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Reign’s Megan Rapinoe voted NWSL player of week

NWSLThis just in from the National Women’s Soccer League:

Seattle Reign FC midfielder Megan Rapinoe was voted the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) Player of the Week by the media for Week 16 of the 2013 NWSL season.

Rapinoe, 28, scored two goals and had an assist for the Reign in a 4-1 victory over the Chicago Red Stars on Thursday, July 25 at Moda Health Pitch in Tukwila, Wash.
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RSL’s Saborio voted MLS player of the week

This just in from the league:

Real Salt Lake forward Alvaro Saborio was voted Major League Soccer Player of the Week by the North American Soccer Reporters (NASR) for week 22 of the 2013 MLS season.

Despite a 4-3 loss to the New York Red Bulls, Saborio shined for Salt Lake scoring a hat trick and nearly solidifying a comeback from a 2-0 deficit at Red Bulls Arena.

In the 44th minute, Real Salt Lake’s Olmes Garcia was brought down in the 18 yard box by Red Bulls defender Markus Holgersson. Alvaro Saborio stepped up to the spot and drilled

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Sounders Women Awarded W-League Organization of the Year

Tukwila, WA – After being nominated for four end-of-the-year awards by the United Soccer Leagues, the Seattle Sounders Women was named W-League Organization of the year, while also earning W-League Marketing Team of the Year award on December 14th. The honors were handed out at the USL Annual General Meetings in Tampa, Florida.  The Sounders Women stood out amongst over 30 W-League franchises throughout the United States.

“It’s an honor to win these awards. The awards are not why we do this job, but the recognition of our

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Alonso is Sounders MVP; Parke, Johnson, Estrada also win team awards

This news in today from the club:

Seattle Sounders FC has announced the 2012 Team Award recipients. Osvaldo Alonso was named the team’s Most Valuable Player and Jeff Parke was honored as Defender of the Year, both by a vote of their teammates. Eddie Johnson received the Golden Boot by virtue of leading Seattle in scoring and David Estrada was awarded the Humanitarian of the Year.

Most Valuable Player - Midfielder Osvaldo Alonso: Voted MVP by his teammates for the third consecutive season, Alonso has developed into the league’s premier holding midfielder. He was honored with his first MLS Best

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SKC’s Nielsen voted top keeper in MLS, Crew’s Higuain top newcomer; Gspurning third in each

This (disappointing) news just in from MLS:

Major League Soccer today announced the 2012 Allstate Goalkeeper of the Year and Newcomer of the Year awards.

2012 Allstate Goalkeeper of the Year: Jimmy Nielsen – Sporting Kansas City

The Danish goalkeeper put together one of the best regular seasons performances in recent history in just his third year in MLS. Nielsen led League in shutouts (15 – one behind Tony Meola for the All-Time Single-Season record), wins (18), and also held the season’s longest shutout streak at 414 minutes.

Sporting Kansas City’s captain was one of only two players in the

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SKC’s Besler top defender; Petrescu top ref in MLS

These awards announced today by Major League Soccer:

2012 Defender of the Year: Matt Besler – Sporting Kansas City

Besler appeared in 31 matches this season for Sporting Kansas City logging a total of 2,769 minutes. The central defender was a mainstay in a back line that allowed just 27 goals in 2012, the fewest among all MLS clubs this season. The Kansas City native also contributed two assists this season.

The award was voted on by media, MLS players and MLS club management based on regular season performance. The other two finalists were teammate Aurelien Collin and San Jose Earthquakes defender Victor Bernardez. Below is a breakdown of the voting for the top five candidates:

2012 Referee and Assistant Referee of the Year
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Schmid says Sounders’ award finalists “very fair,” Gspurning says he’s honored


Here’s some reaction about Sounders goalkeeper Michael Gspurning being named among the three finalists for MLS goalkeeper of the year and newcomer of the year, and forward Eddie Johnson being a finalist for comeback player of the year.

Coach SIGI SCHMID on the honors: It’s great. Obviously Eddie had a good season scoring a good amount of goals coming off where a lot of people had written him off, so that’s certainly a worthy nomination. And Gspurning, I’ve felt all along that he’s goalkeeper of the year for me in the league – and obviously he’s a guy who’s a candidate for newcomer of the year. So I think those are very fair.”

GSPURNING on being named: It’s a great honor, of course. It’s a great honor, and it’s good if you see you’ve been honored for the hard work that you’re doing. I want to say thank-you to everybody who’s supported Read more »


Evans praises Sounders’ award finalists


Veteran midfielder Brad Evans represented the Sounders in a national MLS conference call today in advance of the Western Conference final Sunday against LA.

Among the questions asked of Evans was about the contributions of MLS award finalists Michael Gspurning (goalkeeper and newcomer of the year) and Eddie Johnson (comeback player).

“Everybody knows what we lost last year in Kasey, so I think it was a difficult task in signing a replacement. But I thought that our club obviously found that replacement very admirably in Gspurning,” Evans said. “Anytime he played for us, I think he has like a 0.7 goals-against average for us, which is anytime your goalie is making saves and your taking less than one goal a game, you’re going to give yourself a good chance in advancing into the playoffs and find yourself where you want to be in the postseason. Michael’s done tremendous and awesome in the locker room, he’s been great with the team. So, awesome job there for him. More than happy for him. He’s put in a lot of hard work since he got here and I know it’s difficult coming from another country in his situation in Greece. That was a little bit hairy for a while, so all credit goes to him.

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