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MLS announces 2012 Awards Finalists, RSL not represented

15 November 12:58 pm

MLS announces 2012 Awards Finalists, RSL not represented

By Sam Stejskal

No member of the Real Salt Lake organization was included on the list of 2012 MLS Award Finalists announced by the league on Thursday morning.

This is the first time since the 2009 MLS Cup winning season that RSL hasn’t had a player or coach nominated for an end-of-season award.

RSL goalkeeper Nick Rimando was perhaps the team’s most surprising snub, not making the finalist list for Goalkeeper of the Year despite registering 16 wins, 13 shutouts and a 1.03 goals against average in the MLS regular season.

The awards will be released throughout a 10-day period starting on Nov. 19 with the reveal of Xbox Fair Play Individual & Team of the Year, and Rookie of the Year awards before ending with the announcement of the AT&T Goal of the Year, MLS Save of the Year, and Volkswagen Most Valuable Player award on Nov. 29.

The full list of Award Finalists is below:

Rookie of the Year Finalists
Austin Berry (Chicago Fire)
Nick DeLeon (D.C. United)
Darren Mattocks (Vancouver Whitecaps FC)

Xbox Individual Fair Play Finalists*
Ante Jazic (Chivas USA)
Logan Pause (Chicago Fire)
Heath Pearce (New York Red Bulls)

Xbox Team Fair Play Finalists*
Chicago Fire
Houston Dynamo
New England Revolution

Defender of the Year Finalists
Victor Bernardez (San Jose Earthquakes)
Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City)
Aurelien Collin (Sporting Kansas City)

MLS W.O.R.K.S. Humanitarian of the Year Finalists
Kei Kamara (Sporting Kansas City)
Michael Lahoud (Philadelphia Union)
Chris Seitz (FC Dallas)

Referee of the Year Finalists
Silviu Petrescu
Baldomero Toledo
Armando Villarreal

Assistant Referee of the Year Finalists
Ian Anderson
Gregory Barkey
Corey Parker

Coach of the Year Finalists
Ben Olsen (D.C. United)
Peter Vermes (Sporting Kansas City)
Frank Yallop (San Jose Earthquakes)

Comeback Player of the Year Finalists
Alan Gordon (San Jose Earthquakes)
Eddie Johnson (Seattle Sounders FC)
Chris Pontius (D.C. United)

Allstate Goalkeeper of the Year Finalists
Michael Gspurning (Seattle Sounders FC)
Dan Kennedy (Chivas USA)
Jimmy Nielsen (Sporting Kansas City)

Newcomer of the Year Finalists
Victor Bernardez (San Jose Earthquakes)
Michael Gspurning (Seattle Sounders FC)
Federico Higuain (Columbus Crew)

Volkswagen Most Valuable Player Finalists
Thierry Henry (New York Red Bulls)
Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)
Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)