D.C. United’s Ben Olsen and Chris Pontius named as finalists for year-end League awards

Washington, D.C. (November 2, 2009) - Major League Soccer today announced the finalists for its 2009 year-end awards. Among the finalists are D.C. United midfielder Ben Olsen - up for Comeback Player of the Year - and United midfielder/forward Chris Pontius - up for Rookie of the Year.

The Comeback Player of the Year awarded will be announced on November 10, while Rookie of the Year will be revealed on November 12. The full list of finalists, as well as the announcement schedule follows.

2009 Major League Soccer Awards Finalists:

Goalkeeper of the Year Finalists

Kasey Keller - Seattle Sounders FC

Donovan Ricketts - Los Angeles Galaxy

Zach Thornton - Chivas USA

Fair Play Finalists - Individual

Kasey Keller - Seattle Sounders FC

Pat Onstad - Houston Dynamo

Steve Ralston - New England Revolution

Comeback Player of the Year Finalists

Brian McBride - Chicago Fire

Ben Olsen - D.C. United

Zach Thornton - Chivas USA

Visa Defender of the Year Finalists

Geoff Cameron - Houston Dynamo

Jhon Kennedy Hurtado - Seattle Sounders FC

Chad Marshall - Columbus Crew

adidas Referee of the Year Finalists

Alex Prus

Ricardo Salazar

Kevin Stott

Rookie of the Year Finalists

Stefan Frei - Toronto FC

Omar Gonzalez - Los Angeles Galaxy

Chris Pontius - D.C. United

Coach of the Year Finalists

Bruce Arena - Los Angeles Galaxy

Sigi Schmid - Seattle Sounders FC

Robert Warzycha - Columbus Crew

Newcomer of the Year Finalists

Kasey Keller - Seattle Sounders FC

Freddie Ljungberg - Seattle Sounders FC

Fredy Montero - Seattle Sounders FC

Volkswagen MLS Most Valuable Player Finalists

Jeff Cunningham - FC Dallas

Landon Donovan - Los Angeles Galaxy

Shalrie Joseph - New England Revolution

Awards Announcements Schedule:

Schedule subject to change

Wednesday, November 4

Goalkeeper of the Year

Fair Play Award Individual & Team

Thursday, November 5

Visa Defender of the Year

adidas Referee of the Year & Assistant Referee of the Year

Friday, November 6

MLS W.O.R.K.S. - U.S. Soccer Foundation Humanitarian of the Year

Tuesday, November 10

MLS Newcomer of the Year

MLS Comeback Player of the Year

Wednesday, November 11

MLS Coach of the Year

Thursday, November 12

Rookie of the Year

Monday, November 16

MLS Best XI

Wednesday, November 18

Goal of the Year presented by AT&T

Save of the Year presented by Degree Men

Thursday, November 20

Volkswagen MLS Most Valuable Player

Saturday, November 22

MLS Commissioner’s Award

Broadcasting and P.A. Request: When speaking of the organization, please refer to the team as either “D.C. United” or “United,” but not “the D.C. United” or “the United.” We appreciate your cooperation.

Doug Hicks, dhicks@dcunited.com, (202) 587-5448,
Boris Flores, bflores@dcunited.com, (202) 587-5452,
Kyle Sheldon, ksheldon@dcunited.com, (202) 587-5450 or
Cristina Cruz, ccruz@dcunited.com, (202) 587-5440
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