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Finalists Named for 2008 'Best of U.S. Soccer' Awards

CHICAGO (Nov. 17, 2008) – U.S. Soccer has announced the finalists for the 2008 “Best of U.S. Soccer” awards and voting for the 12 categories begins today on

The seventh annual series, presented by Soccer America, the No. 1 soccer magazine in the United States, 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 Monday, Dec. 8, on’s “Best of U.S. Soccer” blog page.

The 2008 “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 shortly after (vote now).

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

It’s been an amazing year for all U.S. Soccer teams, with great goals and memorable performances all around. For the first time ever, the Best Goal category, presented by Sierra Mist, will include an award for the best goal from the inaugural season from the U.S. Soccer Development Academy Finals Week.

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.

2008 “Best of U.S. Soccer” Awards
Best all_access Video
Best Assist
Best Fan Photo
Best Goal (MNT)
Best Goal (WNT)
Best Goal (Academy)
Best Performance (Player)
Best Performance (Team)
Best Photo
Best Soccer Bar
Best Soccer Blog
Best Soccer Specialty Store

Click here for all the nominees and to vote.