Well, the East versus West angle really does yield a different perspective. New Jersey's Ives Galarcep has the trade the Galaxy made for Chris Klein as one of the season's worst.
Meanwhile, out in the West, the local writers turned in their ballots for making Klein LA's Most Valuable Player.
It's the first time a player who was not on the LA roster for the entire season has claimed the title. That Landon Donovan didn't win, despite by far being the most productive Galaxy player (8 goals, 12 assists) is a trivial travesty. He did win the Golden Boot - because that's won on merit alone, unaffected by anyone who thinks he should play in Europe and doesn't like his penalty kick ritual.
To me, this is similar to those who argue that Benny Feilhaber should have won the Honda Player of the Year based on his goal against Mexico alone.
Klein had that spectacular goal versus Pachuca in the SuperLiga. He was a good soldier for the team in both his willingness and effectiveness on the defense, but I don't see that as MVP work. Still, it makes for an amusing contrast versus the "biggest trade bust".