2014 Latino del Año: Voting opens for the Round of 16, as group stage results announced



NEW YORK – The fans have spoken.

After three days of voting for the group stage of 2014 Latino del Año, presented by U.S. Army, fans have decided which players move on to the Round of 16.

Following an unprecedented first round, where the percentage of votes set a new record this year compared to past editions, the top two players from each group qualified for the next round, where 16 players have been paired up in eight matchups that will determine who goes though to the quarterfinals stage.

The dominance in the ballots of Costa Ricans Alvaro Saborio (Real Salt Lake), Waylon Francis (Columbus Crew), Rodney Wallace (Portland Timbers) and Kendall Waston (Vancouver Whitecaps), who claimed the first spots in their respective groups, and the massive support for Guatemalan midfielder Marco Pappa (Seattle Sounders) – who obtained the highest amount of votes overall -- set the tone in the first round of the contest.

Here are the matchups for the Round of 16 for FutbolMLS.com's 2014 Latino del Año:

Q1: (A1) Erick Torres vs. (B2) Federico Higuaín
Q2: (H1) Waylon Francis vs. (G2) Joao Plata
Q3: (B1) Jaime Penedo vs. (A2) Omar González
Q4: (G1) Álvaro Saborío vs. (H2) Blas Pérez
Q5: (C1) Pedro Morales vs. (D2) Fabián Castillo
Q6: (F1) Rodney Wallace vs. (E2) Marcelo Sarvas
Q7: (D1) Kendall Waston vs. (C2) Gonzalo Pineda
Q8: (E1) Marco Pappa vs. (F2) Víctor Bernárdez

Voting for the Round of 16 is now open and will close on Sunday, November 9, at 11:59 pm ET. The player with the highest number of votes in each matchup will qualify for the quarterfinal stage.

GROUP STAGE FINAL RESULTS

GROUP A


1. Erick “Cubo” Torres (Chivas USA) – 39%
2. Omar González (LA Galaxy) – 28%

3. Raúl Fernández (FC Dallas) – 24%
4. Diego Fagúndez (NE Revolution) – 9%

GROUP B


1. Jaime Penedo (LA Galaxy) – 76%
2. Federico Higuain (Columbus Crew) – 13%

3. Fabián Espíndola (DC United) – 7%
4. Luis Robles (NY Red Bulls) – 4%

GROUP C


1. Pedro Morales (Vancouver Whitecaps) – 36%
2. Gonzalo Pineda (Seattle Sounders) – 35%

3. Diego Valeri (Portland Timbers) - 20%
4. Diego Chara (Portland Timbers) – 9%

GROUP D


1. Kendall Waston (Vancouver Whitecaps) – 80%
2. Fabian Castillo (FC Dallas) – 10%

3. Matias Laba (Vancouver Whitecaps) – 6%
4. Luis Silva (DC United) – 4%

GROUP E


1.  Marco Pappa (Seattle Sounders) – 81%
2.  Marcelo Sarvas (LA Galaxy) – 13%

3.  Mauro Rosales (Vancouver Whitecaps) – 4%
4.  Ignacio Piatti (Montreal Impact) – 2%

GROUP F


1. Rodney Wallace (Portland Timbers) – 65%
2. Victor Bernardez (SJ Earthquakes) – 21%

3. Javier Morales (Real Salt Lake) – 9%
4. Maximiliano Urruti (Porltand Timbers) – 5%

GROUP G


1. Álvaro Saborio (Real Salt Lake) – 86%
2. Joao Plata (Real Salt Lake) -- 7%

3. Osvaldo Alonso (Seattle Sounders) – 5%
4. Jamison Olave (NY Red Bulls) – 2%

GROUP H


1. Waylon Francis (Columbus Crew) – 51%
2. Blas Perez (FC Dallas) -  28%

3. Boniek Garcia (Houston Dynamo) – 15%
4. Sebastian Fernandez (Vancouver Whitecaps) – 6%

2014 Latino del Año Schedule
November 6 – Group stage winners announced, online voting opens for Round of 16
November 10– Round of 16 winners announced, online voting opens for quarterfinals
November 13 – Quarterfinal winners announced, online voting opens for final
November 17 – 2014 Latino del Año winner announced