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Finalists Named for 2010 U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year Awards


  • Five Finalists Named for Male, Female, Young Male and Young Female Athletes of the Year 
  • Fans Can Cast Their Votes Once A Day from Now until Dec. 10 
  • 2010 Best of U.S. Soccer Awards Balloting also Ongoing until Dec. 10

CHICAGO (Nov. 24, 2010) — The finalists for each of the four prestigious U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year Awards – Male, Female, Young Male and Young Female – have been announced by the sport’s governing body in the United States.

With the announcement, voting for the annual U.S. Soccer awards begins today on ussoccer.com, with fans having the opportunity to make their selections for each of the four Athlete of the Year categories once a day from now until Dec. 10.

The U.S. Soccer Male and Female Athletes of the Year awards are the oldest and most prestigious awards of their kind, dating back to 1984 for the men and 1985 for the women, while the Young Male and Young Female awards were added in 1998.

The finalists for each award were nominated on the basis of: a) competing and excelling at the highest level (both at the national team and professional level) during the calendar year; b) exhibiting decorum on and off the field that reflects well on U.S. Soccer; and c) contributing toward the growth, development, credibility and popularization of soccer in the USA. A player can only win a Young Athlete award once in his or her career. 

Online votes for the annual award are equivalent to 50 percent of the total votes. As in years past, the other 50 percent will be represented by votes compiled from members of the national media and U.S. Soccer representatives (from national team coaches to the National Board of Directors).

In addition to voting for the annual U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year Awards, fans can also vote daily for the ninth annual edition of the Best of U.S. Soccer awards until the Dec. 10 deadline. The 2010 Best of U.S. Soccer Awards span 12 categories in a diverse ballot that includes Best South Africa Moment Brought to You by Budweiser. The winners of the 2010 Best of U.S. Soccer awards are decided entirely by online fan votes submitted during the next few weeks. 

U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year Finalists
Shannon Boxx, Midfielder
Rachel Buehler, Defender 
Amy LePeilbet, Defender
Amy Rodriguez, Forward
Abby Wambach, Forward

U.S. Soccer Male Athlete of the Year Finalists
Carlos Bocanegra, Defender
Michael Bradley, Midfielder
Steve Cherundolo, Defender
Clint Dempsey, Midfielder
Landon Donovan, Midfielder 

U.S. Soccer Young Female Athlete of the Year Finalists
Morgan Brian, Midfielder
Crystal Dunn, Defender
Bianca Henninger, Goalkeeper
Sydney Leroux, Forward
Christen Press, Forward

U.S. Soccer Young Male Athlete of the Year Finalists
Gale Agbossoumonde, Defender
Zac MacMath, Goalkeeper 
Alessandro Mion, Defender
Dillon Powers, Midfielder
Andrew Souders, Defender 

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