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2010 Best Of U.S. Soccer

Finalists Named for 2010 Best of U.S. Soccer Awards

  • Best South Africa Moment Brought to You by Budweiser Headlines a Ballot with 12 Categories Set to be Decided By Fan Voting on
  • Voting Continues Until Dec. 10
  • 2010 Athlete of the Year Nominees to be Announced Later This Week on

CHICAGO (Nov. 22, 2010) — U.S. Soccer has announced the finalists for the 2010 Best of U.S. Soccer awards and voting for the 12 categories begins today on The 2010 Best of U.S. Soccer Awards will be decided entirely by online fan votes submitted over the next three weeks, and the winners will be announced in mid-December.

The ninth annual series gives fans the opportunity to make their selections for the best in soccer in the United States. Fans can vote once a day from now until Friday Dec. 10, on For certain categories, voters will be able to refresh their memories with videos and photos as they relive some of the best moments of 2010.

In a memorable and historic year for U.S. Soccer, Best South Africa Moment Brought to You by Budweiser asks fans to choose their favorite memory from the team's dramatic run at the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The MNT's exploits in the Rainbow Nation understandably dominate this year's ballot and there's also an MNT connection in Best Academy Story for the second year running.

As with previous years, fans across the country were called on to nominate finalists for four of the twelve categories. During the past three weeks, the most popular choices for Best Soccer Bar, Best Soccer Specialty Store, Best Soccer Blog, and Best Fan Costume awards became finalists.

U.S. Soccer received a record number of submissions over the course of the nomination period, with fans contributing their thoughts in the forums, by tweeting U.S. Soccer and posting on the Official U.S. Soccer Page on Facebook.

In addition to voting for the Best of U.S. Soccer Awards, fans will also have the chance to vote daily for the prestigious Athlete of the Year awards, which will be announced later this week.

Categories for 2010 Best of U.S. Soccer Awards
Best South Africa Moment Brought to You by Budweiser
Best Academy Story
Best Assist
Best Fan Costume
Best Goal
Best Performance: Player
Best Performance: Team
Best Photo
Best Soccer Bar
Best Soccer Blog
Best Soccer Specialty Store
Best Studio 90 Feature