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes).
Beckham helped the Galaxy wrap up their second consecutive MLS Supporters' Shield in 2011 and their first MLS Cup title since 2005. He was second to Brad Davis in assists during the regular season with 15. However, Beckham had 0.61 assists per 90 minutes compared to Davis' 0.50. Only Seattle's Mauro Rosales had a higher assists per 90 minutes (0.63) than Beckham among regular starters in MLS. Beckham led the Galaxy in points (2 goals, 15 assists) during the regular season as well. In the playoffs, he had 1.05 assists per 90 minutes and had an assist on Donovan's MLS Cup winning goal against the Houston Dynamo. He also was tied with Donovan for the team point lead in the playoffs.
Unfortunately for Beckham, his play last season and this season was apparently not good enough to land him an overage spot on Team Great Britain for the 2012 London Olympics. The Galaxy were also passed over for the "Best Team" ESPY which went to the NBA's Miami Heat. L.A. was undefeated at home last season and just one point away from tying the all-time league record of 68 set by the 1998 Galaxy.
As a Galaxy fan, I'm glad the Best Player ESPY stayed with our side. I do think Beckham earned the award not just for his play during the regular season but especially for his run in the MLS playoffs, willing the Galaxy to win at times. This season the Galaxy have been trying to find consistency. Beckham is again leading the team in assists with five.
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