Szetela up for Chevrolet Athlete of Year

U.S. Soccer, in conjunction with
Chevrolet, announced the finalists for each of the four prestigious Athlete
of the Year awards - Male, Female, Young Male and Young Female. With the
announcement, voting for the high profile annual awards begins today
at ussoccer.com, with fans having the
opportunity to make their selections through a sharp new multimedia voter
interface once a day through Friday, Dec. 17, 2004.

Online votes for the annual awards will be tallied and equivalent to
50 percent of the total votes. As in years past, the other 50 percent will
be represented by 100 votes that will be compiled from members of the
national media and U.S. Soccer representatives (from National Team coaches
to the National Board of Directors).

In addition to voting for the annual Chevy awards, fans can also
vote daily for the third annual series of "Best of U.S. Soccer" awards until
the Dec. 17 deadline. The 2004 "Best of U.S. Soccer" awards will be decided
entirely by online fan votes.

2004 Chevrolet Athlete of the Year Awards

U.S. Soccer's Chevy Male and Female Athletes of the Year awards are
the oldest and most prestigious awards of their kind, dating back to 1984
for the Men and 1985 for the Women. The finalists for each award were
nominated on the basis of: a) competing and excelling at the highest level
(both at the National Team and professional level) during the calendar year;
b) exhibiting decorum on and off the field which reflects well on U.S.
Soccer; and c) contributing toward the growth, development, credibility and
popularization of soccer in the USA.

The five finalists for the two top awards are listed below in
alphabetical order:

Male

DaMarcus Beasley, M: Three of his 4 goals in 2004 came in the preliminary
round of 2006 FIFA World Cup Qualifying, helping spur the MNT into the
semifinal round ... Joined Dutch club PSV Eindhoven in the summer, scoring 5
goals thus far, including two Champions League goals, in 16 overall
appearances.

Carlos Bocanegra, D: Had continued success getting into the attack for the
MNT, scoring a goal and adding 3 assists in 10 games ... Is a regular
starter for Fulham, scoring one goal while helping the team post two
shutouts in the first half of the 2004-05 Premiership season.

Landon Donovan, M/F: Led the MNT in scoring with 5 goals and 5 assists for
15 points ... Played in 14 of 15 matches in 2004, captaining the team
several times in the absence of Claudio Reyna ... Was second in scoring for
San Jose with 6 goals and 10 assists for 22 points.

Kasey Keller, GK: Was the first-choice 'keeper for the MNT during the
preliminary and semifinal rounds of 2006 FIFA World Cup Qualifying, starting
6 matches and recording 3 shutouts ... His 4 wins on the year moved him into
first all-time in career victories for the MNT with 41.

Claudio Reyna, M: Appeared in 8 matches, dishing out 3 key assists and
helping captain the MNT through another successful round of qualifying ...
Started the first 6 games of Manchester City's 2004-05 season, but was
sidelined due to injury.

Female

Shannon Boxx, M: Scored 7 goals and 4 assists in 31 games from defensive
midfield ... Scored her first hat trick in the opening game of CONCACAF
Olympic Qualifying ... Was MVP of the USA's Algarve Cup triumph ...
Captained FIFA World All-Stars in victory over Germany.

Mia Hamm, F: Her final year was one of her best, as she posted 14 goals and
20 assists while playing in 29 matches ... Scored her 150th goal in a 3-1
win over Australia on July 21 ... Started all six games at the 2004
Olympics, scoring two goals and two assists, including the game-winning pass
in the USA's semifinal overtime win over Germany ... Notched four assists,
all to Abby Wambach, in a 5-0 win over Ireland on Oct. 23.

Kristine Lilly, M: Fourth on team in scoring with 8 goals and 7 assists in
27 matches ... Started every game at the 2004 Olympics, scoring in three
straight games to help team into final ... Had assist on Abby Wambach's gold
medal winner in overtime vs. Germany ... Is just 10 caps away from 300 ...
Scored her 100th career goal in 2004, becoming the fifth player to reach
that milestone.

Lindsay Tarpley, M/F: Scored 8 goals and 3 assists as a 20-year-old (only
Foudy & Lilly scored more at the age with the WNT) ... Scored on a
long-range blast in the USA's gold medal win over Brazil ... Broke her leg
midway through UNC season (having scored 2 goals and 3 assists in 10
matches), but returned for ACC and NCAA postseason tournaments.

Abby Wambach, F: Unstoppable in 2004, she led the WNT with 29 goals and 13
assists for 69 points, the second highest total in WNT history ... Her
output increased her goal-scoring ratio to an incredible 43 goals in 54
games ... Led the U.S. with 4 goals at the Olympics, including the gold
medal winner in OT against Brazil ... Became only the fourth player in WNT
history to score five goals in a game (in a 5-0 win over Ireland on Oct.
23).

U.S. Soccer and Chevy created the Young Male and Female Athlete of
the Year awards in 1998 to highlight up-and-coming stars within the U.S.
Youth National Team system. The Young Male and Young Female winners are
honored with $1,000 donated to the U.S. Soccer Foundation in their name.

Young Male

Alecko Eskandarian, F: Led the U-23 MNT with 4 goals in 4 games in CONCACAF
Olympic Qualifying, including a hat trick in a 4-3 win over Honduras ... Had
a stellar second season in MLS, finishing seventh in the league with 10
goals ... Led MLS in playoff scoring and was MVP of MLS Cup victory.

Eddie Gaven, M: Made his debut for the full MNT at age 17, playing 9 minutes
in a 1-1 tie with Poland on July 11 ... Appeared in four matches for the
U-23 MNT in CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying ... Had a coming-of-age MLS season,
playing in 29 games and finishing third on MetroStars in scoring with 7
goals and 7 assists.

Ed Johnson, F: Scored 5 goals across 61 minutes in his first three MNT caps,
becoming just the second player in MNT history to accomplish such a feat ...
His hat trick in a 21-minute span of a 6-0 World Cup qualifying win over
Panama on Oct. 13 marked the first by a sub in MNT history ... Appeared in 4
matches for the U-23 MNT in CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying ... Tied for MLS
lead with 12 goals and added 3 assist in 26 games for Dallas.

Jonathan Spector, D: Rose rapidly at Manchester United, making a number of
first team appearances to start the 2004-05 EPL season (including a
Champions League start in 3-0 win vs. Dinamo Bucharest) ... Earned Man of
the Match honors for Man U. in a 0-0 draw with Everton ... Named the MUFC
Jimmy Murphy Young Player of the Year ... Made two appearances for the U-20
MNT and made his full MNT debut in the team's World Cup qualifier on Nov.
17.

Danny Szetela, M: Played in 4 matches for the U-20 MNT ... Was allocated to
the Crew midway through the MLS season in a league-wide allocation draft ...
Appeared in 8 games, scoring one assist as a rookie, helping the Crew on
their unbeaten run to close out the season.

Young Female

Lori Chalupny, M: Scored her first goal for the WNT, a long-range bomb in a
3-0 win over Mexico ... Was a member of the USA's 2004 Olympic Residency
Camp ... Helped the U-21 WNT to a sixth straight Nordic Cup title, opening
the scoring in a 3-0 win over Sweden in the championship game ... Helped UNC
go undefeated in regular season with 18-0-2 mark, scoring 6 goals and 3
assists ... Named a semifinalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy.

Ashlyn Harris, GK: One of the best young goalkeepers in the world, she
captained the U.S. U-19 WNT to the FIFA Under-19 Women's World Championship
in Thailand ... Posted a 6-2-2 record in 2004 with five shutouts for U-19s
... Has a career record of 23-4-2 in 33 U-19 internationals dating back to
2001 ... Delayed her enrollment as a freshman at the University of North
Carolina to compete at the world championship.

Natasha Kai, F: First-ever player from Hawaii to make an impact in the WNT
program, scoring 3 goals and 2 assists at the 2004 Nordic Cup in Denmark,
including 2 goals in a 3-0 win over Germany ... Led the U-21s in scoring in
2004 with 12 goals in 17 games ... Led the University of Hawaii in scoring
with 12 goals and 6 assists during her junior season ... Named as a MAC
Hermann Trophy semifinalist.

Heather O'Reilly, F: The youngest player on the 2004 Olympic Team, she came
off the bench in 11 matches for the WNT scoring a goal and 2 assists ... Her
overtime winner against Germany was one of the most important in WNT
history, sending the U.S. to the Olympic final ... Traveled to China with
the U-21s during WNT residency, scoring against the China U-21s in a 2-0 win
... Finished second in scoring for the undefeated North Carolina Tar Heels
with 12 goals and 7 assists in 18 games ... Named a semifinalist for the MAC
Hermann Trophy.

Angie Woznuk, F: The crafty attacking midfielder is second on the U-19 WNT
in scoring with six goals and one assist in 10 international matches ... A
member of the USA's 2002 U-19 world champions, she helped the USA qualify
for the 2004 FIFA Under-19 World Championship with a hat trick against
Mexico ... Red-shirted her sophomore season at the Univ. of Portland to
compete at the world championship.

Chevrolet, the largest division of General Motors Corporation, has
been a proud sponsor of U.S. Soccer, the U.S. Youth Soccer Association and
state soccer associations since 1997.


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