The MLS Best XI recognizes the league’s best player at each position. Media members, MLS players and MLS technical staffs determine the team each season.
Nikolic made waves in his first season in MLS, scoring 24 goals and taking home the Golden Boot. Additionally, the 29-year-old recorded 4 assists, and appeared in all 34 of Chicago’s regular season games.
Beyond the Best XI and Golden Boot, Nikolic has also been named the Chicago Fire Most Valuable Player, finished second in the 2017 MLS Newcomer of the Year voting and is one of the five finalists for the MLS Most Valuable Player — which will be announced on Monday, Dec. 4.
Here is the full MLS Best XI:
Tim Melia - GK - Sporting Kansas City
Justin Morrow - DEF - Toronto FC
Ike Opara - DEF - Sporting Kansas City
Kendall Watson - DEF - Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Miguel Almiron - MID - Atlanta United
Victor Vazquez - MID - Toronto FC
Diego Valeri - MID - Portland Timbers
Sebastian Giovinco - FWD - Toronto FC
Josef Martinez - FWD - Atlanta United
Nemanja Nikolic - FWD - Chicago Fire
David Villa - FWD - New York City FC