Sporting KC, San Jose Earthquakes dominate list of MLS award finalists

Victor Decolongon

Sporting KC had the most finalists with six, while the Earthquakes were just one behind.

If the list of MLS postseason award finalists is any indication, Sporting Kansas City and the San Jose Earthquakes will have plenty of individual awards to go along with their team accomplishments this year. Sporting KC, the top team in the East during the regular season, led the way with six finalists. The Earthquakes, who won the Supporters' Shield, were right behind with five finalists. No other team had more than three.

The actual winners will start to be announced on Nov. 19, when the Rookie of the Year is announced along with the individual and team Fair Play award winners.

The three finalists in each category were the top three vote getters. Current players, the clubs (Coaches, Technical Directors, Chief Business Officers and PR/Community Relations) and media members all voted.

For a preview of how these may turn out, check out SB Nation's MLS award winners.

2012 Major League Soccer Awards Finalists

(Listed in alphabetical order by last name within each award category)

Rookie of the Year Finalists

Austin Berry (Chicago Fire)

Nick DeLeon (D.C. United)

Darren Mattocks (Vancouver Whitecaps FC)

Xbox Individual Fair Play Finalists*

Ante Jazic (Chivas USA)

Logan Pause (Chicago Fire)

Heath Pearce (New York Red Bulls)

*Selected by MLS based on objective criteria such as fouls committed, cards received, games & minutes played, as well as subjective evaluation of sportsmanlike behavior.

Xbox Team Fair Play Finalists*

Chicago Fire

Houston Dynamo

New England Revolution

*Selected by MLS based on objective criteria such as fewest fouls committed, cards received, and on subjective evaluation of sportsmanlike behavior.

Defender of the Year Finalists

Victor Bernardez (San Jose Earthquakes)

Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City)

Aurelien Collin (Sporting Kansas City)

MLS W.O.R.K.S. Humanitarian of the Year Finalists

Kei Kamara (Sporting Kansas City)

Michael Lahoud (Philadelphia Union)

Chris Seitz (FC Dallas)

Referee of the Year Finalists

Silviu Petrescu

Baldomero Toledo

Armando Villarreal

Assistant Referee of the Year Finalists

Ian Anderson

Gregory Barkey

Corey Parker

Coach of the Year Finalists

Ben Olsen (D.C. United)

Peter Vermes (Sporting Kansas City)

Frank Yallop (San Jose Earthquakes)

Comeback Player of the Year Finalists

Alan Gordon (San Jose Earthquakes)

Eddie Johnson (Seattle Sounders FC)

Chris Pontius (D.C. United)

Allstate Goalkeeper of the Year Finalists

Michael Gspurning (Seattle Sounders FC)

Dan Kennedy (Chivas USA)

Jimmy Nielsen (Sporting Kansas City)

Newcomer of the Year Finalists

Victor Bernardez (San Jose Earthquakes)

Michael Gspurning (Seattle Sounders FC)

Federico Higuain (Columbus Crew)

Volkswagen Most Valuable Player Finalists

Thierry Henry (New York Red Bulls)

Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)

Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)

Awards Announcements Schedule:

Schedule subject to change

November 19: MLS Rookie of the Year, Xbox Fair Play Individual & Team of the Year

November 20: MLS Defender of the Year, MLS W.O.R.K.S. Humanitarian of the Year, and Referee/Assistant Referee of the Year

November 26: 2012 MLS Best XI

November 27: MLS Coach of the Year and Comeback Player of the Year

November 28: Allstate Goalkeeper of the Year and Newcomer of the Year

November 29: AT&T Goal of the Year, MLS Save of the Year and Volkswagen MLS MVP

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