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Marshall, Busch finalists for awards

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Major League Soccer announced Monday that Jon Busch is one of three finalists for MLS Goalkeeper of the Year and that defender Chad Marshall is one of three finalists for MLS Gatorade Rookie of the Year. The league also announced today the three finalists for the Official Sports International Referee of the Year.

The Crew also have two of the 10 finalists for Sierra Mist MLS Goal of the Year. Ross Paule's free kick on Aug. 21 and Edson Buddle's historic blast on October 6 can be voted on at www.MLSNet.com.

Busch and Marshall join MLS Defender of the Year finalist Robin Fraser as award finalists, giving The Crew the most award finalists in the league thus far.

Busch is joined by MLS Honda MVP finalist Joe Cannon (Colorado Rapids) and Kevin Hartman (Los Angeles Galaxy) as finalists for the Goalkeeper of the Year award. Beside Marshall, the Gatorade Rookie of the Year ballot features Freddy Adu (D.C. United) and Clint Dempsey (New England Revolution). The Official Sports International Referee of the Year finalists are Abiodun Okulaja, Kevin Stott, and Kevin Terry.

Busch commands his penalty area like few do in MLS, exhibiting the reflexes and alertness which have made him one of the toughest goalkeepers to beat. During the 2004 season, Busch tied for the league lead with 10 shutouts and led the league with 12 wins. The 28-year old was the final line of defense for a team that set a new MLS record by finishing the season with an 18-game unbeaten streak, guarding the nets for 48 of the team's 49 total points on the season. Voted the September MLS Player of the Month, Busch also earned his first MLS All-Star appearance in July.

Marshall led all rookies in starts (27) and minutes played (2,446) during the 2004 season, combining with MLS Defender of the Year candidate Fraser and Goalkeeper of the Year nominee Busch to earn 10 clean sheets and establish the new MLS regular-season unbeaten streak of 18 games. The second overall pick in January's MLS SuperDraft, the 20-year old Marshall started the second game of the season (missed first game due to injury) and went on to play every minute of every game for 26 consecutive games. Marshall had a penchant for being in the right place at the right time, blocking five shots on goal and playing a clean defensive game by only receiving one caution during his 28-game rookie season.

Finalists for the MLS Coach of the Year, MLS Fair Play Award and U.S. Soccer Foundation Humanitarian of the Year will be made public on Nov. 8. The 2004 MLS Honda Most Valuable Player will be announced live on ESPNews from the ESPNZone in Anaheim, Calif., on Nov, 11 at 4 p.m. ET. The three finalists in the running to claim the Golden Ball will be in attendance at the event: Joe Cannon (Colorado Rapids), Amado Guevara (MetroStars) and Jaime Moreno (D.C. United).

The winners of every other year-end honor will be unveiled at the MLS Cup Media Luncheon on Friday, Nov. 12, while the 2004 MLS Best XI will be announced at the MLS Awards Gala on Saturday, Nov. 13. Jimmy Conrad (Kansas City Wizards), Fraser (Columbus Crew), and Eddie Pope (MetroStars) were previously announced as nominees for the MLS Defender of the Year award while Brian Ching (San Jose Earthquakes), Jaime Moreno (D.C. United), and Ronnie O'Brien (Dallas Burn) are up for the MLS Comeback Player of the Year honor. All finalists for every award will be on hand for the awards presentations in Southern California from Thursday through Saturday.

Online voting for the Sierra Mist Goal of the Year is underway on www.MLSnet.com. From the original list of 41 goals, the list has been cut to the top ten vote-getters, and will be further narrowed down to five finalists on Wednesday. Final voting will end on Nov. 8 and the winner will be announced with all others on Nov. 12. The Crew have two of the 10 finalists, Ross Paule's free kick on Aug. 21 and Edson Buddle historic blast on Oct. 6.

2004 MLS FINALISTS ANNOUNCEMENT SCHEDULE

Sat., Oct. 16 - Winner 2004 Supporters' Shield - Columbus Crew

Sun., Oct. 17 - Winner 2004 Budweiser Scoring Champion - Amado Guevara (MetroStars) and Pat Noonan (New England Revolution)

Mon., Oct. 25 - MLS Honda MVP Finalists - Joe Cannon (Colorado Rapids), Amado Guevara (MetroStars), Jaime Moreno (D.C. United)

MLS Defender of the Year Finalists - Jimmy Conrad (Kansas City Wizards), Robin Fraser (Columbus Crew), Eddie Pope (MetroStars).

MLS Comeback Player of the Year Finalists - Brian Ching (San Jose Earthquakes), Jaime Moreno (D.C. United), Ronnie O'Brien (Dallas Burn).

Mon, Nov. 1 - Gatorade Rookie of the Year - Freddy Adu (D.C. United), Clint Dempsey (New England Revolution), Chad Marshall (Columbus Crew)

MLS Goalkeeper of the Year - Jon Busch (Columbus Crew), Joe Cannon (Colorado Rapids), Kevin Hartman (Los Angeles Galaxy)

Official Sports International Referee of the Year- Abiodun Okulaja, Kevin Stott, Kevin Terry

Wed, Nov. 3 - Sierra Mist Goal of the Year finalist

Mon, Nov. 8 - MLS Coach of the Year, MLS Fair Play Award and U.S. Soccer Foundation Humanitarian of the Year Finalists

Thurs, Nov. 11 - MLS Honda Most Valuable Player winner (ESPNZone, Anaheim - 4 p.m. ET)

Friday, Nov. 12 - Announcement of award winners at the MLS Cup Media Luncheon: MLS Defender of the Year, MLS Comeback Player of the Year, Gatorade Rookie of the Year, MLS Goalkeeper of the Year, MLS Coach of the Year, MLS Fair Play Award and U.S. Soccer Foundation Humanitarian of the Year, Sierra Mist Goal of the Year (The Home Depot Center - 3 p.m. ET)

Saturday, Nov. 13 - Announcement of MLS Best XI at MLS Gala Awards


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