MLS MVP: Who’s Worthy After Week 5?

Week 5's MLS MVP Top 5 Candidates

Week 5 MLS MVP
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Week 5 of MLS was rivalry week. I love rivalry week, because it really reignites the passion, which sometimes dies down after the first few matches of the season. I think players play a little harder as they have a little more to prove when taking on rival clubs, because they seek bragging rights. Here are five players I think really gave it their all this weekend and have done so all season.

5. Dan Kennedy

Dan Kennedy Week 5 MLS MVP
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5. Dan Kennedy

Dan Kennedy Week 5 MLS MVP

Dan Kennedy isn't someone you expect to see on the list knowing his club lost 3-0 to LA Galaxy over the weekend, and he hasn't been able to keep a clean sheet all season, but I think the score would be a lot worse without Kennedy. It is not his fault the defense lacks depth, and he's left to try to pick up the slack. Keep an eye on his skills; he does make some incredible saves, which would just add to the tally against Chivas without him.

4. Federico Higuain

Federico Higuain Week 5 MLS MVP
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4. Federico Higuain

Federico Higuain Week 5 MLS MVP

Federico Higuain was Columbus Crew's Club MVP last year, and the way he's started off the season, I think he may have a repeat set in mind. I've taken it further and called him league MVP material, because he continues to impress. Crew was a pretty unfamiliar club last season, but he is part of the reason it has been making headlines this season. Clubs are starting to realize Higuain is someone they need to watch out for.

3. Diego Valeri

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3. Diego Valeri

Diego Valeri Week 5 MLS MVP

Diego Valeri has been proving his worth again and again out on the pitch. Statistically he has the most shots on goal, which is obviously what you want your strikers to achieve, and he often converts those shots. During this weekend's match against the Seattle Sounders, Valeri scored one of the four goals for the Portland Timbers.

2. Clint Dempsey

Clint Dempsey Week 5 MLS MVP
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2. Clint Dempsey

Clint Dempsey Week 5 MLS MVP

If you missed the Seattle Sounders and Portland Timbers match, you are probably kicking yourself. It was an intense match, just like the rivalry, and Clint Dempsey really used it as an opportunity to shine. Dempsey has been helpful to his club all season -- when he was eligible to play at least -- and he was the savior of the match by scoring a hat trick. If that isn't MVP material, then I don't know what is.

1. Michael Bradley

Michael Bradley Week 5 MLS MVP
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1. Michael Bradley

Michael Bradley Week 5 MLS MVP

Michael Bradley received much praise with the US National Team and continues to earn the respect of fans and critics during his time with Toronto FC. He is an excellent leader and midfielder. Toronto defeated Columbus Crew this weekend, and a lot of that is thanks to Bradley who scored the first goal and did a lot more. If Bradley continues to play as hard as he does, I think he's a prime MVP candidate -- even with missed time for the World Cup.

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