Archive for the ‘Awards’ Category

Adebayor Named African Player of The Year

January 12, 2009

Arsenal’s Emmanuel Adebayor has been named the African Player of the Year.


December 18, 2008

Courtesy of US Soccer:

CHICAGO (Dec. 17, 2008) – The final four winners of the 2008 Best of U.S. Soccer Awards were announced on Wednesday on, with Studio 90 presenting the fan’s choices for Best Performance: Team, Best Goal: Men, Best Goal: Women and Best Photo.

Fans can watch a special presentation of all 12 winners on’s Studio 90, which has already showcased the first eight award winners, including Best Assist, Best all_access Video, Best Fan Photo, Best Soccer Specialty Store, Best Performance: Player, Best Soccer Bar and Best Soccer Blog.

Watch the Winners Now!
On Thursday, Dec. 18, U.S. Soccer will announce the winners for the 2008 Athlete of the Year Awards, which include Male, Female, Young Male and Young Female Athletes of the Year. As the oldest and most prestigious awards of their kind, U.S. Soccer’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 to 50 percent of the total, while the other 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.

All four of the final “Best Of” Awards have China as their common thread, and the Beijing Olympics provided some of the most memorable moments of the year for the men’s and women’s national teams.

The award for Best Performance: Team was never going to be a contest, with the U.S. Women’s National Team taking the prize for their gold medal winning effort against Brazil. The 1-0 victory in the championship match earned 52 percent of the vote, far outpacing the MNT’s performances against Argentina and Poland, which finished second (21 percent) and third (8 percent) respectively.

Best Goal: Women came from the same game, with Carli Lloyd’s gold medal winning strike earning the most votes from the fans. Lloyd’s fizzer into the bottom corner earned 31 percent of the vote, while Lori Chalupny’s shot into the top left corner against Japan earned 27 percent. In third place was Becky Edwards’ rocket against Cuba during U-20 CONCACAF qualifying.

Best Photo went to “Jump for Joy,” which captured U.S. players Heather O’Reilly and Natasha Kai in mid celebration after the final whistle against Brazil. The photograph took in 31 percent of the vote, beating Triple Celebration (25 percent) and Cuba Cuatro (16 percent).

The Best Goal on the Men’s side also came from China, with Sacha Kljestan’s strike against the Netherlands getting 28 percent of the fan vote. Kljestan’s well-taken shot finished ahead of two goals from the U.S. MNT’s game against their biggest rival, Mexico. Oguchi Onyewu’s powerful header and Jozy Altidore’s first goal for the full national team both tied for second place with 20 percent of the vote.

Up next in the award season is the results for 2008 Athlete of the Year. The awards for Male, Female, Young Male and Young Female Athletes of the Year will be announced on on Thursday, Dec. 18.

2008 Best of U.S. Soccer Results – Performance: Team, Goal: Men, Goal: Women, Photo

Best Performance: Team
1. U.S. WNT vs. Brazil – Aug. 21 52 %
2. U.S. MNT vs. Argentina – June 8 21 %
3. U.S. MNT vs. Poland – March 26 8 %

Best Goal: Women
1. Carli Lloyd vs. Brazil – Aug. 21 31 %
2. Lori Chalupny vs. Japan – Aug. 18 20 %
3. Becky Edwards vs. Cuba – June 20 14 %

Best Goal: Men
1. Sacha Kljestan vs. Netherlands – Aug. 10 28 %
2. Oguchi Onyewu vs. Mexico – Feb. 6 20 %
3. Jozy Altidore vs. Mexico – Feb. 6 20 %

Best Photo
1. Jump for Joy 31 %
2. Triple Celebration 25 %
3. Cuba Cuatro 16 %


November 6, 2008

Courtesy of US Soccer Communications:


U.S. Soccer Fans Asked to Nominate Their Favorite all_access Video, Bar, Blog, Store, and Fan Photo During Next Two Weeks;Voting for Finalists on All Categories Begins on Nov. 17

CHICAGO (Nov. 5, 2008) – The 2008 Best of U.S. Soccer Awards, presented by Soccer America, have kicked off with a nomination period for five of the awards that will be handed out in mid-December. Now in its seventh year, the annual series provides fans the opportunity to submit their nominees for the five categories until Friday, Nov. 14 on The full list of awards will be announced on Nov. 17 and winners will be decided by a period of fan voting in which soccer fans around the country can review nominees, watch video and decide which entrant they deem most worthy of the prize.

While the finalists for the non-nomination categories are pre-determined, is calling on national team supporters to make their voices heard during the nomination process. The five nomination categories are the most ever in the history of the annual series and include Best all_access Video, Best Soccer Bar, Best Soccer Blog, Best Soccer Store and Best Fan Photo, where fans are asked to send in personal photos that have the chance to be chosen as a nominee. Fans who want to participate can e-mail their nominations to

Additionally, participants can follow along with the 2008 Best of Blog, where voters can leave comments and follow the latest news as it relates to the nominations and awards.Following the conclusion of the nomination period and the opening of general voting on Nov. 17, fans will have more than two weeks to vote for their favorites. The conclusion of voting will occur on Dec. 9, with the winners announced Dec. 15-19 on for U.S. Soccer’s Athletes of the Year will also begin on Nov. 17, allowing fans to vote for the most deserving player for more than two weeks. As in years past, online votes registered at will be tallied and equivalent to 50 percent of the votes, while the other 50 percent will be represented by votes compiled from members of the media and U.S. Soccer representatives.

Last year, Clint Dempsey and Abby Wambach won the 2007 U.S. Soccer Male and Female Athletes of the Year, respectively. 2008 U.S. Soccer Best of Awards

Nomination Categories:

1. Best Soccer Bar. This award goes to the best soccer-focused or soccer-friendly bar in the United States. Fans go here not only because it opens it beer-swilling doors at 7 a.m. on a Saturday to catch European games, but also because it has the MLS package and turns the bar red, white and blue when any U.S. National Team is playing.

2. Best Soccer Store. This award honors the best all-around store to buy all things soccer, from the latest Nike cleats for your weekend league to that Carlos Bocanegra national team jersey.

3. Best Soccer Blog. Countless soccer blogs are on the information superhighway, but which is the one you click first when you get into the office in the morning? (Why Letters From Vagabondia of course!)

4. Best all_access Video. In this category, fans are selecting the best behind-the-scenes all_access video segment that appeared on ussoccer.conm in 2008.

5. Best Fan Photo. Have you traveled far and wide, camera in tow, trying to get the best shot of a U.S. team at a game? Well we want you to show us. Send us your best snapshot of one of the many memorable events from this year.

Nomination and Voting Schedule
Date Information
Nov. 5 Fan nomination period begins
Nov. 14 Fan nomination period ends
Nov. 17 Voting begins
Dec. 9 Voting ends
Dec. 15-19 Best of U.S. Soccer Awards and AOTY winners announced on