MLS Announces 2011 Awards Finalists

League announces 2011 awards finalists

Major League Soccer today announced the finalists for its 2011 postseason awards. Winners for each award will be announced between now and MLS Cup on Nov. 20 (awards announcement schedule below).

The finalists, listed in alphabetical order below for each award, earned the most votes in polling of three voting groups:

·         Current MLS players

·         MLS Clubs (Coaches, Technical Directors, Presidents, and PR/Community Relations)

·         Media members who covered MLS regularly in 2011

Voting was based on performance in the 2011 MLS Regular Season.

This season’s most outstanding individual plays will be honored on Wednesday, Nov. 16 when the AT&T Goal of the Year and the Save of the Year are announced. Voting for the AT&T Goal of the Year and the MLS Save of the Year is conducted on the League’s official web site MLSsoccer.com. 

The 2011 awards announcements conclude Friday, Nov. 18 with the unveiling of the 2011 MLS Volkswagen MVP and Commissioner’s Award.

 

2011 Major League Soccer Awards Finalists

(Listed in alphabetical order by last name within each award category)

Rookie of the Year Finalists – Winner to be announced Nov. 8

Michael Farfan (Philadelphia Union)

Perry Kitchen (D.C. United)

C.J. Sapong (Sporting Kansas City)

 

Xbox 360 Individual Fair Play Finalists* – Winner to be announced Nov. 8

Darrius Barnes (New England Revolution)

Kosuke Kimura (Colorado Rapids)

Sebastien Le Toux (Philadelphia Union)

*Selected by MLS based on objective criteria such as fouls committed, cards received, games & minutes played, as well as subjective evaluation of sportsmanlike behavior.

 
Xbox 360 Team Fair Play Finalists* – Winner to be announced Nov. 8

Chivas USA

Philadelphia Union

Portland Timbers

*Selected by MLS based on objective criteria such as fewest fouls committed, cards received, and on subjective evaluation of sportsmanlike behavior.

Defender of the Year Finalists – Winner to be announced Nov. 9

Nat Borchers (Real Salt Lake)                     

Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy)                

Jamison Olave (Real Salt Lake)

 
MLS W.O.R.K.S. Humanitarian of the Year Finalists – Winner to be announced Nov. 9

Zak Boggs (New England Revolution)

Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo)

Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)

 
Referee of the Year Finalists – Winner to be announced Nov. 9

Mark Geiger                      

Ricardo Salazar

Kevin Stott

Assistant Referee of the Year Finalists – Winner to be announced Nov. 9

Sean Hurd

Corey Rockwell

Adam Wienckowski

 
Coach of the Year Finalists – Winner to be announced Nov. 14

Bruce Arena (LA Galaxy)                                    

Sigi Schmid (Seattle Sounders FC)        

Peter Vermes (Sporting Kansas City)  

                       
Comeback Player of the Year Finalists – Winner to be announced Nov. 14

David Beckham (LA Galaxy)

Charlie Davies (D.C. United)

Dominic Oduro (Chicago Fire)

Goalkeeper of the Year Finalists – Winner to be announced Nov. 15

Kevin Hartman (FC Dallas)

Kasey Keller (Seattle Sounders FC)

Faryd Mondragon (Philadelphia Union)

 
Newcomer of the Year Finalists – Winner to be announced Nov. 15

Eric Hassli (Vancouver Whitecaps FC)           

Luke Rodgers (New York Red Bulls)       

Mauro Rosales (Seattle Sounders FC)

Volkswagen Most Valuable Player Finalists – Winner to be announced Nov. 18

Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo)                   

Dwayne De Rosario (D.C. United)               

Brek Shea (FC Dallas)

 

Awards Announcements Schedule:

Schedule subject to change

 
November 8: MLS Rookie of the Year, Xbox Fair Play Individual & Team of the Year

November 9: Defender of the Year, MLS W.O.R.K.S. Humanitarian of the Year, and Referee/Assistant Referee of the Year

November 10: 2011 MLS Best XI

November 14: MLS Coach of the Year and Comeback Player of the Year

November 15: Goalkeeper of the Year and Newcomer of the Year

November 16: AT&T Goal of the Year and MLS Save of the Year

November 18: Volkswagen MVP and Commissioner’s Award