Major League Soccer has announced the list of finalists for the 2019 End of the Year awards and two Colorado Rapids players have made it to the top 3.
Tim Howard is still in the running for the MLS WORKS Humanitarian of the Year, along with Matt Lampson of the LA Galaxy and Luis Robles of the New York Red Bulls. The winner will be announced some time in the future.
Andre Shinyashiki is still up for Rookie of the Year, competing against Brenden Aaronson of the Philadelphia Union and Hassani Dotson of Minnesota United FC. The winner for RoY is supposed to be announced sometime today.
The finalists earned the most votes in polling of three voting groups: current MLS players, MLS clubs (coaches, technical directors/general managers), and members of the media
Finalists for the other categories include:
MLS Defender of the Year Finalists (to be announced Oct. 17): Ike Opara (Minnesota United FC), Miles Robinson (Atlanta United), Walker Zimmerman (Los Angeles Football Club)
*For this award, “newcomer” is defined as a player with previous professional experience who made his MLS debut in 2019
Sigi Schmid MLS Coach of the Year Finalists (to be announced Oct. 23): Bob Bradley (Los Angeles Football Club), Jim Curtin (Philadelphia Union), Domènec Torrent (New York City FC)
MLS Comeback Player of the Year Finalists* (to be announced Oct. 22): Mark-Anthony Kaye (Los Angeles Football Club), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders FC), Kacper Przybyłko (Philadelphia Union)
*Honors an MLS player who has overcome injuries and/or adversity in order to achieve success during the 2019 regular season
MLS Referee of the Year Finalists (to be announced Oct. 15): Allen Chapman, Jair Marrufo, Rubiel Vazquez
MLS Assistant Referee of the Year Finalists (to be announced Oct. 15): Logan Brown, Brian Dunn, Brian Poeschel