- Fans Can Submit Their Nominees for Best Bar, Blog, Soccer Specialty Store and Fan Costume by Nov. 19
- Ninth Annual Awards Highlight the Moments of 2010 that Captured the Imagination of U.S. Soccer Fans
CHICAGO (Nov. 8, 2010) â€“ After a memorable and historic year for U.S. Soccer, highlighted by the success of the Men's National Team during the FIFA World Cup in South Africa, fans have the opportunity to determine the best moments by participating in the 2010 Best of U.S. Soccer Awards. The popular annual series, now in its ninth year, kicks off today with a fan nomination period for four of the 12 accolades that will be handed out in December. Fans can submit their nominees for the four categories until Friday, Nov. 19, on ussoccer.com
The four nomination categories include Best Soccer Bar, Best Soccer Blog, Best Soccer Specialty Store and Best Fan Costume, where fans are asked to post personal photos that have the chance to be chosen as a nominee. During the nomination process, ussoccer.com is calling on national team supporters to make their voices heard by submitting their favorites and discussing the nominations in the forums on ussoccer.com as well as on various social media outlets.
Fans who want to provide a personal photo for Best Fan Costume can do so by posting pictures on the Best of U.S. Soccer Forum on ussoccer.com, adding a photo to U.S. Soccer's Facebook page or tweeting a photo to U.S. Soccer. Participants will be able to follow along throughout the 2010 â€œBest ofâ€ Awards by leaving comments and keeping track of the latest voting news and developments on ussoccer.com
In a whirlwind year, the U.S. captured a first place finish in group play at the FIFA World Cup for the first time in 80 years, and the teamâ€™s dramatic performances garnered record television ratings for the ESPN and Univision and captured the imagination of millions of Americans. The MNT's exploits in South Africa are sure to dominate this year's awards ballot.
There were also important contributions to the year from the Women's National Team, who defeated Germany twice and hoisted the Algarve Cup; Youth National Teams, including an appearance at the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup; as well as the U.S. Soccer Development Academy, which wrapped up its third season in July.
The full list of categories will be announced on Monday, Nov. 22, and fans will have nearly three weeks to vote. During that time fans around the country can review nominees, watch video and decide which entrant they deem most worthy of the prize. Winners of the 2010 Best of U.S. Soccer Awards will be announced in the middle of December on ussoccer.com.Â
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Voting for U.S. Soccer's Athletes of the Year will also begin on Nov. 22, allowing fans to vote for the most deserving player during the same period as general voting for the â€œBest ofâ€ Awards. As in years past, votes registered at ussoccer.com will be tallied and equivalent to 50 percent of the votes, while the other 50 percent will be represented by votes compiled from members of the media and U.S. Soccer representatives. Last year, Landon Donovan and Hope Solo were honored as the 2009 U.S. Soccer Male and Female Athletes of the Year, respectively.
2010 Best of U.S. Soccer Awards
1. Best Soccer Bar
This award goes to the best Official U.S. Soccer Bar in the United States. Featured on ESPN and in a YouTube video (LINK) watched by millions, fans went to these bars because they were the best spot to follow the U.S. National Team during the successful trip to South Africa.
2. Best Soccer Specialty Store
This award goes to the best store to purchase all things soccer, from the latest cleats you use to instill fear in the hearts of defenders in your rec league, to that that Clint Dempsey jersey you wore for 30 straight days in June.
3. Best Soccer Blog
The internet abounds with countless soccer blogs covering every aspect of the sport on a daily basis. Bloggers have made their presence felt, covering the many exploits of U.S. National Teams while engaging fans with original and thoughtful content. Which soccer blog do you read most often?
4. Best Fan Costume
U.S. Soccer fans have made their presence felt in 2010, whether crossing the country to catch a national team game or traversing the globe to see the USA compete in the FIFA World Cup. You screamed and sang and you also dressed in outrageous costumes. We want to see pictures of in your best gameday outfit.
Nomination and Voting Schedule
Date*Â Â Â Â Â Information
Nov. 8Â Â Â Â Â Fan Nomination period begins
Nov. 19Â Â Fan nomination period ends
Nov. 22Â Â Voting begins
*Dates subject to change