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The extraordinary performances of two diverse Major League Soccer players are recognized today as MLS announced the winners of the 2014 Allstate Goalkeeper of the Year and Newcomer of the Year awards. D.C. United goalkeeper Bill Hamid took home the goalkeeping award after helping his hometown club stage a remarkable comeback in 2014 which saw the club top the Eastern Conference after a last-place finish the year before. North of the border, Vancouver Whitecaps FC midfielder and captain Pedro Morales nabbed the newcomer award after making a name for himself in his first year in the league, guiding Vancouver to its first playoff appearance since 2012.

2014 Allstate Goalkeeper of the Year: Bill Hamid – D.C. UnitedBill Hamid had a breakthrough season between the pipes for D.C. United in 2014, his fifth season with the club. Hamid was one of the key components of D.C.’s amazing comeback in which the team claimed the top spot in the Eastern Conference after setting a league-worst record in 2013. This year, Hamid recorded the most minutes of his career for D.C. United with 2,700, and set regular season career highs with 10 shutouts and 110 saves. The Virginia native finished second in league shutouts, three behind Vancouver’s David Ousted, and recorded the second-best goals against average with a 1.13 average among goalkeepers that played more than 2000 minutes. Hamid’s success did not go unnoticed, as he went on to earn his second-ever cap for the U.S. men’s national team, playing a full 90 minutes in the Americans’ 4-1 loss to Republic of Ireland on Nov. 18.

The Allstate Goalkeeper of the Year award was voted on by media, MLS players and MLS club management based on regular season performance. The other two finalists were Real Salt Lake’s Nick Rimando and Columbus Crew SC’s Steve Clark.

2014 Newcomer of the Year: Pedro Morales – Vancouver Whitecaps FCChilean midfielder Pedro Morales joined Vancouver Whitecaps FC from Spain’s La Liga side Málaga FC as a Designated Player in March 2014. The 29-year-old immediately asserted himself as a key cog in Vancouver’s attack, recording team highs with 10 goals and 12 assists. Vancouver compiled a 10-1-4 record when Morales notched a goal or an assist in 2014. Morales also inherited the captain’s armband following longtime defender Jay DeMerit’s retirement in July, and helped lead the ‘Caps to the knockout round of the 2014 MLS Cup Playoffs.

The Newcomer of the Year honors the player who is in his first season in Major League Soccer, but has prior professional experience, making him ineligible for Rookie of the Year honors.

The award was voted on by media, MLS players and MLS club management based on regular season performance. The other two finalists were New England Revolution midfielder Jermaine Jones and LA Galaxy midfielder Stefan Ishizaki.

Allstate Goalkeeper of the Year Winners:

2014: Bill Hamid – D.C. United

2013: Donovan Ricketts – Portland Timbers

2012: Jimmy Nielsen – Sporting Kansas City

2011: Kasey Keller – Seattle Sounders FC

2010: Donovan Ricketts – LA Galaxy

2009: Zach Thornton – Chivas USA

2008: Jon Busch – Chicago Fire

2007: Brad Guzan – Chivas USA

2006: Troy Perkins – D.C. United

2005: Pat Onstad – San Jose Earthquakes

2004: Joe Cannon – Colorado Rapids

2003: Pat Onstad – San Jose Earthquakes

2002: Joe Cannon – San Jose Earthquakes

2001: Tim Howard – MetroStars

2000: Tony Meola – Kansas City Wizards

1999: Kevin Hartman – Los Angeles Galaxy

1998: Zach Thornton – Chicago Fire

1997: Brad Friedel – Columbus Crew

1996: Mark Dodd – Dallas Burn

MLS Newcomer of the Year Winners:

2014: Pedro Morales – Vancouver Whitecaps FC

2013: Diego Valeri – Portland Timbers

2012: Federico Higuain – Columbus Crew

2011: Mauro Rosales – Seattle Sounders FC

2010: Alvaro Saborio – Real Salt Lake

2009: Fredy Montero – Seattle Sounders FC

2008: Darren Huckerby – San Jose Earthquakes

2007: Luciano Emilio – D.C. United