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2009 Best of Awards

Finalists Named for 2009 Best of U.S. Soccer Awards

  • Twelve Categories Set to be Decided By Fan Voting on
  • Voting Continues Until Dec. 13
  • 2009 Athlete of the Year Nominees to be Announced Later This Week on  

CHICAGO (Nov. 24, 2009) — U.S. Soccer has announced the finalists for the 2009 Best of U.S. Soccer awards and voting for the 12 categories begins today on 

The eighth 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 Sunday, Dec. 13, in the Community section of For certain categories, voters will be able to watch videos and view photos as they relive some of the best moments of 2009. Users can discuss the merits and faults of the various nominees in the forums. 

The 2009 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 thereafter (vote now).  

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 Photo awards became finalists. 

It has been an amazing year for all U.S. Soccer teams, with great goals and memorable performances all around. After debuting last year in the Best Goal category, the U.S. Soccer Development Academy gets its own platform this time around with Best Academy Story. 

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 2009 Best of U.S. Soccer Awards
Best Academy Story
Best Assist
Best Clutch Moment
Best Fan Photo
Best Goal
Best Performance: Player
Best Performance: Team
Best Photo
Best Soccer Bar
Best Soccer Blog
Best Soccer Specialty Store
Best Video 

Click here for all the nominees and to vote.