WPS released the nominees for its 2011 year-end awards on Tuesday. The most interesting category will be the Michelle Akers Player of the Year Award. The vote for that should come down to Western New York Flash forward Christine Sinclair and Philadelphia Independence attacker Veronica Boquete. Below is the list of nominees. Who are you voting for? Who got snubbed?
2011 WPS YEAR-END AWARD NOMINATIONS (all nominations in alphabetical order)
MICHELLE AKERS PLAYER OF THE YEAR – Awarded to the player judged to have had the greatest impact on her team’s performance during the WPS regular season.
Veronica Boquete (Philadelphia Independence)
Tasha Kai (Philadelphia Independence)
Marta (Western New York Flash)
Christine Sinclair (Western New York Flash)
Abby Wambach (magicJack)
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WPS DEFENDER OF THE YEAR – Recognizes a player with an outstanding ability to defend WPS’s best attacking players during the regular season. The player must play a position that is considered to have key defensive responsibilities (defender or midfielder). Goalkeepers are not eligible.
Anita Asante (Sky Blue FC)
Carrie Dew (Sky Blue FC)
Tina Ellertson (magicJack)
Whitney Engen (Western New York Flash)
Nikki Krzysik (Philadelphia Independence)
Ali Riley (Western New York Flash)
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US COAST GUARD GOALKEEPER OF THE YEAR – Recognizes the goalkeeper who regularly makes outstanding saves and consistently controls her penalty area and defensive zone during the regular season. Her team’s success is not an overvalued factor in this award.
Jenni Branam (Sky Blue FC)
Ashlyn Harris (Western New York Flash)
Nicole Barnhart (Philadelphia Independence)
Alyssa Naeher (Boston Breakers)
Allison Whitworth (Atlanta Beat)
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US SOCCER FEDERATION ROOKIE OF THE YEAR – Awarded to the rookie – one year removed from playing in college – judged to have had the greatest impact on her team’s performance during the WPS regular season.
Sinead Farrelly (Philadelphia Independence)
Meghan Klingenberg (Boston Breakers)
Alex Morgan (Western New York Flash)
Christen Press (magicJack)
Keelin Winters (Boston Breakers)
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WPS COACH OF THE YEAR – Recognizes the head coach who has developed a team that has performed to exceptional levels and demonstrates an attractive and engaging style of play during the regular season.
Tony DiCicco (Boston Breakers)
Jim Gabarra (Sky Blue FC)
James Galanis (Atlatna Beat)
Aaran Lines (Western New York Flash)
Paul Riley (Philadelphia Independence)
Abby Wambach (magicJack)
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