2010 Best Of U.S. Soccer Awards Conclude With Announcement of Final Four Winners
- U.S. Soccer Reveals Winners for Best Assist, Best Soccer Bar, Best Soccer Blog and Best Studio 90 Feature
- ussoccer.comâ€™s Studio 90 Interviews Men's National Team Forward Jozy Altidore about His Award-Winning Assist
- 2010 Athletes of the Year to be Announced on Monday, Dec. 20
CHICAGO (Dec. 16, 2010) â€” U.S. Soccer has announced the final four winners of the 2010 Best of U.S. Soccer Awards. The winners of Best Assist, Best Soccer Bar, Best Soccer Blog and Best Studio 90 Feature were presented on Studio 90, concluding three days of awards announcements by ussoccer.com.
The ninth annual installment of the Best of U.S. Soccer Awards was decided entirely by fan ballots cast from Nov. 22 to Dec. 10 on ussoccer.com.
U.S. Soccer fans voted Jozy Altidoreâ€™s assist to Michael Bradley in the 82nd minute of the U.S. MNTâ€™s World Cup game against Slovenia on June 18 as the Best Assist of 2010. The assist, which earned 37 percent of the vote, and eventual goal, helped the U.S. equalize the game 2-2 and continue on their World Cup run in South Africa. Coming in second place with 23 percent of the vote was Mikkel Diskerudâ€™s chip into the path of Juan Agudelo. The deft piece of skill produced a game-winning goal for the U.S. MNT on Nov. 17 against South Africa. Third place for Best Assist went to Jermaine Jones for providing a perfectly weighted ball for Jozy Altidore on Oct. 9 in Jonesâ€™ U.S. national team debut against Poland (13 percent).
â€œI want to thank the fans and everybody who voted for me,â€ said Altidore speaking on ussoccer.comâ€™s Studio 90 from his home in Spain where he accepted the award for Best Assist. â€œThis award means a lot to me, especially since the goal was in the World Cup. It's really exciting.â€
â€œWe were trying to get a goal from anybody, and I thought the mentality of the team was pretty good,â€ continued Altidore while describing the match against Slovenia. â€œIt was amazing how we were able to come back in that game, and we all learned a lot about each other that night.â€
Fans went to Official U.S. Soccer Bars in 2010 because they were the best spots to follow the U.S. National Team during the successful trip to South Africa, and voted on which bar provided the best atmosphere to cheer for the U.S. Taking the top honor for the first time was Small Bar in Chicago with 22 percent of the vote. Small Bar, with multiple locations in the Windy City, has made a big impact on the soccer scene in Chicago and recently hosted U.S. MNT Captain Carlos Bocanegra for a Studio 90 taping at its location on Division Street. Coming in second with 20 percent of the vote was Oâ€™Brienâ€™s Pub in San Diego, an established destination for soccer fans in Southern California. Rounding out the top three Best Soccer Bars was a bar nicknamed â€œThe Churchâ€ by its regular patrons and a perennial Best Bar nominee, Nevada Smithâ€™s in New York City (13 percent).
Introduced in 2007, Best Soccer Blog has fast become one of the most popular categories in the Best of U.S. Soccer Awards. This year was no different, with a spirited nomination and voting process spanning the better part of the last two months. Despite the competition, Soccer by Ives again took the top spot with 30 percent of the vote, marking a hat trick for the New Jersey-based blogger Ives Galarcep. The award for second place went to first-time nominee Dirty Tackle (24 percent). The site hosted by Yahoo! is a one-stop shop for soccer news from across the world. The WNT Blog hosted by ussoccer.com was voted to third place in the standings (10 percent), marking the third time in a row the official blog of the U.S. Women's National Team has finished in the top three.
Taking home the top award for Best Studio 90 Feature was the behind the scenes look at Landon Donovanâ€™s experience on loan to Everton in England (18 percent). Coming in second with 16 percent of the vote was Daily Show correspondent John Oliverâ€™s visit to the U.S. MNT at Princeton during the team's pre-World Cup training camp where he gave his best attempt to shake up the team ahead of their match with England. Third place for Best Studio 90 Feature went to Stuart Holdenâ€™s tour of the Irene Country Lodge (15 percent), looking at the ins and outs of the USA's base camp during their stay in Irene during the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
With the 2010 Best of U.S. Soccer Awards now concluded, U.S. Soccer will announce the winners for the 2010 Athlete of the Year Awards on Monday, Dec. 20. The four awards include Male, Female, Young Male and Young Female Athletes of the Year. As the oldest and most prestigious awards of their kind, U.S. Soccerâ€™s Athlete of the Year Awards date back to 1984 for the men and 1985 for the women. As in years past, online votes for the annual award were tallied and counted for 50 percent of the total, while the remaining 50 percent was compiled from members of the national media and U.S. Soccer representatives, including national team coaches and members of the U.S. Soccer Board of Directors.
2010 Best of U.S. Soccer Results â€“ Best Assist, Best Soccer Bar, Best Soccer Blog and Best Studio 90 Feature
|1. Jozy Altidore to Michael Bradley, June 18 vs. Slovenia||38%|
|2. Mikkel Diskerud to Juan Agudelo, Nov. 17 vs. South Africa||23%|
|3. Jermaine Jones to Jozy Altidore, Oct. 9 vs. Poland||13%|
|Best Soccer Bar|
|1. Small Bar, Chicago||22%|
|2. Oâ€™Brienâ€™s Pub, San Diego||20%|
|3. Nevada Smithâ€™s, New York||13%|
|Best Soccer Blog|
|1. Soccer by Ives||30%|
|2. Dirty Tackle||24%|
|3. The WNT Blog||10%|
|Best Studio 90 Feature|
|1. The Everton Experience||18%|
|2. Behind the Scenes of The Daily Show||16%|
|3. Stuart Holdenâ€™s Hotel Tour||15%|