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MLS announces awards finalists

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Landon Donovan, Shalrie Joseph and Jeff Cunningham are the finalists for MLS MVP honors and just three of the MLS players identified as finalists for season-ending awards by Major League Soccer.

Donovan is one of several members of the Los Angeles Galaxy to be selected as finalists for honors. Goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts, defender Omar Gonzalez and head coach Bruce Arena are all strong candidates to bring home awards this month.

The Seattle Sounders have the most awards finalists, with four players and head coach Sigi Schmid all in the running for awards.

Here is a rundown of all the awards finalists:

GOALKEEPER OF THE YEAR

Kasey Keller – Seattle Sounders FC
Donovan Ricketts – Los Angeles Galaxy
Zach Thornton – Chivas USA 

FAIR PLAY AWARD

Kasey Keller – Seattle Sounders FC
Pat Onstad – Houston Dynamo
Steve Ralston – New England Revolution 
 
COMEBACK PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Brian McBride – Chicago Fire
Ben Olsen – D.C. United
Zach Thornton – Chivas USA 
 
DEFENDER OF THE YEAR

Geoff Cameron – Houston Dynamo
Jhon Kennedy Hurtado – Seattle Sounders FC
Chad Marshall – Columbus Crew 
 
REFEREE OF THE YEAR

Alex Prus
Ricardo Salazar
Kevin Stott 
 
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

Stefan Frei – Toronto FC
Omar Gonzalez – Los Angeles Galaxy
Chris Pontius – D.C. United  
 
COACH OF THE YEAR

Bruce Arena – Los Angeles Galaxy
Sigi Schmid – Seattle Sounders FC
Robert Warzycha – Columbus Crew 
 
NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR

Kasey Keller – Seattle Sounders FC
Freddie Ljungberg – Seattle Sounders FC
Fredy Montero – Seattle Sounders FC 
 
MOST VALUABLE PLAYER

Jeff Cunningham – FC Dallas
Landon Donovan – Los Angeles Galaxy
Shalrie Joseph – New England Revolution

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What do you think of these finalists? Anybody a glaring omission? Who do you see winning the awards?

Share your thoughts below.

57 comments
  • Rory

    Newcomer of the year should be whoever is wearing that Jeff Cunningham costume in FC Dallas.

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  • Evan Whitney

    Have to give my nod towards Shalrie Joseph for MVP although I think the likelihood is great that Landon Donovan will receive it.

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  • Shank

    I could win coach of the year if I got my pick of the entire team of players too. Sigi should try to coach the team for a few years before he gets put in the running for that crap. I begrudgingly have to say Bruce for coach of the year.

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  • Charlie

    I think shalrie should win MVP, but I think donovan will. As for omissions, Steve Bicol for coach of the year, & matt reis for keeper of the year. Neither would win it, but both deserve to be nominated.

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  • ian

    How is Pat Onstad in consideration for fair play? Anyone watch Houston vs. Seattle last Thursday?

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  • Jon

    Of this year’s rookies, Kevin Alston will get a USMNT call-up before any of the ROY nominees.

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