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Najar and Ricketts take awards
November 3rd, 2010 4:36PM
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TAGS:  d.c. united, los angeles galaxy, mls, philadelphia union, san jose earthquakes


[MLS] D.C. United's Andy Najar paved new ground, becoming the first home-grown player and at the age of 17 the first teenager to be named MLS Rookie of the Year, while Los Angeles Galaxy goalie Donovan Ricketts is only the second foreigner to be named Goalkeeper of the Year.

Najar, signed at age 17 after spending pre-season with the D.C. first team, wasted no time making an impact recording five goals and an assist in l26 games and earning the team’s Golden Boot award. He was also honored as the D.C. United Volkswagen MVP for the 2010 season.

Significantly, he is the first Rookie of the Year not to have played any college soccer. He arrived from Honduras at the age of 13 and was attending Alexandria's Edison High School when he joined the D.C. academy program.

Ricketts earned the 2010 Goalkeeper of the Year award after posting a career-high 11 shutouts and allowing just 26 goals in 29 games for the 2010 Supporters’ Shield champions.

His goals-against average was 0.90, putting him in the top spot among MLS goalies with an all-time goals-against average of 0.96.

Canadian Pat Onstad (2003 and 2005) is the only other foreigner to win the Goalkeeper of the Year award.

In other awards, Philadelphia's Sebastien Le Toux won the 2010 Xbox 360 Individual Fair Play Award. The Frenchman had 14 goals and 11 assists. In 28 games, he committed only 10 fouls and received no cards.
The San Jose Earthquakes claimed the 2010 Xbox 360 Team Fair Play Award for accumulating the fewest disciplinary points of any team during the 2010 regular season.
Rookie of the Year Winners
2010:  Andy Najar – D.C. United
2009:  Omar Gonzalez – LA Galaxy
2008:  Sean Franklin – LA Galaxy
2007:  Maurice Edu – Toronto FC
2006:  Jonathan Bornstein – Chivas USA
2005:  Michael Parkhurst – New England Revolution
2004:  Clint Dempsey – New England Revolution
2003:  Damani Ralph – Chicago Fire
2002:  Kyle Martino – Columbus Crew
2001:  Rodrigo Faria -- MetroStars
2000:  Carlos Bocanegra – Chicago Fire
1999:  Jay Heaps – Miami Fusion
1998:  Ben Olsen – D.C. United
1997:  Mike Duhaney – Tampa Bay Mutiny
1996:  Steve Ralston – Tampa Bay Mutiny

Goalkeeper of the Year Winners
2010:  Donovan Ricketts – LA Galaxy
2009:  Zach Thornton – Chivas USA
2008:  Jon Busch – Chicago Fire
2007:  Brad Guzan – Chivas USA
2006:  Troy Perkins – D.C. United
2005:  Pat Onstad – San Jose Earthquakes
2004:  Joe Cannon – Colorado Rapids
2003:  Pat Onstad – San Jose Earthquakes
2002:  Joe Cannon – San Jose Earthquakes
2001:  Tim Howard – MetroStars
2000:  Tony Meola – Kansas City Wizards
1999:  Kevin Hartman – LA Galaxy
1998:  Zach Thornton – Chicago Fire
1997:  Brad Friedel – Columbus Crew
1996:  Mark Dodd – Dallas Burn
MLS Individual Fair Play Award Winners
2010:  Sebastien Le Toux – Philadelphia Union
2009:  Steve Ralston – New England Revolution
2008:  Michael Parkhurst – New England Revolution
2007:  Michael Parkhurst – New England Revolution
2006:  Chris Klein – Real Salt Lake
2005:  Ronald Cerritos – San Jose Earthquakes
2004:  Eddie Pope - MetroStars
2003:  Brian McBride – Columbus Crew
2002:  Mark Chung – Colorado Rapids
2001:  Alex Pineda Chacon – Miami Fusion
2000:  Steve Ralston – Tampa Bay Mutiny
1999:  Steve Ralston – Tampa Bay Mutiny
1998:  Thomas Dooley – Columbus Crew
1997:  Mark Chung – Kansas City Wizards
MLS Team Fair Play Award Winners
2010:  San Jose Earthquakes
2009:  Chicago Fire
2008:  New England Revolution
2007:  Columbus Crew
2006:  Kansas City Wizards
2005:  Kansas City Wizards
2004:  Columbus Crew
2003:  New England Revolution
2002:  Kansas City Wizards
2001:  San Jose Earthquakes
2000:  Tampa Bay Mutiny
1999:  Columbus Crew
1998:  Kansas City Wizards
1997:  Columbus Crew

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