MLS announces 2010 Awards finalists

MLS announces 2010 Awards finalists

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MLS announces 2010 Awards finalists

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By TRAVIS CLARK

On the eve of the beginning of the 2010 MLS Playoffs, the finalists of the regular season awards were announced.

A strong week for Chris Wondolowski continued, as the San Jose Earthquakes striker was one of three finalists for the MVP. He'll have to best FC Dallas playmaker David Ferreira and Los Angeles striker Edson Buddle for the award.

Andy Najar, Tim Ream and Danny Mwanga were named the three finalists for the Rookie of the Year, while playoff foes Jason Kreis and Schellas Hyndman will contest the Coach of the Year award along with Red Bulls coach Hans Backe.

The awards will be handed out starting November 3, running all the way up to the week before MLS Cup in Toronto.

Here's a complete look at the finalists:

Goalkeeper of the Year:

Kevin Hartman (FC Dallas)
Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
Donovan Ricketts (Los Angeles Galaxy)

Fair Play:

CJ Brown (Chicago Fire)
Sebastian Le Toux (Philadelphia Union)
Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)

MLS W.O.R.K.S. Humanitarian of the Year:

Brian Ching (Houston Dynamo)
Jimmy Conrad (Kansas City Wizards)
Seth Stammler (New York Red Bulls)

Referee of the Year:

Mark Geiger
Kevin Stott
Baldomero Toledo

Comeback Player of the Year:

Brek Shea (FC Dallas)
Bobby Convey (San Jose Earthquakes)
Chris Albright (New York Red Bulls)

Defender of the Year:

Jamison Olave (Real Salt Lake)
Nat Borchers (Real Salt Lake)
Omar Gonzalez (Los Angeles Galaxy)

Rookie of the Year:

Andy Najar (D.C. United)
Tim Ream (New York Red Bulls)
Danny Mwanga (Philadelphia Union)

Coach of the Year:

Hans Backe (New York Red Bulls)
Schellas Hyndman (FC Dallas)
Jason Kreis (Real Salt Lake)

Newcomer of the Year:

Joel Lindpere (New York Red Bulls)
Thierry Henry (New York Red Bulls)
Alvaro Saborio (Real Salt Lake)

MVP:

Edson Buddle (Los Angeles Galaxy)
David Ferreira (FC Dallas)
Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)

Who do you think was snubbed? Who do you want to see win?

Share your thoughts below.

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