FC Cincinnati midfielder Luciano Acosta, who scored 17 goals and set up 14 others this season, was named Major League Soccer's 2023 Most Valuable Player on Monday.
The 29-year-old Argentine striker became the first player in league history to claim the MVP award after leading his team to its first MLS award after Cincinnati claimed the Supporters' Shield for the best regular-season record.
Acosta became only the sixth player in MLS history with three or more seasons producing at least 10 goals and 10 assists.
Cincinnati will have a prime chance to play for the MLS Cup. The club will host arch-rival Columbus Crew in the Eastern Conference playoff final on Saturday.
One of the Ohio clubs will play either Houston or defending champion Los Angeles FC in the MLS Cup final on December 9.
Acosta becomes the ninth South American-born player to win the MVP award, the first since Atlanta's Josef Martinez in 2018.
Acosta is the fourth Argentine player to capture the honor after Portland's Diego Valeri in 2015, Guillermo Barros Schelotto of Columbus in 2008 and DC United's Christian Gomez in 2006.
Acosta, who has 58 goals since his MLS debut in 2016, won with 60.37% of votes from players, club staff and a media panel. Denis Bouanga of LAFC was second on 14.97% with Atlanta's Thiago Almada third on 6.46%.