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Nominations Being Accepted in Four Categories for 2009 Best of U.S. Soccer Awards

CHICAGO (Nov. 3, 2009) – The 2009 Best of U.S. Soccer Awards kick off today with a nomination period for four of the 12 awards that will be handed out in December. Now in its eighth year, the annual series provides fans the opportunity to submit their nominees for the four categories until Friday, Nov. 20 on

The four nomination categories include Best Soccer Bar, Best Soccer Blog, Best Soccer Specialty Store and Best Fan Photo, where fans are asked to post personal photos that have the chance to be chosen as a nominee. During the nomination process is calling on national team supporters to make their voices heard by submitting their favorites and discussing the nominations in the forums on

Fans who want to provide a personal photo for Best Fan Photo can do so by posting pictures on the Best of U.S. Soccer Forum on Participants will be able to follow along throughout the 2009 “Best of” Awards by leaving comments and keeping abreast of the latest voting news and developments on

The full list of awards will be announced on Monday, Nov. 23 and winners will be decided by a period of fan voting in which soccer fans around the country can review nominees, watch video and decide which entrant they deem most worthy of the prize. General voting in all the categories (which will be announced at a later date) will open on Monday, Nov. 23, and fans will have nearly three weeks to vote. The winners of the 2009 Best of U.S. Soccer Awards will be announced shortly thereafter on

Voting for U.S. Soccer's Athletes of the Year will also begin on Nov. 23, allowing fans to vote for the most deserving player during the same period as general voting for the “Best of” Awards. As in years past, votes registered at 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, Tim Howard and Carli Lloyd won the 2008 U.S. Soccer Male and Female Athletes of the Year, respectively.

2009 Best of U.S. Soccer Awards
Nomination Categories

1. Best Soccer Bar
This award goes to the best Official U.S. Soccer Bar in the United States. Fans went here because it was the best spot to view a U.S. National Team game in one of the most memorable years of all time. This bar was the spot to be for a U.S. National Team game, whether you were taking a “long lunch” to catch a game during the Confederations Cup, or packing the bar to the gills during a memorable World Cup qualifier. NOMINATE | DISCUSS

2. Best Soccer Specialty Store
This award honors the best all-around store to buy all things soccer, from the latest Nike cleats for your weekend league to that Carlos Bocanegra national team jersey you wore during every game this year. NOMINATE | DISCUSS

3. Best Soccer Blog
Countless soccer blogs are on the information superhighway, but which is the one you click first when you get into the office in the morning? NOMINATE | DISCUSS

4. Best Fan Photo
U.S. Soccer fans have come out in droves in 2009, whether following the U.S. teams around the country or traveling far and wide to catch a game. You brought your cameras too, and now we want to see the best you have to offer. NOMINATE | DISCUSS

Nomination and Voting Schedule
Nov. 3
Fan nomination period begins
Nov. 20
Fan nomination period ends
Nov. 23
Voting begins