Darwin Quintero has enjoyed a stratospheric rise to prominence since becoming Minnesota United's first ever designated player last year.
The Colombian national went on a tear after signing with the Loons last March, putting away 11 goals and 15 assists in his debut season.
He's started the 2019 season in a similarly rich vein of form, scoring 2 goals (albeit, both penalties) and registering 3 assists in the first two games of the season.
The striker will line up against the LA Galaxy on Saturday considered one of Major League Soccer's "most electrifying players," according to ESPN.
The 31 year old is the first name mentioned in this ESPN article that highlights the "dual threats" of MLS, namely those accomplished at both scoring and assisting goals.
ESPN notes that Quintero's signing was "quickly overshadowed" when the Galaxy announced just a few hours later that it had signed global superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who is injured for Saturday's game against the Loons.
"Nearly a year later, it's Quintero writing the headlines," ESPN continues. "Minnesota's talisman has begun 2019 with two goals and three assists, leading the league in both categories.
"It's no fluke, either. Last year he was one of just 10 players to register double-digit goals and assists, despite not making his debut until six weeks into the season. And this year, Quintero is leading that pack of MLS' dual threats."
United agree, with director of player personnel Amos Magee telling ESPN that he believes Quintero is an "MVP candidate."
LA Galaxy vs. Minnesota United kicks off at 9:30 p.m. Central Time on Saturday.