MLS names finalists for end-of-season awards

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NEW YORK – Major League Soccer announced the finalists for its 2010 year-end awards on Oct. 27. Winners for each award were revealed in the following weeks.

The finalists earned the most votes in polling of MLS players, general managers, coaches, referees and members of the media.

The nominees and winners were ...

Goalkeeper of the Year Finalists


  • WINNER: Donovan Ricketts (LA Galaxy)
  • Kevin Hartman (FC Dallas)
  • Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)

Fair Play Finalists - Individual

  • WINNER: Sebastien Le Toux (Philadelphia Union)
  •  C.J. Brown (Chicago Fire)
  • Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)

Comeback Player of the Year Finalists


  • WINNER: Bobby Convey (San Jose Earthquakes)
  • Chris Albright (New York Red Bulls)
  • Brek Shea (FC Dallas)

Visa Defender of the Year Finalists

  • WINNER: Jamison Olave (Real Salt Lake)
  • Nat Borchers (Real Salt Lake)
  • Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy)

MLS W.O.R.K.S. Humanitarian of the Year Finalists

  • WINNER: Seth Stammler (New York Red Bulls)
  • Brian Ching (Houston Dynamo)
  • Jimmy Conrad (Kansas City Wizards)

adidas Referee of the Year Finalists

  • WINNER: Kevin Stott
  • Mark Geiger
  • Baldomero Toledo

Rookie of the Year Finalists

  • WINNER: Andy Najar (D.C. United)
  • Danny Mwanga (Philadelphia Union)
  • Tim Ream (New York Red Bulls)

Coach of the Year Finalists

  • WINNER: Schellas Hyndman (FC Dallas)
  • Hans Backe (New York Red Bulls)
  • Jason Kreis (Real Salt Lake)

Newcomer of the Year Finalists


  • WINNER: Alvaro Saborio (Real Salt Lake)
  • Thierry Henry (New York Red Bulls)
  • Joel Lindpere (New York Red Bulls)


Volkswagen Most Valuable Player Finalists

  • Edson Buddle (LA Galaxy)
  • David Ferreira (FC Dallas)
  • Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)

Awards Announcements Schedule:


Schedule subject to change

November 3: Rookie of the Year, Fair Play Individual & Team of the Year, and Goalkeeper of the Year

November 5: Visa Defender and adidas Referee/Assistant Referee of the Year

November 8: MLS W.O.R.K.S. Humanitarian of the Year

November 10: Newcomer and Comeback Player of the Year

November 11: MLS Coach of the Year

November 15: 2010 MLS Best XI

November 17: AT&T Goal of the Year and NAPA Auto Parts Save of the Year

November 19: Volkswagen MVP & Commissioner’s Award


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