NEW YORK – And here they are. These are the top eight Latin American players in Major League Soccer, according to you!
After four days of intense voting, the fans chose the eight players who advanced to the quarterfinal round of FutbolMLS.com's Latino del Año.
Players who obtained the highest number of votes in the Round of 16 matchups have advanced to the next round, where eight players are paired up in the knockout stage. The respective winners will advance to the Latino del Año final.
FC Dallas striker Blas Pérez crushed Seattle Sounders midfielder Osvaldo Alonso by taking 86.94 percent of the final voting in that matchup.
The defending Latino del Año champion also advanced, as the Houston Dynamo's and Honduran international Boniek García – who on Monday joined FutbolMLS.com on a Google+ Hangout (video above) – and FC Dallas goalkeeper Raúl Fernández, the LA Galaxy's Jaime Penedo and Real Salt Lake striker Alvaro Saborío continue to have massive support from the fans.
The pairings for the quarterfinals phase are as follows:
- F1 : Álvaro Saborío (Real Salt Lake) vs. Diego Valeri (Portland Timbers)
- F2 : Camilo (Vancouver Whitecaps) vs. Boniek García (Houston Dynamo)
- F3 : Jaime Penedo (LA Galaxy) vs. Hendry Thomas (Colorado Rapids)
- F4 : Raúl Fernández (FC Dallas) vs. Blas Pérez (FC Dallas)
Quarterfinal voting starts today and will close this Wednesday, November 13, at 11:59 pm ET. The player who receives the most votes in each pairing will advance to the grand final, which is composed of four players this year.
ROUND OF 16 RESULTS
1. Álvaro Saborío (Real Salt Lake) - 80.02 %
2. Juan Agudelo (NE Revolution) - 19.98 %
1. Diego Valeri (Portland Timbers) - 70.06 %
2. Rodney Wallace (Portland Timbers) - 29.94%
1. Camilo (Vancouver Whitecaps) - 50.03 %
2. Federico Higuaín (Columbus Crew) - 49.97 %
1. Boniek García (Houston Dynamo) - 65.05 %
2. Marcelo Sarvas (LA Galaxy) - 34.95 %
1. Jaime Penedo (LA Galaxy) - 79.14 %
2. Erick "Cubo" Torres (Chivas USA) - 20.86 %
1. Hendry Thomas (Colorado Rapids) - 51.16 %
2. Jairo Arrieta (Columbus Crew) - 48.84 %
1. Raúl Fernández (FC Dallas) - 78.75 %
2. Víctor Bernárdez (SJ Earthquakes) - 21.25 %
1. Blas Pérez (FC Dallas) - 86.94 %
2. Osvaldo Alonso (Seattle Sounders) - 13.06 %
FutbolMLS.com's Latino del Año schedule
November 4 - Voting open for Group Stage
November 7 - Group Stage winners are announced, voting open to knockout stages
November 11 - Final Round winners are announced, voting open to Quarterfinals
November 14 - Quarterfinals winners announced, voting open for Final
November 18 - the 2013 Latino del Año is revealed.