Top 10 2013 MLS MVP Candidates
2. Will Johnson, Portland Timbers
Johnson emerged as the Timbers' captain after being acquired in the offseason from Real Salt Lake, and he has been a force in Portland's dominant midfield all season. Johnson has been a main spark in the club's surge from also-ran to playoff contender under first-year manager Caleb Porter. Johnson has doubled his previous career-high in goals, tallying six times, while bringing his element of tenacity and leadership to the table. The Canadian international was rewarded with a start in the MLS All-Star Game as a result, and his absence due to a shoulder injury has been quite glaring considering Portland's recent slight dip in form without him.