The Canadian Soccer Association has announced the list of nominees for its 2011 Canada Soccer player awards. 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 BMO Canadian Players of the Year award. The award will celebrate Canada’s top-two soccer players in recognition of their 2011 achievements with both the national team and their respective club teams.
Canada’s women’s team, meanwhile, set a national record with 14 wins in 24 matches. Its overall record of 14-4-6 included participation at the FIFA Women’s World Cup (with an exit in what turned out to be a group death) and the Pan American Games Women’s Football Tournament (with a gold medal finish in October). Canada also finished second at the Yongchuan Four Nations Tournament in January.
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 2011 Canada Soccer player award nominees:
Female Nominees from the Winners – Women’s national team – presented by Teck
Candace Chapman | USA / SkyBlue FC | Ajax, ON
Kaylyn Kyle | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC | Saskatoon, SK
Karina LeBlanc | USA / SkyBlue FC | Maple Ridge, BC
Diana Matheson | NOR / Lillestrøm SK Kvinner | Oakville, ON
Kelly Parker | USA / Atlanta Beat | Saskatoon, SK
Sophie Schmidt | Unattached / sans club | Abbotsford, BC
Christine Sinclair | USA / Western New York Flash | Burnaby, BC
Rhian Wilkinson | NOR / Lillestrøm SK Kvinner | Baie d’Urfé, QC
Canadian U-20 Players of the Year:
Female Nominees (born 1992 or later)
Rachelle Beanlands | USA / Maryland University | Ottawa, ON
Christine Exeter | USA / University of Louisville | Pickering, ON
Adriana Leon | USA / University of Notre Dame | Maple, ON
Amélia Pietrangelo | USA / University of Rutgers | Laval, QC
Jenna Richardson | USA / Oregon State University | Vancouver, BC
Jaclyn Sawicki | CAN / University of Vancouver | Coquitlam, BC
Canadian U-17 Players of the Year
Female Nominees (born 1995 or later)
Summer Clarke | CAN / Richmond Red Hot Selects U-16 | Richmond, BC
Ashley Lawrence | CAN / Erin Mills Mighty Eagles U-16 | Caledon East, ON
Amandine Pierre-Louis | CAN / St-Leonard | Montréal, QC
Nichelle Prince | CAN / Pickering SC | Ajax, ON
Larisa Staub | CAN / Angels SWU | Edmonton, AB
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