Red Bulls trio nominated for end of year awards

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

by DAVE MARTINEZ

The New York Red Bulls are well represented in this year’s MLS award voting.

Bradley Wright-Phillips is a finalist for the Landon Donovan MLS MVP award, alongside teammate Sacha Kljestan. They are joined by New York City FC’s David Villa in the race. Luis Robles, last year’s MLS Goalkeeper of the Year, is once again nominated for the award. He is joined by Colorado Rapids keeper Tim Howard and Philadelphia Union netminder Andre Blake. He is also in the running for the MLS Humanitarian of the Year award, pitted against Chicago Fire’s Matt Lampson and the Galaxy’s Gyasi Zardes.

Wright-Phillips took his second career MLS Golden Boot award, scoring 24 regular season goals for the Red Bulls. Kljestan was also a vital piece to the club’s fortunes, registering a league-best 20 assists — the second highest single-season mark in MLS history. Meanwhile, Luis Robles continues his iron man run with the Red Bulls, featuring in every regular season game for the team, registering a league high in wins (16) and shutouts (11).

Finalists earned the most votes in polling of three voting groups: current MLS players, MLS Clubs (Coaches, Technical Directors, Chief Business Officers and PR Directors) and media members.

The AT&T Goal of the Year and MLS Save of the Year will be decided by online voting at MLSsoccer.com from now through November 11.
2016 Major League Soccer Awards Finalists
(Listed in alphabetical order by last name within each award category)
Landon Donovan MLS Most Valuable Player Finalists
Sacha Kljestan (New York Red Bulls)
David Villa (New York City FC)
Bradley Wright-Phillips (New York Red Bulls)
Defender of the Year Finalists
Matt Hedges (FC Dallas)
Axel Sjoberg (Colorado Rapids)
Jelle Van Damme (LA Galaxy)
Allstate Goalkeeper of the Year Finalists
Andre Blake (Philadelphia Union)
Tim Howard (Colorado Rapids)
Luis Robles (New York Red Bulls)
Newcomer of the Year Finalists
For this award, “newcomer” is defined as a player with previous professional experience who made his MLS debut in 2016
Ola Kamara (Columbus Crew SC)
Nico Lodeiro (Seattle Sounders FC)
Jelle Van Damme (LA Galaxy)
AT&T Rookie of the Year Finalists
For this award, “rookie” is defined as a player without previous professional experience who made his MLS debut in 2016
Jack Harrison (New York City FC)
Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders FC)
Keegan Rosenberry (Philadelphia Union)
Coach of the Year Finalists
Pablo Mastroeni (Colorado Rapids)
Oscar Pareja (FC Dallas)
Patrick Vieira (New York City FC)
Comeback Player of the Year Finalists
Honors an MLS player who has overcome injuries and/or adversity in order to achieve success during the 2016 regular season
Frank Lampard (New York City FC)
Kevin Molino (Orlando City SC)
Chris Pontius (Philadelphia Union)
MLS WORKS Humanitarian of the Year, presented by Advocare, Finalists
Matt Lampson (Chicago Fire)
Luis Robles (New York Red Bulls)
Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)
 
MLS Fair Play Finalists – Individual
Selected by MLS based on objective criteria such as fouls committed, cards received, games and minutes played, as well as subjective evaluation of sportsmanlike behavior.
Chad Marshall (Seattle Sounders FC)
Keegan Rosenberry (Philadelphia Union)
Chris Tierney (New England Revolution)
 
MLS Fair Play Finalists – Team
Selected by MLS based on objective criteria such as fewest fouls committed, cards received, and on subjective evaluation of sportsmanlike behavior.
Columbus Crew SC
Seattle Sounders FC
Toronto FC
Referee of the Year Finalists
Alan Kelly
Jair Marrufo
Baldomero Toledo
Assistant Referee of the Year Finalists
Frank Anderson
Ian Anderson
Eric Boria
Awards Announcements Schedule:
Schedule subject to change
November 3: MLS WORKS Humanitarian of the Year, presented by Advocare
November 4: MLS Referee and Assistant Referee of the Year; Fair Play Award – Individual and Team
November 10: AT&T Rookie of the Year
November 11: MLS Defender of the Year; AT&T Goal of the Year and MLS Save of the Year
November 16: MLS Comeback Player of the Year
November 17: Allstate Goalkeeper of the Year
November 21: Newcomer of the Year
November 29: MLS Coach of the Year
December 6Landon Donovan MLS Most Valuable Player
TBD: MLS Best XI