Alderson, Lawrence named Canada's top U-17 players
National team midfielders Bryce Alderson and Ashley Lawrence have earned Canada's under-17 soccer player of the year honours.
Alderson, a native of Kitchener, Ont., helped Canada to a silver medal at the CONCACAF U-17 championships and its first berth in the FIFA U-17 World Cup in 16 years. The Canadians lost to eventual silver medallist Uruguay in their opening match before drawing England and Rwanda at the World Cup in Mexico.
Last month, Alderson signed with the Vancouver Whitecaps after spending a year with its residency squad.
Lawrence, from Caledon, Ont., captained Canada's under-17 women's squad in 2011 as the team prepares for next year's CONCACAF women's under-17 championship and the FIFA U-17 World Cup.
In July, Lawrence led Ontario to victory at the Nutrilite All-Stars Girls U-16 competition, and in October helped her club Erin Mills win the national under-16 title.
The two players were named in a vote split by national team coaches and Canadian A and B-level certified coaches.
Other nominees for the men's award were Keven Aleman, Samuel Piette, Luca Gasparotto, Maxime Crepeau, and Daniel Stanese. Other women up for the annual award were Summer Clarke, Nichelle Prince, Larisa Staub, Amandine Pierre-Louis, and Valerie Sanderson.
The Canadian Soccer Association will unveil its under-20 players of the year on Tuesday, while the female and male players of the year will be announced on Wednesday and Thursday, respectively.