Nominees Announced for 2011 Canada Soccer Player Awards

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Canadian Soccer AssociationThe Canadian Soccer Association has announced the list of nominees for its 2011 Canada Soccer player awards. Canadian media and coaches will be asked to select two players – one male and one female – for the Canadian Soccer Association’s top prize, the BMO Canadian Players of the Year award. The award will celebrate Canada’s top-two soccer players in recognition of their 2011 achievements with both the national team and their respective club teams.

Read more: male nominees 
Read more: female nominees

In 2011, Canada’s men’s national team posted six wins, four draws and two losses. It ended the 2011 campaign on an eight-match unbeaten streak, including a first-place finish in CONCACAF Round 2 of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ Qualifiers. The record also included an even 1-1-1 record at the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup in June. Outside of Qualifiers, highlights included a 1:0 victory over Belarus and a home 2:2 draw with Ecuador at BMO Field in June.

Canada’s women’s team, meanwhile, set a national record with 14 wins in 24 matches. Its overall record of 14-4-6 included participation at the FIFA Women’s World Cup (with an exit in what turned out to be a group death) and the Pan American Games Women’s Football Tournament (with a gold medal finish in October). Canada also finished second at the Yongchuan Four Nations Tournament in January.

Voting for the 2011 BMO Canadian Players of the Year will be split evenly by Canadian media and Canadian coaches who have taken the Canadian Soccer Association’s national course at the B and A levels (including national-team coaches).

Along with the Canadian Player of the Year award, there are two additional awards that celebrate the top young prospects in Canadian soccer. Coaches from across the country will select four young stars from Canada’s World Cup squads – two Canadian U-20 Players of the Year and two Canadian U-17 Players of the Year.

The Canadian U-20 Players of the Year award is open to players eligible for the recent or upcoming FIFA U-20 World Cup events. The male U-20 nominees are born 1991 or later while the female U-20 nominees are born 1992 or later.

The Canadian U-17 Players of the Year award is open to players eligible for the recent or upcoming FIFA U-17 World Cup events. The male U-17 nominees are born 1994 or later while the female U-17 nominees are born 1995 or later.

Voting for the Canadian U-20 Players of the Year and Canadian U-17 Players of the Year awards will be split evenly by Canadian national staff coaches and all other Canadian coaches who have taken the Canadian Soccer Association’s national course at the B and A levels. Coaches will be asked to consider each nominee’s success at the international and club levels, including performances at the CONCACAF and FIFA levels as well as the national competitions such as the annual Nutrilite All Stars.

Voting will begin immediately and will conclude on Friday 9 December 2011. Voters will be asked to select three players (first place, second place and third place) in each category. All six winners will be announced during the week of 12-16 December.

Along with the three awards, the Canadian Soccer Association will host an online vote for the two canadasoccer.com Fans’ Choices. Voting for the canadasoccer.com Fans’ Choices begins later this week. Online voters will be asked to select their favourite male and favourite female Canadian soccer players.

2011 Canada Soccer player award nominees

BMO Canadian Players of the Year

Voting by Canadian media and Canadian coaches.   The award will celebrate Canada’s top-two soccer players in recognition of their 2011 achievements with both the national team and their respective club teams.

Male Nominees 
– Marcel de Jong | GER / FC Augsburg | Toronto, ON 
– Dwayne De Rosario | USA / DC United | Scarborough, ON 
– David Edgar | ENG / Burnley FC 
– André Hainault | USA / Houston Dynamo | Hudson, QC 
– Simeon Jackson | ENG / Norwich City FC | Mississauga, ON 
– Will Johnson | USA / Real Salt Lake | Toronto, ON 
– Olivier Occean | GER / SpVgg Greuther Fürth | Brossard, QC 
– Tosaint Ricketts | ROM / FC Politehnica Timişoara | Edmonton, AB 
– Josh Simpson | TUR / Vestel Manisaspor 
– other selection/ autre

Female Nominees from the Winners – Women’s national team – presented by Teck 
– Candace Chapman | USA / SkyBlue FC | Ajax, ON 
– Christina Julien | CAN / Ottawa Fury | Williamstown, ON 
– Kaylyn Kyle | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC | Saskatoon, SK 
– Karina LeBlanc | USA / SkyBlue FC | Maple Ridge, BC 
– Diana Matheson | NOR / Lillestrøm SK Kvinner | Oakville, ON 
– Kelly Parker | USA / Atlanta Beat | Saskatoon, SK 
– Sophie Schmidt | Unattached / sans club | Abbotsford, BC 
– Christine Sinclair | USA / Western New York Flash | Burnaby, BC 
– Rhian Wilkinson | NOR / Lillestrøm SK Kvinner | Baie d’Urfé, QC 
– other selection 

Canadian U-20 Players of the Year

Voting by Canadian coaches

Male Nominees (born 1991 or later) 
– Oscar Cordon | CAN / Toronto FC | Toronto, ON 
– Doneil Henry | CAN / Toronto FC | Brampton, ON 
– Jonathan Lao | GER / FC Rot-Weiß Erfurt | Markham, ON 
– Ashtone Morgan | CAN / Toronto FC | Toronto, ON 
– Matthew Stinson | CAN / Toronto FC | Toronto, ON 
– Russell Teibert | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC | Niagara Falls, ON 
– other selection

Female Nominees (born 1992 or later) 
– Rachelle Beanlands | USA / Maryland University | Ottawa, ON 
– Christine Exeter | USA / University of Louisville | Pickering, ON 
– Adriana Leon | USA / University of Notre Dame | Maple, ON 
– Amélia Pietrangelo | USA / University of Rutgers | Laval, QC 
– Jenna Richardson | USA / Oregon State University | Vancouver, BC 
– Jaclyn Sawicki | CAN / University of Vancouver | Coquitlam, BC 
– other selection

Canadian U-17 Players of the Year

Voting by Canadian coaches / Élus par les entraîneurs canadiens

Male Nominees (born 1994 or later) 
– Bryce Alderson | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC | Kitchener, ON 
– Keven Aleman | ESP / Real Valladolid | Brampton, ON 
– Maxime Crépeau | CAN / Académie Impact Montréal | Candiac, QC 
– Luca Gasparotto | SCO / Glasgow Rangers | Ajax, ON 
– Samuel Piette | FRA / FC Metz | Le Gardeur, QC 
– Daniel Stanese | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps Residency | Pitt Meadows, BC 
– other selection

Female Nominees (born 1995 or later) 
– Summer Clarke | CAN / Richmond Red Hot Selects U-16 | Richmond, BC 
– Ashley Lawrence | CAN / Erin Mills Mighty Eagles U-16 | Caledon East, ON 
– Amandine Pierre-Louis | CAN / St-Leonard | Montréal, QC 
– Nichelle Prince | CAN / Pickering SC | Ajax, ON 
– Larisa Staub | CAN / Angels SWU | Edmonton, AB 
– other selection

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