Dániel Sallói named finalist for MLS MVP and Comeback Player of the Year

Sporting KC

Sporting Kansas City forward Daniel Salloi passes the ball during the first half of an MLS soccer match against Real Salt Lake, Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021, in Kansas City, Kan. (AP Photo/Nick Tre. Smith)

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Sporting Kansas City’s leading goal-scorer Dániel Sallói has capped off a career season with being named as a finalist for two league-wide awards.

Sallói was named a finalist for 2021 Landon Donovan MLS Most Valuable Player and 2021 MLS Comeback Player of the Year.

MLS MVP Finalists

  • Dániel Sallói – Sporting Kansas City
  • Valentín Castellanos – New York City FC
  • Carles Gil – New England Revolution
  • Hany Mukhtar – Nashville SC
  • João Paulo – Seattle Sounders

MLS CPOTY Finalists

  • Dániel Sallói – Sporting Kansas City
  • Carles Gil – New England Revolution
  • Javier “Chicharito” Hernández – Los Angeles Galaxy

Sallói scored 16 goals and added eight assists this season after his previous two seasons only saw him score once and have one assist in those two years combined.

His combined goal and assist total, 24, ties him for fifth-most in a single season in Sporting KC history.

Sallói is the fifth SKC player to be named a finalist for MVP.

The Hungarian-homegrown winger would be the third Kansas City player to win the award, joining goalkeeper Tony Meola (2000) and forward Preki who won it twice (1997, 2003).

He could become the fifth player in franchise history to win MLS Comeback Player of the Year award, joining Meola (2000), Chris Klein (2002, 2005), Eddie Johnson (2007) and Time Melia (2015).

Sallói battled for the MLS Golden Boot until an ankle injury limited his playtime toward the end of the season.

The winners will be announced throughout the duration of the playoffs and are voted on by current players and technical staff members and select media members.

The Hungarian Hitman and the rest of Sporting Kansas City will host the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday, Nov. 20 at Children’s Mercy Park in the first round of the 2021 MLS Cup Playoffs.

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