2010 Canadian Players of the Year awards

Whitecaps FC players among nominees

The Canadian Soccer Association announced the list of nominees for its 2010 player awards. This years' awards nominations includes members of Vancouver Whitecaps FC and players from British Columbia.

Canadian media and coaches will be asked to select two players - one male and one female - for the Canadian Soccer Association’s top prize, the Canadian Players of the Year award. The award will celebrate Canada's top-two soccer players in recognition of their 2010 achievements with both the national team and their respective club teams.

Voting for the Canadian Players of the Year will be split evenly by Canadian media and Canadian coaches who have taken the Canadian Soccer Association’s national course at the 'B' and 'A' levels (including national team coaches). Along with the Canadian Player of the Year award, there are two additional awards that celebrate the top young prospects in Canadian soccer. Coaches from across the country will select four young stars from Canada's World Cup squads - two Canadian U-20 Players of the Year and two Canadian U-17 Players of the Year.

The Canadian U-20 Players of the Year award is open to players eligible for the current or upcoming FIFA U-20 World Cup events. The male U-20 nominees are born 1989 or later while the female U-20 nominees are born 1990 or later.

The Canadian U-17 Players of the Year award is open to players eligible for the current or upcoming FIFA U-17 World Cup events. The male U-17 nominees are born 1992 or later, while the female U-17 nominees are born 1993 or later.

Voting for the Canadian U-20 Players of the Year and Canadian U-17 Players of the Year will be split evenly by Canadian national team coaches and all other Canadian coaches who have taken the Canadian Soccer Association’s national course at the 'B' and 'A' levels. Coaches will be asked to consider each nominee’s success at the international and club levels, including performances at the FIFA World Cups and at the BMO National Championships.

Voting will begin immediately and will conclude on Friday, December 10. Voters will be asked to select three players (first place, second place, and third place) in each category. All six winners will be announced during the week of December 13 to 17.

Along with the three awards, the Canadian Soccer Association will host an online vote for the two CanadaSoccer.com Fans’ Choices. Voting for the CanadaSoccer.com Fans’ Choices will begin immediately and will conclude on Sunday, December 19. Online voters are asked to select their favourite male and female Canadian soccer players by clicking here.

2010 nominees - Canadian Players of the Year
(Voting by Canadian media and Canadian coaches)

Whitecaps FC and BC players in bold

Male nominees from the men's national team

- Nana Attakora - CAN / Toronto FC - North York, ON
- Adrian Cann - CAN / Toronto FC - Thornhill, ON
- Dwayne De Rosario - CAN / Toronto FC - Scarborough, ON
- Atiba Hutchinson - NED / PSV Eindhoven - Brampton, ON
- Simeon Jackson - ENG / Norwich City FC - Mississauga, ON
- Will Johnson - USA / Real Salt Lake - Toronto, ON
- Josh Simpson - TUR / Vestel Manisaspor - Victoria, BC
- Adam Straith - GER / FC Energie Cottbus - Victoria, BC

- other selection

Female nominees from women's national team

- Josée Bélanger - CAN / Amiral de Québec - Coaticook, QC
- Jonelle Filigno - USA / Rutgers University - Mississauga, ON
- Kaylyn Kyle - CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC - Saskatoon, SK
- Diana Matheson - NOR / Lillestrøm SK Kvinner - Oakville, ON
- Marie-Eve Nault - CAN / Ottawa Fury - Trois-Rivières, QC
- Sophie Schmidt - CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC - Abbotsford, BC
- Christine Sinclair - Unattached / Sans Club - Burnaby, BC
- Melissa Tancredi - CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC - Ancaster, ON

- other selection

Canadian U-20 Players of the Year
(Voting by Canadian coaches)

Male nominees (born 1991 or later) from the men's U-20 team

- Ethan Gage - CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC - Cochrane, AB
- Jaineil Hoilett - GER / FSV Mainz’05 - Brampton, ON
- Julien Latendresse Lévesque - GER / FC Energie Cottbus (on loan from Vancouver Whitecaps FC) - Chambly, QC
- Nicholas Lindsay - CAN / Toronto FC Academy - Brampton, ON
- Ashtone Morgan - CAN / Toronto FC Academy - Toronto, ON
- Russell Teibert - CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC - Niagara Falls, ON
- other selection

Female nominees (born 1990 or later) from the women's U-20 team

- Vanessa Legault-Cordisco - USA / University of Evansville - Boisbriand, QC
- Jonelle Filigno - USA / Rutgers University - Mississauga, ON
- Frédérique Paradis - CAN / Royal-Sélect Beauport - Beauport, QC
- Amélia Pietrangelo - CAN / Comètes de Laval - Laval, QC
- Rachel Melhado - USA / University of Louisville - Brampton, ON
- Chelsea Stewart - CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC - The Pas, MB
- other selection

Canadian U-17 Players of the Year
(Voting by Canadian coaches)

Male Nominees (born 1994 or later) from the men's U-17 team

- Bryce Alderson - CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC - Kitchener, ON
- Keven Aleman - CAN / Toronto FC Academy - Brampton, ON
- Ismaïl Benomar - CAN / Académie Impact Montréal - Laval, QC
- Marco Lapenna - CAN / Académie Impact Montréal - Montréal, QC
- Matteo Pasquotti - CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC - Lethbridge, AB
- Samuel Piette - CAN / FC Boisbriand - Le Gardeur, QC
- other selection

Female nominees (born 1993 or later) from the women's U-17 team

- Caroline Beaulne - CAN / CS Longueuil - Longueuil, QC
- Haisha Cantave - CAN / Ottawa Fury - Orléans, ON
- Alison Clarke - CAN / WSA North Stars - Winnipeg, MB
- Sabrina D’Angelo - CAN / Toronto Lynx - Welland, ON
- Nicole Setterlund - CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC - White Rock, BC
- Diamond Simpson - CAN / Hamilton FC - Mississauga, ON
- other selection

CanadaSoccer.com Fans' Choices - male nominees

- Nana Attakora - CAN / Toronto FC - North York, ON
- Patrice Bernier - DEN / FC Nordsjælland - Brossard, QC
- Adrian Cann - CAN / Toronto FC - Thornhill, ON
- Julian de Guzman - CAN / Toronto FC - Scarborough, ON
- Dwayne De Rosario - CAN / Toronto FC - Scarborough, ON
- Lars Hirschfeld - NOR / Vålerenga Fotball / Edmonton, AB
- Atiba Hutchinson - NED / PSV Eindhoven - Brampton, ON
- Simeon Jackson - ENG / Norwich City FC - Mississauga, ON
- Will Johnson - USA / Real Salt Lake - Toronto, ON
- Mike Klukowski - TUR / MKE Ankaragücü - Oshawa, ON
- Kevin McKenna - GER / FC Köln - Calgary, AB
- Josh Simpson - TUR / Vestel Manisaspor - Victoria, BC
- Paul Stalteri - GER / Borussia Mönchengladbach - Brampton, ON
- Adam Straith - GER / FC Energie Cottbus - Victoria, BC
- other selection

CanadaSoccer.com Fans' Choices - female nominees

- Josée Bélanger - CAN / Amiral de Québec - Coaticook, QC
- Candace Chapman - Unattached / Sans Club - Ajax, ON
- Jonelle Filigno - USA / Rutgers University - Mississauga, ON
- Kaylyn Kyle - CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC - Saskatoon, SK
- Kara Lang - CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC - Oakville, ON

- Diana Matheson - NOR / Lillestrøm SK Kvinner - Oakville, ON
- Erin McLeod - USA / Washington Freedom - Calgary, AB
- Marie-Eve Nault - CAN / Ottawa Fury - Trois-Rivières, QC
- Kelly Parker - USA / Buffalo Flash - Saskatoon, SK
- Sophie Schmidt - CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC - Abbotsford, BC
- Christine Sinclair - Unattached / Sans Club - Burnaby, BC
- Melissa Tancredi - CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC - Ancaster, ON
- Rhian Wilkinson - NOR / Lillestrøm SK Kvinner - Baie d'Urfe, QC
- other selection