MLS announces 2010 Awards finalists



On the eve of the beginning of the 2010 MLS Playoffs, the finalists of the regular season awards were announced.

A strong week for Chris Wondolowski continued, as the San Jose Earthquakes striker was one of three finalists for the MVP. He'll have to best FC Dallas playmaker David Ferreira and Los Angeles striker Edson Buddle for the award.

Andy Najar, Tim Ream and Danny Mwanga were named the three finalists for the Rookie of the Year, while playoff foes Jason Kreis and Schellas Hyndman will contest the Coach of the Year award along with Red Bulls coach Hans Backe.

The awards will be handed out starting November 3, running all the way up to the week before MLS Cup in Toronto.

Here's a complete look at the finalists:

Goalkeeper of the Year:

Kevin Hartman (FC Dallas)
Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
Donovan Ricketts (Los Angeles Galaxy)

Fair Play:

CJ Brown (Chicago Fire)
Sebastian Le Toux (Philadelphia Union)
Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)

MLS W.O.R.K.S. Humanitarian of the Year:

Brian Ching (Houston Dynamo)
Jimmy Conrad (Kansas City Wizards)
Seth Stammler (New York Red Bulls)

Referee of the Year:

Mark Geiger
Kevin Stott
Baldomero Toledo

Comeback Player of the Year:

Brek Shea (FC Dallas)
Bobby Convey (San Jose Earthquakes)
Chris Albright (New York Red Bulls)

Defender of the Year:

Jamison Olave (Real Salt Lake)
Nat Borchers (Real Salt Lake)
Omar Gonzalez (Los Angeles Galaxy)

Rookie of the Year:

Andy Najar (D.C. United)
Tim Ream (New York Red Bulls)
Danny Mwanga (Philadelphia Union)

Coach of the Year:

Hans Backe (New York Red Bulls)
Schellas Hyndman (FC Dallas)
Jason Kreis (Real Salt Lake)

Newcomer of the Year:

Joel Lindpere (New York Red Bulls)
Thierry Henry (New York Red Bulls)
Alvaro Saborio (Real Salt Lake)


Edson Buddle (Los Angeles Galaxy)
David Ferreira (FC Dallas)
Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)

Who do you think was snubbed? Who do you want to see win?

Share your thoughts below.

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78 Responses to MLS announces 2010 Awards finalists

  1. Fredy Montero says:

    kevin stott newcomer of the year? absolutely laughable. and the homer in me is disappointed in the lack of any seattle candidate, although i can’t really disagree with any of the selections. maybe jeff parke at defender of the year.

  2. Greg says:

    Henry, Newcomer of the Year? I don’t think so. Did he play more than 5 games?

  3. SoundersTilIDie says:

    And the award for best fans in the MLS goes to Seattle Sounders FC! We already got one piece of hardware and we’re going for the double.

  4. C C says:

    You don’t get an award for that.

  5. Matt says:

    LOL…knowing the MLS, all the players nominated should have been from NY, LA, SEA. Glad to see all is not lost. WONDO for MVP!

  6. Mattmatumbo says:

    All are pretty tough picks. Love that there are two players from RSL up for defender of the year.

  7. Neruda says:

    Saborio = newcomer, wondo = mvp, goalkeeper = rimando, ream = rookie, convey = comeback, coach = backe or kreis, borchers or olave = defender

    no idea why henry is up for an award. maybe next year for him.

  8. Justin says:

    Kevin Stott for Referee of the Year? That’s got to be a joke, right? I mean MLS isn’t exactly known for the best refereeing but are they actively trying to encourage incompetence behind the whistle? Crikey!

  9. Matt says:

    Chad Marshall for Defender and Javi Morales for MVP are my biggest snubs from the finalists.

  10. Mattmatumbo says:

    Javi isn’t so much for me, I mean, RSL was a true team this season. They even made Findley look not-so-bad from time to time. Which is something Donovan and the USMNT can’t cover up haha.

  11. einar says:

    how is henry nominated when marquez and milton rodriguez have done more!

  12. Hopper says:

    Kevin Stott is terrible. It’s disheartening that MLS doesn’t see that.

  13. einar says:

    goal keeper= rickets fair play = Brown comeback = convey defender = gonzalez rookie = najar coach = Backe newcomer = saborio mvp = ferreira

  14. Illmatic74 says:

    What exactly did Brek Shea come back from?

  15. Neruda says:

    rimando and RSL posted a league record on fewest goals allowed. Borchers and Olave not only played rock solid D but Brochers scored some huge goals to keep RSL’s home unbeaten streak alive. The facts point to an RSL sweep on these two awards.

  16. jonk says:

    I was just going to type that. I guess he did have surgery during his first season, but I always understood “come back” meaning coming back into great form after a down spell (either after injury or a long dip in form)

  17. 42074523489523 says:

    seriously, how about Marko Perovic? The guy carried the Revs on his back this year

  18. zacalie says:

    I hate that every year MLS has to include a “marketing” pick in at least one category. Thierry Henry nominated for newcomer of the year? Puh-lease. If they have to include a high-profile DP as one of the 3 picks, then I would argue that Marquez had a bigger impact on his club than Titi. I don’t know if NFuko qualifies as high profile, per se, but he had a bigger impact, too.

  19. Jake says:

    I’m a NYRB fan and Henry for newcomer of the year is rediculous. I’d pick Marquez over him, but I don’t think either of them belong there. As for Linpere, I think it will be a tight call between him and Saborio.

  20. ShaggyReAL says:

    Borchers for defender of the year. He is RSL’s rock. Olave is a stud but Borchers controls the line. I hope he gets it over Olave. A Real Salt Lake defender deserves to win this. Borchers>Olave>Gonzalez.

    Rimando for GK of the year. Ricketts or Hartman are jsut as deserving. I won’t be upset if Rimando doesn’t win it.

    Saborio for new comer of the year. Sabo better win it.

    Backe for coach of the year. sorry JK.

    Ferreira for MVP

    Rookie – N/A I haven’t seen enough from these players to make a valid choice.

    Comebacl – N/a

  21. Crystal Ball says:

    Saborio = newcomer
    Wondo = MVP
    Rimando = Keeper
    ream = rookie
    Convey = comeback
    coach = backe
    olave = defender

  22. Jake says:

    I think Montero should have been in the top 3 for MVP, I’d probably take out Buddle and put him in there.

  23. Tyler W. says:

    GUYS!!! LETS BE REAL!!!!

    We all know that award will go to FC Dallas!! All six of them.

    (Sarcasm by the way)

  24. WeatherManNX01 says:

    Referee of the year? Isn’t that like being the smartest guy at a village idiots convention?

  25. Crystal Ball says:

    Ferreira will not win MVP. Without him Dallas still has Cunningham, Shea, Rodriguez, and Harris. Ferreira would not have gaudy assist numbers without those guys finishing his passes. That being said, he is still insanely talented.

    Without Wondo, SJ has ??? (aside from Convey b/c he’s been playing a ton of left back).

  26. Tyler W. says:

    Goalkeeper of the Year: Donovan Ricketts (Los Angeles Galaxy)

    Fair Play: Sebastian Le Toux (Philadelphia Union)

    MLS W.O.R.K.S. Humanitarian of the Year: Jimmy Conrad (Kansas City Wizards)

    Referee of the Year: Mark Geiger (I can’t wait to see how many people will go “none” in a snarky, ignorant way.)

    Comeback Player of the Year: Bobby Convey (San Jose Earthquakes)

    Defender of the Year: Omar Gonzalez (Los Angeles Galaxy)

    Rookie of the Year: Tim Ream (New York Red Bulls)

    Coach of the Year: Jason Kreis (Real Salt Lake)

    Newcomer of the Year: I’m happy with either Lindpere or Saborio earning the honor.

    MVP: Edson Buddle (Los Angeles Galaxy)

  27. me says:

    how is Le Toux not even nominated for MVP? He was involved in some rediculous % of the Union’s goals

  28. Big Smoke says:

    Agreed, except I think Hartman has to get goalkeeper, and Ream is great, but Najar may be right on his heels… My money’s on Ream, though.

  29. Big Smoke says:

    Rimando for keeper actually may happen, on second thought. But Backe gets coach of the year, hands down.

  30. K-Town says:

    Hmm, TIm Ream, a defender up for rookie of the year, who started every game, and improved his team from last to first isn’t also up for Defender of the Year?

  31. Dan says:

    Agreed. Anyone who has gone to a Union game this year knows how incredible he has been this year. What a travesty. Maybe he didn’t deserve the MVP award, but he clearly deserved to be considered a finalist. What a shame.

  32. lablows says:

    Dear Galaxy fans, neither Buddle nor Ricketts will win their respective awards. They are very very good players, but Rimando is more deserving than Ricketts and both Ferreira and Wondo are more deserving than Buddle.

  33. defensematters says:

    Defense matters, and Le Toux does not play defense even though he is a midfielder. Philly gave up a ton of goals b/c their whole team played poor defense. It wasn’t just their back line that was poor, it was people like Le Toux as well. He did not track back enough, he did not tackle well, and he did not disrupt opposing offensive buildups.

  34. ChrisWhyte says:

    Donovan: 16 assists and 7 goals in 24 games for the 1st place team

    Ferreira: 13 assists and 8 goals in 30 games for the 4th place team

    Hmmm … Isn’t Donovan more deserving of MVP than Ferreira. I’d give co-MVPs to Donovan and Buddle, who put up amazing numbers for the 1st place team (all while missing games for World Cup duty).

    GK: Hartman

    Comeback: Convey

    Defender: Borchers or Olave

    Rookie: Ream

    Coach: Hyndman

    Newcomer: Saborio

  35. Andrew says:

    I guess I’m the only one who thinks Hydmann should be Coach of the Year.

  36. Timothy M says:

    How is Omar G. even in the picture for defender of the year. He was not great without berhalter. I dont think his rookie performance would put him in contention for this years Rookie of the Year. Le Toux should atleast be a finalist for MVP. He was Philly’s offense. I though Freddy Montero was pretty good. Maybe not MVP winner but atleast a finalist. I am also confused by Buddle, when Landon Donovan is on the team. He didnt exactly regain that hot streak.

  37. ChrisWhyte says:

    Nope ^

  38. Neruda says:

    I heard that FIFA had a referee of the year award and you’ll never guess who won: Coulibaly Koman.

  39. Joe G says:

    Geiger as ref of the year is a joke. He was one of the worst refs in the league. Toledo??????? If nothing else, he is consitently inconsistent. How is Ricardo Salazaar not on the list? That is just plain ugly.

  40. SeattleStan says:

    I think the general requirement is that the official only made 5 terrible calls that affected the outcome of the match in the season. With that stiff requirement, these were the only three.

  41. SeattleStan says:

    Reminds me of a old Flying Circus skit called “Upperclass Twit of the Year” that had such events as removing the bra off of a mannequin and shooting themselves.

  42. Brian says:

    Mark Geiger is a joke too. What about Alex Prus? I always thought he was decent.

  43. Caldwell says:

    If its any consolation, Fredy, you’d be up for some kind of “Best Two-Month Stretch of Play” award.

  44. gehrtwhr says:

    kevin scott is a terrible ref

  45. uggieqi says:

    Adrian Cann deserves newcomer of the year more than Thierry Henry.

  46. gigog8fo says:

    I meant kevin stott, but given the state of refereeing in NA there probably is a terrible ref named kevin scott

  47. Dizzo says:

    Stott? Hahahahahahahaha!!!

  48. al says:

    How is the almighty Bruce Arena not nominated?! The fix is in I tell ya!

  49. Boris says:

    Goalkeeper: Hartman
    Fairplay: LeToux
    Comeback: Convey
    Defender: Olave
    Rookie: Najar
    Coach: Backe
    Newcomer: Lindpere
    MVP: Ferreira

  50. Wally says:

    Prus is the best official in MLS, IMO. Disappointing to see him left off.

  51. Brian says:

    The Union suck. End of story. And Le Toux doesn’t play defense.

  52. Brennan says:

    And Homer of the Year goes to…

    Seriously man, RSL broke the record of fewest goals allowed in league history and you don’t think they are deserving of either keeper or defender of the year? I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see RSL win both categories.

  53. Mike S says:

    Stott for referee of the year? LOL

    That was the absolute worst ref in the league last year, jesus…

  54. Steve B says:

    I’m starting to get sick of all the RSL arrogance on this website. You are becoming just as bad as Seattle. No other team has fans that are so egotistical. You won the trophy by 1 missed penalty kick, and all of a sudden you are the best thing since sliced bread. Can’t wait until RSL gets knocked out in round 1.

    (Brennan, this is directed at fans of RSL (like you), not you specifically.)

  55. narius says:

    I agree. Defense or not, Le Toux has been nothing less than singular in the league as an offensive superpower. And his goals and assists only tell half the story, since the man stretched defenses like an armored blitz. It’s a freaking embarrassment that he’s not even mentioned.

    As for defense – Le Toux could have cloned himself and it wouldn’t have done a damned thing for that shameful tollbooth we called a defense. How Danny Califf is still Captain is a minor miracle.

  56. Brennan says:

    So let me see if I get what you are saying. I bring up a valid point to a Galaxy fan who has his own team winning Keeper of the Year and Defender of the Year over a Keeper and Defenders who broke the record for what is probably the most significant stat for players who play in defensive positions. Excuse me for sounding egotistical by bringing up facts.

  57. Brennan says:

    I would also like to add, that while I don’t speak for the majority of the RSL fanbase, I can speak on behalf of several RSL fans that I know when I say that we aren’t the way we are because of the trophy, we are the way we are because after 5 years of piss poor quality, hopelessly watching our team struggle game in and game out, we finally have something to brag about, after all these years we finally have a team to be proud of. We aren’t “egotistical” because we are the champions we are egotistical because this is the first quality season for RSL, and it happens to be an extremely good, record breaking season. I don’t know where you are from, but a successful sports team is a rarity in Utah so excuse us for making the most of what little we are rarely offered. We act this way out of excitement, and joy just how Seattle does when talking attendence figures, or US Open Cup. There is nothing wrong with being proud of what you have, especially when you can’t help but look into the ugly rear view mirror of what you had. Now I ask that you would kindly give us this moment before our team sinks back into the pool of small market mediocrity.

  58. sholata says:

    Holy Toledo for best ref? He’s not even better than Kevin Stott, who is still looking for a new seeing eye dog. this is a joke.

  59. stewy says:


  60. Lucy says:

    Henry? SERIOUSLY? So many much more deserving candidates. How many games did he actually play in? What a rip-off.

  61. HOH says:

    How can you nominate a 20 year old kid for comeback player of the year? They might as well call it the bobby convey award this year.

  62. The River End says:

    well its called playing a system and even though le toux is listed as a midfielder he is a forward/winger in nowak’s system. he started a lot of games up top and those he did not he was either an attacking center midfielder or a winger with no defensive responsibility. surely you would know this had you actually watched the union play this year.

    le toux not being nominated for MVP confirms MLS is a joke of a league. your reward for leading the league in goals+assists? the fair play award. the great thing is that le toux probably doesn’t give two cares and is most likely either training or out signing autographs this very moment. class player, deserves more credit from this league.

  63. DM says:

    henry???!!! what a joke, absolute joke

    Donovan led the league in assists for the team with the best record and he played less games

  64. Rory says:

    Saborio was the hands down best newcommer this year.

    Le Tuex or Wondo was the hands down comeback player of the year.

    What did Brek Shea come back from and who is going to vote for him following his “I’m gonna get that ref” incident after the easiest to call red card of the season?

    Who nominates these people? John Harkes?

  65. Marco says:

    I heard they were going to give away t-shirts to all the Sounders fans in recognition of their awesome home crowd atmosphere.

    Unfortunately no shirt supplier could come up with 32,000 size XXXL shirts.

  66. Rory says:

    He came back from a horrible haircut into just a bad one. But seriously, I’m glad the “Flock of Seagulls” hairdo is gone.

  67. Rory says:

    Danny Califf is proof that just because you played in Europe (especially Scandinavia) doesn’t mean you should be allowed anywhere near the USMNT camps. Remember that the next time a chorus of “Cap Joe Schmo of Viking FC” comes round!

  68. Rory says:

    No, Donovan isn’t more desrving of MVP then Ferreira. Ferreira is more important to his team whereas Donovan was very important but LA could depend on Buddle early in the season and some quality defensive play throughout. To be honest, Juninho’s play is probably more crucial to LA. When Juninho is having a good game everthing is clicking for LA, when he’s not, they’re struggling.

  69. Goat Boy says:

    There has to be a none of the above in the ref category.

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  71. Sean says:

    I don’t think Saborio can be considered a lock. Real Salt Lake was already a great team.

    For anybody that followed the Red Bulls this year, it is impossible to ignore how Lindpere was the key field player element that turned around the team. Without Lindpere, the Red Bulls would have been among the worst again.

    But, Real Salt Lake would have still been excellent without Saborio.

  72. Sean says:

    Tim Ream over Najar. Easily. Ream played every minute of every game this year and playing like a player with five more years experience than he has on a team that went from worst to first in the East.

    Glad to see Lindpere. Definitely a toss up between Saborio and Lindpere, but Lindpere gets it because he really was THE key element in the Red Bulls this year. Plus, Real Salt Lake without Saborio is still an excellent club and it’s hard to argue that he has had more impact on Real Salt Lake than Joel Lindpere has had on New York.

    Convey, yes.
    Ferreira, yes.

    Coach? I don’t know. Maybe has to go to Kreis because when they won MLS Cup last year, most people thought they didn’t deserve it. Not only did he prove us all wrong, he has proved that Real has an excellent team and organization and is committed to winning in international tournaments as well.

    Backe is awesome, but he is also a product of the wizardry of Erik Soler. They have been a team and while I do think what they’ve done is equally as impressive, I think Kreis could arguably deserve it more. They don’t have the budget that Red Bull has.

    That’s not a knock against Red Bull. They’ve created something truly special in MLS and deserve all the credit in the world.

  73. Sean says:

    Yes, and the Henry inclusion? Mind-boggling at best. Disgraceful at worst.

    Big signing? Yes! Important for the league? Yes! But, he’s played such few games, scored few goals (though he’s opened up space for others to score) and he’s been injured a lot.

  74. Sec103 says:

    Obviously you have not watched the Union. Le Toux plays the whole field every game. He was making up for poor MF play all season. Even with all that he is still top 5 in both goals and assists.
    You really should not comment about things you don’t understand. Just say what’s true i.e. that you really are not that familiar with Le Toux’s play this year

  75. CMcAfee says:

    Arrogance? Stating facts based on league statistics is hardly arrogant, and that goes for both RSL’s defense this year and Seattle’s performance over the second half of the season and attendance.

    And as an RSL fan I don’t think they are the best thing since sliced bread for winning the cup last year, I think they are the best thing since sliced bread for allowing the fewest goals in a season in league history while also leading the league in goals scored.

    Complaining about fans of other teams being proud of their team’s accomplishments reeks of bitter envy.

  76. Dustyn says:

    I think you could probably come up with at least 2 dozen players that were new to the league that are more deserving of Henry for that award.

  77. WeatherManNX01 says:

    Ahahaha! Yeah, that’s a good one.