OTTAWA, ON — Soccer fans across the country are asked to vote for their favourite Canadian players in the 2010 CanadaSoccer.com Fans’ Choices poll. Voting begins today and runs through 19 December 2010. Fans are asked to vote for one male player and one female player.
Fans can select any Canadian player. The list of national nominees is the same as the list for the 2010 Canadian Players of the Year award. Unlike the player of the year vote (based on performance, voted by coaches and media), the CanadaSoccer.com Fans’ Choices is based on popularity. Each fan can make one male selection and one female selection.
Nominees from Canada’s Men’s Teams
Nana Attakora – CAN / Toronto FC – North York, ON Nana joined the national team in 2010, making his debut on 31 January in a Men’s International Friendly match against Jamaica. The 21-year old defender took part in two camps with coach Stephen Hart. At the club level, he played for Toronto FC in Major League Soccer. He also helped Toronto FC win the 2010 Nutrilite Canadian Championship and scored a goal in the group phase of 2010-11 CONCACAF Champions League.
Adrian Cann – CAN / Toronto FC – Thornhill, ON Adrian took part in his third season with the national team, making one appearance on 31 January 2010 against Jamaica. He took part in one camp with the team, spending the bulk of the year with his club Toronto FC where he won Toronto FC Most Valuable Player honours. Cann helped Toronto FC win the 2010 Nutrilite Canadian Championship and helped the club reach the group phase of CONCACAF Champions League.
Dwayne De Rosario – CAN / Toronto FC – Scarborough, ON Dwayne rejoined the national team in 2010, taking part in three camps including a memorable trip to Buenos Aires to face the two-time FIFA World Cup™ champions Argentina in May. At the club level, he was named to the MLS Best XI while winning Toronto FC’s Golden Boot award with 15 goals. He helped Toronto FC win its second Nutrilite Canadian Championship, also winning his second George Gross Award as tournament MVP.
Atiba Hutchinson – NED / PSV Eindhoven – Brampton, ON Atiba celebrated his eighth season with the national team in 2010 by scoring a goal in his 50th career appearance, a 2:2 draw with Ukraine on 8 October. At the club level, he split the year between F.C. København in Denmark and PSV Eindhoven in Netherlands. He won the Dansk Fodbold Award as the top player in the Danish Superleague. With PSV Eindhoven, he has kept the club in first club through late November.
Simeon Jackson – ENG / Norwich City FC – Mississauga, ON Simeon took part in his second season with the national team in 2010, scoring a goal in the 2:2 draw with Ukraine on 8 October in Kyiv. Simeon was in fact one of three players to make five appearances for Canada this year. At the club level, Simeon switched from Gillingham FC to Norwich City FC. Since joining Norwich City, he has scored four goals in eight league appearances.
Will Johnson – USA / Real Salt Lake – Toronto, ON Will took part in his sixth season with the national team in 2010, making three appearances including the memorable 24 May match against Argentina and the 2:1 victory over Honduras at home on 7 September. At the club level, Will played for Real Salt Lake of MLS, helping the reigning champions reach the playoffs. In CONCACAF Champions League, will helped Real Salt Lake advance beyond the group phase.
Josh Simpson – TUR / TUR / Vestel Manisaspor – Victoria, BC Josh took part in his seventh season with the national team in 2010, making four appearances and scoring a goal in the home Men’s International Friendly on 7 September against Honduras. He was the Man of the Match in that 2:1 victory at Stade Saputo in Montréal. At the club level, Josh scored often for his team Vestel Manisaspor in Turkey, including a hat trick performance in league play in September.
Adam Straith – GER / FC Energie Cottbus – Victoria, BC Adam joined the national team in 2010, making his debut on 24 May as a substitute in the Men’s International Friendly match against Argentina. He was one of three players to make five appearances in 2010 and he won Man of the Match honours on 4 September in Toronto. He was the youngest of 47 players to play for Canada in 2010. At the club level, he played for FC Energie Cottbus in the German Bundesliga 2.
Nominees from Canada’s Women’s Teams
Josée Bélanger – CAN / Amiral de Québec – Coaticook, QC Josée was not a rookie, but she did make her first start as a member of Canada’s national team in 2010. She started seven games up front for Canada and even scored in her first start – a 1:1 draw with Norway on 3 June. She scored two more goals before year’s end, most notably against Mexico at the 2010 CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifier in Cancún, Mexico. With her club Amiral de Québec, she scored three goals in six W-League matches.
Jonelle Filigno – USA / Rutgers University – Mississauga, ON Jonelle took part in her third season with the national team in 2010. She missed much of the first half of the year recovering from an injury, but made a triumphant return in time for the 2010 CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifiers in Cancún, Mexico. She appeared in all five matches and scored four goals and three assists. At the university level, she co-led Rutgers University with 12 points.
Kaylyn Kyle – CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC – Saskatoon, SK Kaylyn took part in her third season with the national team in 2010. After making her season debut in Germany, she started in six-straight wins from 30 September in Toronto to the 2010 CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifier championship final on 8 November. At the club level, she played for Vancouver Whitecaps FC in the W-League. She also scored a hat trick for Surrey United in the provincial final in May.
Diana Matheson – NOR / Lillestrøm SK Kvinner – Oakville, ON Diana celebrated her eighth season with the national team in 2010, becoming just the sixth player to make 100 appearances for Canada. In February, she helped Canada win the Cyprus Women’s Cup, scoring the lone goal in the championship final against New Zealand. In September, she scored at home in Canada’s 3:1 victory over China PR at BMO Field. At the club level, Diana played for Lillestrøm SK Kvinner in Norway.
Marie-Eve Nault – CAN / Ottawa Fury – Trois-Rivières, QC Marie-Eve spent her third season with the national team in 2010. She was one of four players to make 13 appearances, making 11 starts as Canada’s left back. She helped Canada win the Cyprus Women’s Cup in February and the CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifier in November. At the club level, Marie-Eve spent the season with the Ottawa Fury of the W-League. She helped the team finish first in its division.
Sophie Schmidt – CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC – Abbotsford, BC Sophie anjoyed her sixth season with the national team in 2010, nearly scoring in her 50th career appearance on 8 November. She hit the post moments before Mexico commited a penalty and Canada scored the lone goal of a 1:0 victory to claim the CONCACAF title. At the club level, she scored two goals for Vancouver Whitecaps FC. At the university level, she was a First Team All American at the University of Portland.
Christine Sinclair – Unattached / Sans Club – Burnaby, BC Christine hit new heights in her 11th season with the national team in 2010, scoring her 100th career and becoming Canada’s all-time leader in appearances. Once again, she was shortlisted for the FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year award. At the club level, she scored 10 goals and a league-best nine assists en route a Women’s Professional Soccer championship with FC Gold Pride.
Melissa Tancredi – CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC – Ancaster, ON Melissa took part in her seventh season with the national team in 2010. She scored two goals for Canada, one in a home Women’s International Friendly match at BMO Field and another in the opening match of the CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifier. At the club level, she led Whitecaps FC with five goals in nine matches. She was a W-League All-League Team forward as the Whitecaps reached the championship final.
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