Camilo Sanvezzo wins MLS goal of year
Whitecaps forward tops with flying scissor-kick volley
Vancouver Whitecaps forward Camilo Sanvezzo has been honoured with the 2013 goal of the year in Major League Soccer for his flying scissor-kick volley against the Portland Timbers.
The spectacular Oct. 6 goal at B.C. Place Stadium saw Camilo launch himself into the air to get a boot to Young-Pyo Lee's cross before hammering it home.
The 78th-minute goal, Camilo's second of the night, beat Donovan Ricketts, recently named MLS goalie of the year, and tied the game at 2-2.
It was judged the best goal, in a season that saw 845 scored, via by an online and text fan vote.
Click below to see Sanvezzo’s spectacular individual effort.
Camilo, a 25-year-old Brazilian, led the league in scoring with 25 goals. But he missed out on the league's Best XI team, kept out by Montreal's Marco Di Vaio, Los Angeles' Robbie Keane and league MVP Mike Magee of Chicago.
Sixty-four initial nominations were eventually narrowed to four goal-of-the-year finalists. The award is sponsored by AT&T.
Camilo's goal earned 47.29 per cent of the voting. Portland's Diego Valeri, for his March 3 goal against the New York Red Bulls, was second with 30.05 per cent, followed by New England's Juan Agudelo (Aug. 17 against Chicago) with 11.36 per cent and New York's Thierry Henry, against Montreal on May 8, with 11.31 per cent.
He is the first player from a Canadian team, to win the award, although Canadian international Dwayne De Rosario won it in both 2004 and 2005 while with San Jose.
Impact’s Di Vaio loses MVP race
Chicago Fire forward Mike Magee has been selected MLS’s most valuable player, capping a career season with the top individual prize.
He beat out Los Angeles' Robbie Keane, Montreal's Marco Di Vaio and New York's Tim Cahill in a vote by media, players and club management. The results were announced Thursday.
Acquired by the Fire from Los Angeles on May 25, Magee scored 15 goals and had four assists in 22 games for Chicago.
He had six goals before the trade, bringing his season total to 21 and easily eclipsing his previous high of seven as a rookie with the MetroStars in 2003.
Rimando repeat winner for top save
Also Thursday, Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Nick Rimando won his second consecutive save of the year for his stop on Colorado Rapids midfielder Jaime Castrillon.
Rimando earned 29.94 per cent of the best save vote, ahead of Jaime Penedo of Los Angeles (for an Aug. 24 save in Vancouver) with 24.47 per cent, Dallas' Raul Fernandez with 22.3 per cent and Ricketts (against Vancouver on Oct. 6) with 23.28 per cent.