RIOT SQUAD PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Every year the LA Riot Squad votes for the player who not only has a great season on the field, but also shows the most heart and best embodies the “spirit” of the Riot Squad (whatever that is). It’s a notoriously nebulous set of criteria, but purposely so. A player can win the award twice in different years for totally different reasons.

 

Browsing through the history of the POTY is probably the best way to understand it.

 

Part MVP and part “our guy”, winners aren’t always the best player on the pitch for that particular year, but they’re always somehow connected to LARS. They may have bought us a keg (yes, it can be bought). We may have fallen in love with their work ethic and commitment day-in and day-out while headlines went to other players. They may have made it a point to give us a shoutout on national television, or taken the time to come and say hi after the games. They may be a little bit crazy. They may have done a million intangibles that all seem small on their own, but add up to everything the Riot Squad demands of a player that wears the jersey.

 

The only official rule: they must currently be a member of the LA Galaxy (or a part of its larger family).

 

Other guidelines we consider: How well do they personify LARS as players and as people? How do they treat us and fans on and off the pitch? How much will they appreciate it? How much did they contribute to the team? What intangible did they display that sets them apart from everyone else? Do they belong in this completely unique pantheon?

 

Some years the decision is nearly unanimous, other years there is fierce debate. It is never taken lightly. That is because this award is the most precious gift that the Riot Squad can offer a player. If they don’t get that, then they don’t deserve it.

2016: Jelle Van Damme

POTY_2016

2015: Alan Gordon

POTY_2015

2014: Luca DeLaGarza

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2013: Marcelo Sarvas

POTY_2013

2012: AJ DeLaGarza

POTY 2012 AJ DELAGARZA

2011: Omar Gonzalez

POTY 2011 OMAR GONZALEZ

2010: Edson Buddle

POTY 2010 EDSON BUDDLE

2009: Landon Donovan

POTY 2009 LANDON DONOVAN

2008: Chris Klein

POTY 2008 CHRIS KLEIN

2007: Landon Donovan

POTY 2007 LANDON DONOVAN

2006: Cobi Jones

POTY 2006 COBI JONES

2005: Hercules Gomez

POTY 2005 HERCULEZ GOMEZ

2004: Ryan Suarez

POTY 2004 RYAN SUAREZ

2003: Kevin Hartman

POTY 2003 KEVIN HARTMAN

2002: Alexi Lalas

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