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November 3, 2010 at 9:22 AM

MLS awards top goalkeeper, rookie and honors for fair play

dricketts.jpgPhoto credit: Harry How, Getty Images

Some MLS awards were announced this morning. I voted for eventual winners Najar and Le Toux, but chose RSL’s Nick Rimando as Goalkeeper of the Year over Ricketts (above). Here’s the release:

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MLS Announces 2010 Goalkeeper of the Year, Rookie of the Year and Xbox 360 Individual and Team Fair Play Awards

NEW YORK (Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010) – Major League Soccer today announced the 2010 Goalkeeper of the Year, Rookie of the Year, as well as the Xbox 360 Individual and Team Fair Play Awards.

2010 Goalkeeper of the Year: Donovan Ricketts, LA Galaxy

LA Galaxy goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts earned the 2010 Goalkeeper of the Year award after posting a career high 11 shutouts and allowing just 26 goals through 29 games this season. Ricketts finished the regular season with a goals-against average of 0.90 and currently holds the top spot in the all-time MLS standings with an all-time goals-against average of 0.96. The Jamaican International also helped lead the Galaxy to a record of 18-7-5 and 59 points to capture the coveted Supporters’ Shield.

2010 Rookie of the Year: Andy Najar, D.C. United

Midfielder Andy Najar, signed as a Home Grown Player at age 17, wasted no time making an impact for D.C. United this season. Appearing in 26 games during his rookie year, Najar recorded five goals and an assist in league play, earning the team’s Golden Boot award. Najar was also honored as the D.C. United Volkswagen MVP for the 2010 season. At 17, he is the youngest MLS Rookie of the Year and the first Home Grown Player to win the award.

2010 Xbox 360 Individual Fair Play Award: Sebastien Le Toux, Philadelphia Union

Sebastien Le Toux started 28 games for Philadelphia Union this year and recorded 14 goals and 11 assists. Through his 2,520 minutes this season, Le Toux committed only 10 fouls and received no cards, cautions, or action from the MLS Disciplinary Committee.

2010 Xbox 360 Team Fair Play Award: San Jose Earthquakes

The San Jose Earthquakes claimed the Team Fair Play award for accumulating the fewest disciplinary points of any team during the 2010 regular season. Disciplinary points are assigned as follow: 4 points for each caution received, 10 points for each red card, 0.50 points for each foul committed and a reduction of 15 points for each game that a team completes without receiving any cards or action from the MLS Disciplinary Committee.

Goalkeeper of the Year Winners

2010: Donovan Ricketts – LA Galaxy

2009: Zach Thornton – Chivas USA

2008: Jon Busch – Chicago Fire

2007: Brad Guzan – Chivas USA

2006: Troy Perkins – D.C. United

2005: Pat Onstad – San Jose Earthquakes

2004: Joe Cannon – Colorado Rapids

2003: Pat Onstad – San Jose Earthquakes

2002: Joe Cannon – San Jose Earthquakes

2001: Tim Howard – MetroStars

2000: Tony Meola – Kansas City Wizards

1999: Kevin Hartman – LA Galaxy

1998: Zach Thornton – Chicago Fire

1997: Brad Friedel – Columbus Crew

1996: Mark Dodd – Dallas Burn

Rookie of the Year Winners

2010: Andy Najar – D.C. United

2009: Omar Gonzalez – LA Galaxy

2008: Sean Franklin – LA Galaxy

2007: Maurice Edu – Toronto FC

2006: Jonathan Bornstein – ChivasUSA

2005: Michael Parkhurst – New England Revolution

2004: Clint Dempsey – New England Revolution

2003: Damani Ralph – Chicago Fire

2002: Kyle Martino – Columbus Crew

2001: Rodrigo Faria – MetroStars

2000: Carlos Bocanegra – Chicago Fire

1999: Jay Heaps – Miami Fusion

1998: Ben Olsen – D.C. United

1997: Mike Duhaney – TampaBay Mutiny

1996: Steve Ralston – TampaBay Mutiny

MLS Individual Fair Play Award Winners

2010: Sebastien Le Toux – Philadelphia Union

2009: Steve Ralston – New England Revolution

2008: Michael Parkhurst – New England Revolution

2007: Michael Parkhurst – New England Revolution

2006: Chris Klein – RealSaltLake

2005: Ronald Cerritos – San Jose Earthquakes

2004: Eddie Pope – MetroStars

2003: Brian McBride – Columbus Crew

2002: Mark Chung – Colorado Rapids

2001: Alex Pineda Chacon – Miami Fusion

2000: Steve Ralston – TampaBay Mutiny

1999: Steve Ralston – TampaBay Mutiny

1998: Thomas Dooley – Columbus Crew

1997: Mark Chung – Kansas City Wizards

MLS Team Fair Play Award Winners

2010: San Jose Earthquakes

2009: Chicago Fire

2008: New England Revolution

2007: Columbus Crew

2006: Kansas City Wizards

2005: Kansas City Wizards

2004: Columbus Crew

2003: New England Revolution

2002: Kansas City Wizards

2001: San Jose Earthquakes

2000: TampaBay Mutiny

1999: Columbus Crew

1998: Kansas City Wizards

1997: Columbus Crew

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