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Thornton wins keeper award; Ralston fair play

Here's my story from today on Sounders keeper Kasey Keller, which mentioned that he was up for MLS goalkeeper of the year and the league's fair play award.

However, Keller went 0-for-2 today, as MLS awarded its goalkeeping honors to Zach Thornton of Chivas USA and fair-play New England Revolution midfielder Steve Ralston.

Despite the presence of Cuauhtemoc Blanco, the Chicago Fire earned the MLS Team Fair Play award as the MLS club with the fewest disciplinary points during the 2009 regular season.

The Goalkeeper of the Year and the Individual Fair Play award winners earned the most votes in polling of MLS players, general managers, coaches, referees and members of the media.

Here's the goalkeeper release from MLS.

Here's more from the league on the other awards:

Ralston started 17 games for the Revolution this year and recorded seven goals and seven assists. In 1,543 minutes of play, Ralston committed only four fouls and received two cautions. The all-time leader in games played (378) and assists (135) Ralston helped the Revolution to an 11-10-9 record and the club’s eighth consecutive playoff appearance. Before joining the Revolution, Ralston spent six seasons with the Tampa Bay Mutiny, earning the Rookie of the Year award in 1996.

The Chicago Fire claimed the Team Fair Play award for accumulating the fewest disciplinary points (259.5) of any team during the 2009 regular season. Disciplinary points are assigned as follow: 4 points for each caution received, 10 points for each red card, 0.50 points for each foul committed and a reduction of 15 points for each game that a team completes without receiving any cards or action from the MLS Disciplinary Committee.