MLS announces finalists for 2013 awards

Major League Soccer today announced the finalists for its 2013 awards. Photo: Robbie Keane in the MVP running (Associated Press)

WASHINGTON, Nov. 19, 2013 — Major League Soccer on Wednesday announced the finalists for its 2013 awards. The winners for each award will be revealed in the coming weeks, with the MLS MVP named on Dec. 5.

Most Valuable Player Finalists


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Marco DiVaio (Montreal Impact)

Robbie Keane (LA Galaxy)

Mike Magee (Chicago Fire)

Defender of the Year Finalists


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Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City)

Jose Goncalves (New England Revolution)

Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy) 

Coach of the Year Finalists

Jason Kreis (Real Salt Lake)

Mike Petke (New York Red Bulls)

Caleb Porter (Portland Timbers)

Rookie of the Year Finalists

Deshorn Brown (Colorado Rapids)

Dillon Powers (Colorado Rapids)

DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC)

Goalkeeper of the Year Finalists

Jimmy Nielsen (Sporting Kansas City)

Donovan Ricketts (Portland Timbers)

Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)

Comeback Player of the Year Finalists

Kevin Alston (New England Revolution)

Conor Casey (Philadelphia Union)

Lamar Neagle (Seattle Sounders FC)

Newcomer of the Year Finalists

Jose Goncalves (New England Revolution)

Nigel Reo-Coker (Vancouver Whitecaps FC)

Diego Valeri (Portland Timbers)

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 and minutes played, as well as subjective evaluation of sportsmanlike behavior.

Team Fair Play Finalists*

Houston Dynamo

LA Galaxy

Vancouver Whitecaps FC 

*Selected by MLS based on objective criteria such as fewest fouls committed, cards received and on subjective evaluation of sportsmanlike behavior. 

MLS WORKS Humanitarian of the Year Finalists

Jeb Brovsky (Montreal Impact)

Dwayne De Rosario (D.C. United)

Matt Reis (New England Revolution) 

Referee of the Year Finalists

Ismail Elfath

Hilario Grajeda

Baldomero Toledo 

Assistant Referee of the Year Finalists

Frank Anderson

Bill Dittmar

Kermit Quisenberry   

Awards Announcements Schedule:

Schedule subject to change

November 25: Rookie of the Year, 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: Goalkeeper of the Year and Newcomer of the Year

December 5: Goal of the Year, MLS Save of the Year and MLS MVP

The finalists, 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) and media members who covered MLS regularly in 2013 

This season’s most outstanding individual plays will be honored on Thursday, Dec. 5 when the Goal of the Year and the Save of the Year are announced. The awards announcements conclude on Thursday, Dec. 5 with the unveiling of the 2013 MLS Most Valuable Player.

John Haydon wrote a weekly soccer column for The Washington Times for 20 years. He has covered two World Cups and written about Major League Soccer from the league’s inception in 1996.

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John Haydon has covered soccer for The Washington Times for two decades. He has reported on international soccer events in Germany, South Korea and Spain. John hails from Birmingham, England and has lived in the Washington D.C. region for over twenty years.  

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