Canada Soccer awards finalists 2015
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Canada Soccer announces finalists for 2015 Player Awards

Canada Soccer has announced the list of nominees for the 2015 Canada Soccer Player Awards, with voting open today for both media and coaches.

Four current Vancouver Whitecaps FC players have been nominated, including Emma Regan for U-17 Women's Player of the Year, Kadin Chung for U-17 Men's Player of the Year, and Kianz Froese and Chris Serban for U-20 Men's Player of the Year. Whitecaps FC Residency graduate Adam Straith has been nominated for Men's National Team Player of the Year, while 'Caps alumnae Erin McLeod, Desiree Scott, Sophie Schmidt, and Christine Sinclair are all nominated for Women's National Team Player of the Year.

Voting for the 2015 BMO Canadian Players of the Year award is split between media and coaches from coast to coast to coast across Canada. Voting is open from Monday, November 30 to Friday, December 11.

Canadian coaches also have the opportunity to vote for both the Canadian U-20 Players of the Year and the Canadian U-17 Players of the Year. Voting for these two categories will be split between national team coaches and other coaches, including those from the Canada Soccer A & B Licences.

The 2015 Canada Soccer Player Awards will be announced from December 11 to 18, with the Canadian Para Soccer Player of the Year (selected by the national team) the first announcement on December 11. The two Canadian U-17 Players of the Year will be announced on December 14, the two Canadian U-20 Players of the Year will be announced on December 15, and the two BMO Canadian Players of the Year will be announced December 17 and 18.

This marks the 23rd year since the Canada Soccer Player Awards were introduced in 1993. The awards recognise player performances with both the national teams and their respective club teams.

Canada Soccer, in partnership with its membership and its partners, provides leadership in the pursuit of excellence in soccer, both at the national and international levels. Canada Soccer not only strives to lead Canada to victory, but also encourages Canadians to a life-long passion for soccer. For more details on Canada Soccer, visit the official website at canadasoccer.com.

BMO Canadian Players of the Year

Voting by Canadian media and coaches, selecting first choice, second choice, and third choice. The award celebrates Canada Soccer’s top footballers in recognition of their 2015 achievements with both the National Team and their respective club teams. Winners to be announced on 17 and 18 December.

Canada Soccer Men's National Team Program (#CANMNT)
Name / Club / Hometown
Milan Borjan | BUL / PFK Ludogorets Razgrad | Hamilton, ON
Julian de Guzman | CAN / Ottawa Fury FC | Scarborough, ON
Atiba Hutchinson | TUR / Beşiktaş JK | Brampton, ON
Dejan Jaković | JPN / Shimizu S-Pulse | Etobicoke, ON
Cyle Larin | USA / Orlando City SC | Brampton, ON
Samuel Piette | ESP / Racing Ferrol | Le Gardeur, QC
Tosaint Ricketts | TUR / Boluspor FC | Edmonton, AB
Kenny Stamatopoulos | SWE / AIK Fotbol | Markham, ON
Adam Straith | NOR / Fredrikstad FK | Victoria, BC

Canada Soccer Women's National Team Program (#CANWNT)
Name / Club / Hometown
Josée Bélanger | SWE / FC Rosengård | Coaticook, QC
Kadeisha Buchanan | USA / West Virginia U. | Brampton, ON
Allysha Chapman | USA / Houston Dash | Courtice, ON
Ashley Lawrence | USA / West Virginia U. | Caledon East, ON
Erin McLeod | USA / Houston Dash | Edmonton & Calgary, AB
Sophie Schmidt | GER / FFC Frankfurt | Abbotsford, BC
Desiree Scott | ENG / Notts County Ladies | Winnipeg, MB
Christine Sinclair | USA / Portland Thorns FC | Burnaby, BC

Canadian U-20 Players of the Year

Voting by Canadian coaches, selecting first choice, second choice, and third choice. Winners to be announced on 15 December.

Canada Soccer Men's U-20 Program (#canm20) - players born 1995 or later
Name / Club / Hometown
Fraser Aird | SCO / Glasgow Rangers FC | Scarborough, ON
Kianz Froese | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC | Winnipeg, MB
Luca Gasparotto | SCO / Greenock Morton FC | Ajax, ON
Cyle Larin | USA / Orlando City SC | Brampton, ON
Michael Petrasso | ENG / Queens Park Rangers | Woodbridge, ON
Chris Serban | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 | Calgary, AB

Canada Soccer Women's U-20 Program (#canw20) - players born 1996 or later
Name / Club / Hometown
Gabrielle Carle | CAN / Dynamo de Québec | Lévis, QC
Jessie Fleming | CAN / London Nor'West SC | London, ON
Sarah Kinzner | CAN / Calgary Foothills SC & USA / University of Colorado | Calgary, AB
Marie Levasseur | CAN / CS Haute St-Charles & USA / U. Memphis | Stoneham, QC
Sarah Stratigakis | CAN / Unionville-Milliken SC | Woodbridge, ON
Sura Yekka | CAN / Brams United SC & USA / University of Michigan | Mississauga, ON

Canadian U-17 Players of the Year

Voting by Canadian coaches, selecting first choice, second choice, and third choice. Winners to be announced on 14 December.

Canada Soccer Men's U-17 Program (#canm17) - players born 1998 or later
Name / Club / Hometown
Gabriel Boakye | CAN / Toronto FC II | Richmond Hill, ON
Tristan Borges | CAN / Toronto FC II | Toronto, ON
Kadin Chung | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 | Port Coquitlam, BC
Duwayne Ewart | CAN / Vaughan SC | Scarborough, ON
Harrison Paton | ENG / Fulham FC U-18 Academy | Kitchener, ON
Ballou Tabla | CAN / Académie Impact Montréal | Montréal, QC

Canada Soccer Women's U-17 Program (#canw17) - players born 1999 or later
Name / Club / Hometown
Kennedy Faulknor | CAN / Unionville-Milliken SC | Markham, ON
Vital Kats | CAN / Scarborough GS United | Toronto, ON
Lysianne Proulx | CAN / AS Varennes | Boucherville, QC
Emma Regan | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps Girls Elite REX | Vancouver, BC
Deanne Rose | CAN / Scarborough GS United | Alliston, ON
Sarah Stratigakis | CAN / Unionville-Milliken SC | Woodbridge, ON

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