Nominees Anounced for 2010 Canadian Soccer Player Awards

The Canadian Soccer Association announced today the list of nominees for its 2010 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 Canadian Players of the Year award. The award will celebrate Canada’s top-two soccer players in recognition of their 2010 achievements with both the national team and their respective club teams.

In 2010, Canada’s men’s national team posted one win, two draws and three losses. It lost to two-time FIFA World Cup champion Argentina in May, but came back with a big 2:1 win over CONCACAF rival Honduras on 30 September. It closed out the season with a strong performance against Ukraine, a 2:2 draw in Kyiv on 8 October.

On the women’s side, Canada won both the Cyprus Women’s Cup and the CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifier, thus qualifying for a fifth-consecutive FIFA Women’s World Cup. Like the men, it posted a big victory on home soil – a 3:1 victory over China PR at BMO Field in Toronto.

Voting for the 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 current or upcoming FIFA U-20 World Cup events. The male U-20 nominees are born 1989 or later while the female U-20 nominees are born 1990 or later. The Canadian women’s U-20 team has Winners as its title sponsor.

The Canadian U-17 Players of the Year award is open to players eligible for the current or upcoming FIFA U-17 World Cup events. The male U-17 nominees are born 1992 or later while the female U-17 nominees are born 1993 or later. The title sponsor for both the Canadian men’s U-17 team and Canadian women’s U-17 team is BMO Financial Group.

Voting for the Canadian Youth (U-20) Players of the Year and Canadian Junior (U-17) Players of the Year will be split evenly by Canadian national-team 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 FIFA World Cups and at the BMO National Championships.

Voting will begin immediately and will conclude on Friday 10 December 2010. 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 13-17 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 on 1 December 2010. Online voters will be asked to select their favourite male and favourite female Canadian soccer players.

The 2010 nominees

Canadian Players of the Year

Male Nominees from the Men’s national team

– Nana Attakora – CAN / Toronto FC – North York, ON

– Adrian Cann – CAN / Toronto FC – Thornhill, ON

– Dwayne De Rosario – CAN / Toronto FC – Scarborough, ON

– Atiba Hutchinson – NED / PSV Eindhoven – Brampton, ON

– Simeon Jackson – ENG / Norwich City FC – Mississauga, ON

– Will Johnson – USA / Real Salt Lake – Toronto, ON

– Josh Simpson – TUR / TUR / Vestel Manisaspor – Victoria, BC

– Adam Straith – GER / FC Energie Cottbus – Victoria, BC

Female Nominees from the Winners – Women’s national team – presented by Teck

– Josée Bélanger – CAN / Amiral de Québec – Coaticook, QC

– Jonelle Filigno – USA / Rutgers University – Mississauga, ON

– Kaylyn Kyle – CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC – Saskatoon, SK

– Diana Matheson – NOR / Lillestrøm SK Kvinner – Oakville, ON

– Marie-Eve Nault – CAN / Ottawa Fury – Trois-Rivières, QC

– Sophie Schmidt – CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC – Abbotsford, BC

– Christine Sinclair – Unattached / Sans Club – Burnaby, BC

– Melissa Tancredi – CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC – Ancaster, ON

– other selection/ autre

Canadian U-20 Players of the Year

Voting by Canadian coaches

Male Nominees (born 1989 or later) from the Men’s U-20 team

– Ethan Gage – CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC – Cochrane, AB

– Jaineil Hoilett – GER / FSV Mainz’05 – Brampton, ON

– Julien Latendresse Lévesque – GER / FC Energie Cottbus – Chambly, QC

– Nicholas Lindsay – CAN / Toronto FC Academy – Brampton, ON

– Ashtone Morgan – CAN / Toronto FC Academy – Toronto, ON

– Russell Teibert – CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC – Niagara Falls, ON

Female Nominees (born 1990 or later) from the Winners – Women’s U-20 team

– Vanessa Legault-Cordisco – USA / University of Evansville – Boisbriand, QC

– Jonelle Filigno – USA / Rutgers University – Mississauga, ON

– Frédérique Paradis – CAN / Royal-Sélect Beauport – Beauport, QC

– Amélia Pietrangelo – CAN / Comètes de Laval – Laval, QC

– Rachel Melhado – USA / University of Louisville – Brampton, ON

Canadian U-17 Players of the Year

Voting by Canadian coaches

Male Nominees (born 1992 or later) from the BMO Financial Group – Men’s U-17 team

– Bryce Alderson – CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC – Kitchener, ON

– Keven Aleman – CAN / Toronto FC Academy – Brampton, ON

– Ismaïl Benomar – CAN / Académie Impact Montréal – Laval, QC

– Marco Lapenna – CAN / Académie Impact Montréal – Montréal, QC

– Matteo Pasquotti – CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC – Lethbridge, AB

– Samuel Piette – CAN / FC Boisbriand – Le Gardeur, QC

Female Nominees (born 1993 or later) from the BMO Financial – Women’s U-17 team

– Caroline Beaulne – CAN / CS Longueuil – Longueuil, QC

– Haisha Cantave – CAN / Ottawa Fury – Orléans, ON

– Alison Clarke – CAN / WSA North Stars – Winnipeg, MB

– Sabrina D’Angelo – CAN / Toronto Lynx – Welland, ON

– Nicole Setterlund – CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC – White Rock, BC

– Diamond Simpson – CAN / Hamilton FC – Mississauga, ON

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