MLS announces awards finalists

November 15, 2012

Major League Soccer has unveiled the finalists for the individual awards. Votes were submitted before the playoffs began. Reporters, players and team representatives participated in the process. My choices are marked by asterisks. The league’s Best XI will be announced Nov. 26. There are also fair play, humanitarian, referee and best goal and save awards.

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR (winner announced Monday)

Austin Berry (Chicago Fire)

*Nick DeLeon (D.C. United)

Darren Mattocks (Vancouver Whitecaps)

DEFENDER OF THE YEAR (Tuesday)

Victor Bernardez (San Jose Earthquakes)

*Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City)

Aurelien Collin (Sporting Kansas City)

COACH OF THE YEAR (Nov. 27)

Ben Olsen (D.C. United)

Peter Vermes (Sporting Kansas City)

*Frank Yallop (San Jose Earthquakes)

COMEBACK PLAYER OF THE YEAR (Nov. 27)

Alan Gordon (San Jose Earthquakes)

Eddie Johnson (Seattle Sounders)

*Chris Pontius (D.C. United)

GOALKEEPER OF THE YEAR (Nov. 28)

Michael Gspurning (Seattle Sounders)

Dan Kennedy (Chivas USA)

*Jimmy Nielsen (Sporting Kansas City)

NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR (Nov. 28)

Victor Bernardez (San Jose Earthquakes)

Michael Gspurning (Seattle Sounders)

*Federico Higuain (Columbus Crew)

MOST VALUABLE PLAYER (Nov. 29)

Thierry Henry (New York Red Bulls)

*Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)

Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)

Steven Goff is The Post’s soccer writer. His beats include D.C. United, MLS and the international game, as well as local college basketball.
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