Sounders defender DeAndre Yedlin and forward/midfielder Lamar Neagle were among the finalist for MLS postseason awards announced today -- Yedlin for rookie of the year, and Neagle for comeback player.
Here's the release from the league:
Major League Soccer today announced the finalists for its 2013 awards. The winners for each award will be revealed in the coming weeks. The finalists, listed in alphabetical order below for each award, earned the most votes in polling of three voting groups: · Current MLS players· MLS Clubs (Coaches, Technical Directors, Chief Business Officers and PR/Community Relations)· Media members who covered MLS regularly in 2013 This season’s most outstanding individual plays will be honored on Thursday, Dec. 5 when the AT&T Goal of the Year and the Save of the Year are announced. Voting for the Goal and Save of the Year is conducted on the League’s official web site MLSsoccer.com. The awards announcements conclude on Thursday, Dec. 5 with the unveiling of the 2013 Volkswagen MLS Most Valuable Player. 2013 Major League Soccer Awards Finalists (Listed in alphabetical order by last name within each award category)
AT&T Rookie of the Year FinalistsDeshorn Brown (Colorado Rapids)Dillon Powers (Colorado Rapids)DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC) Xbox Individual Fair Play Finalists*Jalil Anibaba (Chicago Fire)Nat Borchers (Real Salt Lake)Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers) *Selected by MLS based on objective criteria such as fouls committed, cards received, games & minutes played, as well as subjective evaluation of sportsmanlike behavior. Xbox Team Fair Play Finalists*Houston DynamoLA GalaxyVancouver Whitecaps FC *Selected by MLS based on objective criteria such as fewest fouls committed, cards received, and on subjective evaluation of sportsmanlike behavior. Defender of the Year FinalistsMatt Besler (Sporting Kansas City)Jose Goncalves (New England Revolution)Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy) MLS WORKS Humanitarian of the Year FinalistsJeb Brovsky (Montreal Impact)Dwayne De Rosario (D.C. United)Matt Reis (New England Revolution)
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Referee of the Year Finalists Ismail ElfathHilario GrajedaBaldomero Toledo Assistant Referee of the Year FinalistsFrank AndersonBill DittmarKermit Quisenberry Coach of the Year FinalistsJason Kreis (Real Salt Lake)Mike Petke (New York Red Bulls)Caleb Porter (Portland Timbers) Comeback Player of the Year FinalistsKevin Alston (New England Revolution)Conor Casey (Philadelphia Union)Lamar Neagle (Seattle Sounders FC) Allstate Goalkeeper of the Year FinalistsJimmy Nielsen (Sporting Kansas City)Donovan Ricketts (Portland Timbers)Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake) Newcomer of the Year Finalists Jose Goncalves (New England Revolution)Nigel Reo-Coker (Vancouver Whitecaps FC)Diego Valeri (Portland Timbers)
Volkswagen Most Valuable Player Finalists Marco DiVaio (Montreal Impact)Robbie Keane (LA Galaxy)Mike Magee (Chicago Fire) Awards Announcements Schedule: Schedule subject to changeNovember 25: AT&T Rookie of the Year, Xbox Fair Play Individual & Team of the Year
November 26: MLS Defender of the Year, MLS WORKS Humanitarian of the Year, and Referee/Assistant Referee of the Year December 2: MLS Coach of the Year and Comeback Player of the Year December 3: 2013 MLS Best XI December 4: Allstate Goalkeeper of the Year and Newcomer of the Year December 5: AT&T Goal of the Year, MLS Save of the Year and Volkswagen MLS MVP