Four Sounders are among the finalist for Major League Soccer's 2014 awards: Obafemi Martins for MVP, Chad Marshall for defensive player of the year, Stefan Frei for comeback player, and Sigi Schmid for coach of the year.
"I’m very proud of the nominations for Chad Marshall, for Obafemi Martins and for Stefan Frei, in terms of MVP, defender of the year and comeback player of the year," Schmid said this morning in a conference call for the Western Conference final series that begins Sunday at LA. "I think each of them have had excellent seasons and those nominations are very much deserves. In regards to my nomination, a coach’s nomination is a reflection of the quality of his team and his players, and I’m appreciative that my players have had a great season. I know I wouldn’t be nominated unless they have had a good season, and I’m very proud of what they’ve accomplished this year."
Here's the news from the league:
Major League Soccer has announced the finalists for its 2014 awards. The winners of each award will be revealed in the coming weeks.
The finalists for each award, listed in alphabetical order below, 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 2014
The 2014 Volkswagen MLS Most Valuable Player award will be presented on Wednesday, Dec. 3. For the first time since 2010, all three MVP finalists are in contention to hoist MLS Cup, as Robbie Keane, Obafemi Martins and Lee Nguyen will all take part in the Conference Championships this weekend.
Sigi Schmid will look to earn his third Coach of the Year award which would tie the Seattle Sounders FC head coach with LA Galaxy’s Bruce Arena. He faces stiff competition with finalists the likes of Gregg Berhalter of Columbus Crew SC and Ben Olsen of D.C. United. Olsen completed the single biggest points turn around (16 to 59) in MLS history with D.C. United, taking the team from last place in 2013 to top the Eastern Conference this season.
The most outstanding individual plays of the 2014 season will be honored on Thursday, Dec. 4 when the AT&T Goal of the Year and Save of the Year are announced. Voting for the Goal and Save of the Year is conducted at MLSsoccer.com.
2014 Major League Soccer Awards Finalists(Listed in alphabetical order by last name within each award category)
Volkswagen Most Valuable Player FinalistsRobbie Keane (LA Galaxy)Obafemi Martins (Seattle Sounders FC)Lee Nguyen (New England Revolution)AT&T Rookie of the Year FinalistsTesho Akindele (FC Dallas)Steven Birnbaum (D.C. United)Harrison Shipp (Chicago Fire)
Defender of the Year FinalistsBobby Boswell (D.C. United)Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy)Chad Marshall (Seattle Sounders FC)
Coach of the Year FinalistsGregg Berhalter (Columbus Crew SC)Ben Olsen (D.C. United)Sigi Schmid (Seattle Sounders FC)
Comeback Player of the Year FinalistsCharlie Davies (New England Revolution)Stefan Frei (Seattle Sounders FC)Rodney Wallace (Portland Timbers)
Allstate Goalkeeper of the Year FinalistsSteve Clark (Columbus Crew SC)Bill Hamid (D.C. United)Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
Newcomer of the Year Finalists Stefan Ishizaki (LA Galaxy)Jermaine Jones (New England Revolution)Pedro Morales (Vancouver Whitecaps FC)
MLS WORKS Humanitarian of the Year FinalistsDiego Chara (Portland Timbers)AJ DeLaGarza (LA Galaxy)Zach Loyd (FC Dallas)Xbox Individual Fair Play Finalists*Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers)Michael Parkhurst (Columbus Crew SC)Harrison Shipp (Chicago Fire)*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*LA Galaxy Philadelphia UnionReal Salt Lake*Selected by MLS based on objective criteria such as fewest fouls committed, cards received, and on subjective evaluation of sportsmanlike behavior.
Referee of the Year FinalistsMark Geiger Jair MarrufoAlan Kelly
Assistant Referee of the Year FinalistsPeter ManikowskiPaul ScottAdam Wienckowski
Awards Announcements Schedule:Schedule subject to change November 24: AT&T Rookie of the Year, Xbox Fair Play Individual and Team of the YearNovember 25: MLS Defender of the Year, MLS WORKS Humanitarian of the Year, and Referee/Assistant Referee of the YearDecember 2: MLS Coach of the Year, Comeback Player of the Year and MLS Best XIDecember 3: Allstate Goalkeeper of the Year, Newcomer of the Year and Volkswagen MLS MVPDecember 4: AT&T Goal of the Year, MLS Save of the Year