NEW YORK – And here they are. These are the top eight Latin American players in Major League Soccer, according to you!
After four days of intense voting, the fans chose the eight players who advanced to the quarterfinal round of FutbolMLS.com's Latino del Año. Vancouver Whitecaps FC's Camilo Sanvezzo, the league's Golden Boot winner and the club's BMO Player of the Year, is one of the eight players remaining. The Brazilian edged Columbus Crew's Federico Higuaín in the Round of 16 with 50.03 per cent of the votes.
In the quarterfinals, Camilo is up against the reigning "Latino del Año," Houston Dynamo's Boniek Garcia. Quarterfinal voting starts today and will close this Wednesday, November 13, at 8:59 pm PT. The player who receives the most votes in each pairing will advance to the grand final, which is composed of four players this year. Vote for Camilo below!
The pairings for the quarterfinals phase are as follows:
· F1 : Álvaro Saborío (Real Salt Lake) vs. Diego Valeri (Portland Timbers)
· F2 : Camilo (Vancouver Whitecaps) vs. Boniek García (Houston Dynamo)
· F3 : Jaime Penedo (LA Galaxy) vs. Hendry Thomas (Colorado Rapids)
· F4 : Raúl Fernández (FC Dallas) vs. Blas Pérez (FC Dallas)
ROUND OF 16 RESULTS
1. Álvaro Saborío (Real Salt Lake) - 80.02 %
2. Juan Agudelo (NE Revolution) - 19.98 %
1. Diego Valeri (Portland Timbers) - 70.06 %
2. Rodney Wallace (Portland Timbers) - 29.94%
1. Camilo (Vancouver Whitecaps) - 50.03 %
2. Federico Higuaín (Columbus Crew) - 49.97 %
1. Boniek García (Houston Dynamo) - 65.05 %
2. Marcelo Sarvas (LA Galaxy) - 34.95 %
1. Jaime Penedo (LA Galaxy) - 79.14 %
2. Erick "Cubo" Torres (Chivas USA) - 20.86 %
1. Hendry Thomas (Colorado Rapids) - 51.16 %
2. Jairo Arrieta (Columbus Crew) - 48.84 %
1. Raúl Fernández (FC Dallas) - 78.75 %
2. Víctor Bernárdez (SJ Earthquakes) - 21.25 %
1. Blas Pérez (FC Dallas) - 86.94 %
2. Osvaldo Alonso (Seattle Sounders) - 13.06 %
FutbolMLS.com's Latino del Año schedule
November 4 - Voting open for Group Stage
November 7 - Group Stage winners are announced, voting open to knockout stages
November 11 - Final Round winners are announced, voting open to Quarterfinals
November 14 - Quarterfinals winners announced, voting open for Final
November 18 - the 2013 Latino del Año is revealed.