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Major League Soccer has announced the finalists for its 2014 awards. The winners of each award will be revealed in the coming weeks.
2014 MLS Awards finalists announced
11/20/2014
 
Oct 4, 2014; Carson, CA, USA; Los Angeles Galaxy forward Robbie Keane (7) and Los Angeles Galaxy forward Landon Donovan (10) celebrate after he scores a goal against Toronto FC during the first half at StubHub Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

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.  



Awards announcement dates:


November 24: AT&T Rookie of the Year, Xbox Fair Play Individual and Team of the Year

November 25: 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, Comeback Player of the Year and MLS Best XI

December 3: Allstate Goalkeeper of the Year, Newcomer of the Year and Volkswagen MLS MVP

December 4: AT&T Goal of the Year, MLS Save of the Year

volkswagen most valuable player finalists:

Robbie Keane (LA Galaxy)

Nov 9, 2014; Carson, CA, USA; Los Angeles Galaxy forward Robbie Keane (7) celebrates after scoring a goal on a forward Landon Donovan (10) assist during the first half against the Real Salt Lake at StubHub Center. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Obafemi Martins (Seattle Sounders FC)

Oct 25, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Sounders FC forward Obafemi Martins (9) during pre game warm ups prior to the game against the Los Angeles Galaxy at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

Lee Nguyen (New England Revolution)

Nov 9, 2014; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Revolution midfielder/forward Lee Nguyen (24) controls the ball during the second half of New England's 3-1 win over the Columbus Crew at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

AT&T rookie of the year finalists

Tesho Akindele (FC Dallas)

Nov 10, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; FC Dallas midfielder Tesho Akindele (13) and Seattle Sounders FC defender DeAndre Yedlin (17) go for the ball during the second half at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Steven Birnbaum (D.C. United)


Jun 17, 2014; Rochester, NY, USA; D.C. United defender Steven Birnbaum (15) walks off the field after being ejected following a second yellow card against the Rochester Rhinos during the second half at Sahlen's Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Harrison Shipp (Chicago Fire)

Aug 10, 2014; Bridgeview, IL, USA; Chicago Fire forward Harrison Shipp (19) kicks the ball during the first half against the New York Red Bulls at Toyota Park. chicago won 1-0. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

OTHER  FINALISTS

Defender of the Year Finalists:

Bobby Boswell (D.C. United)

Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy)

Chad Marshall (Seattle Sounders FC)


Coach of the Year Finalists:

Gregg Berhalter (Columbus Crew SC)

Ben Olsen (D.C. United)

Sigi Schmid (Seattle Sounders FC)

Comeback Player of the Year Finalists:

Charlie Davies (New England Revolution)

Stefan Frei (Seattle Sounders FC)

Rodney Wallace (Portland Timbers)


Allstate Goalkeeper of the Year Finalists:

Steve 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 Finalists:

Diego 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 Union

Real 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 Finalists:

Mark Geiger

Jair Marrufo

Alan Kelly


Assistant Referee of the Year Finalists:

Peter Manikowski

Paul Scott

Adam Wienckowski

Source: MLS Communications
 
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