Nominees announced for 2013 Canadian Soccer Players of the Year

Smile, Will. You are probably going to win Canadian Player of the Year - Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

The Canadian Soccer Association have circulated the list of names who will be in the running for the six different player of the year awards in 2013. The lists do not include a lot of Toronto FC content but that does not mean it is not still worth debating who should bring home the awards.

Voting is now open for the 2013 Canadian Soccer Player of the Year awards and though it is limited to coaches and media that has never stopped us from having a friendly debate over who are the most deserving among the candidates.  Plus, with several of this site's writers likely to cast a ballot your opinions might just help to shape who we vote for.

Canadian Men's National Team

- Patrice Bernier | CAN / Impact Montréal | Brossard, QC
- Julian de Guzman | GRE / Xanthi | Scarborough, ON
- Marcus Haber | ENG / Notts County | Vancouver, BC
- Atiba Hutchinson | TUR / Beşiktaş JK | Brampton, ON
- Will Johnson | USA / Portland Timbers | Toronto, ON
- Nik Ledgerwood | SWE / Hammarby Fotboll | Lethbridge, AB
- Jonathan Osorio | CAN / Toronto FC | Brampton, ON
- Tosaint Ricketts | TUR / Bucaspor Kulübü | Edmonton, AB
- Russell Teibert | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC | Niagara Falls, ON
- other selection/ autre

With so little success on the international stage in 2013 you can essentially just throw those games out the window when it comes time to pick a winner.  That would leave the best candidates being based on which players had the best season for their club.  Considering that Will Johnson had one of the best seasons in MLS this year he is probably the front runner for this award.  Jonathan Osorio and Patrice Bernier also had strong years in MLS and could easily round out the top three for many voters.  If scoring on the international stage is your thing though, then Marcus Haber is the only one to manage a goal so he could at least merit some consideration.

Canadian Women's National Team

- Kadeisha Buchanan | USA / West Virginia University | Mississauga, ON
- Karina LeBlanc | USA / Portland Thorns | Maple Ridge, BC
- Adriana Leon | USA / Chicago Red Stars | Maple, ON
- Diana Matheson | USA / Washington Spirit | Oakville, ON
- Erin McLeod | USA / Chicago Red Stars | Edmonton, AB & Calgary, AB
- Sophie Schmidt | USA / Sky Blue FC | Abbotsford, BC
- Desiree Scott | USA / FC Kansas City | Winnipeg, MB
- Lauren Sesselmann | USA / FC Kansas City | Stephenville, NL
- Christine Sinclair | USA / Portland Thorns FC | Burnaby, BC
- other selection/ autre

At some point they may just have to rename this award to the Christine Sinclair award since she seems to bring it home every year.  She could well win it again in 2013 having put in decent performances for the national team and helping Portland to an NWSL title.  If you are looking for candidates to potentially knock her out of top spot there are some good options out there.  Erin McLeod had a number of very good performances for CanWNT this year and was probably the best player for them over the course of 2013.  She combined those performances with a solid year with Chicago in the NWSL which is more than enough to at least make her a contender.  There is also Diana Matheson who was solid in international play while being the best Canadian player in the NWSL despite being stuck on a very bad Washington Spirit team.  If those three are not for you it would be possible to make cases for several other players as well.

Canadian Men's U-20 Team

- Samuel Adekugbe | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC | Calgary, AB
- Keven Aleman | ESP / Real Valladolid | Brampton, ON
- Dylan Carreiro | ENG / Queens Park Rangers | Winnipeg, MB
- Caleb Clarke | GER / FC Augsburg II (on loan from CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC) | Richmond, BC
- Doneil Henry | CAN / Toronto FC | Brampton, ON
- Michael Petrasso | ENG / Queens Park Rangers | Woodbridge, ON
- Samuel Piette | GER / Fortuna Düsseldorf | Le Gardeur, QC
- other selection/ autre

This list contains a lot of names who are on the verge of breaking in to the professional ranks at their respective clubs.  Most of these 7 guys are already on the radar for the senior national team and that is for good reason.  Doneil Henry is the most established of the bunch having won this award in 2012 and could very well bring it home again in 2013.  He was a regular starter for Toronto and a key defender for Canada which is more than anyone else on this list can claim.  After him you could make cases for the likes of Aleman, Carreiro, Petrasso, and Piette as they were consistently good when the Canadian U-20 team actually played this year and have all at least gotten the chance to train with the senior team because of it.

Canadian Women's U-20 Team

- Kadeisha Buchanan | USA / West Virginia University | Mississauga, ON
- Ashley Lawrence | USA / West Virginia University | Caledon East, ON
- Kinley McNicoll | USA / University of Wisconsin | Oakville, ON
- Nichelle Prince | USA / Ohio State University | Ajax, ON
- Rebecca Quinn | USA / Duke University | Toronto, ON
- Kailen Sheridan | USA / Clemson University | Whitby, ON
- other selection/ autre

No offence to the rest of the contenders but it would be very hard to look past Buchanan for this award.  Not only was she the breakout player for the senior national team but she also had a very good season in the W-League and in NCAA.  Her teammate at West Virginia, Ashley Lawrence, also made her senior debut and had a good year for club and school but will probably wind up in a very distant second place for most voters.

Canadian Men's U-17 Team

- Hanson Boakai | CAN / FC Edmonton | Edmonton, AB
- Marco Bustos | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC Residency | Winnipeg, MB
- Marco Carducci | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC Residency | Calgary, AB
- Alex Comsia | North Vancouver, BC
- Marco-Leonel Dominguez | CAN / Académie Impact Montréal | Montréal, QC
- Jordan Hamilton | CAN / Toronto FC Academy | Scarborough, ON
- Jordan Haynes | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC Residency | Peterborough, ON
- other selection / autre

This list includes three players that I would consider standout candidates.  Hanson Boakai was good in both the CONCACAF Championships and the World Cup as he provided the creative spark in Canada's midfield and got on the scoresheet in some big games.  Jordan Hamilton was Canada's biggest scoring threat and his goals played a very big part in Canada coming close to moving on from the group stage at the World Cup.  A number of missed chances are the biggest knock against Hamilton but his numbers jump off the page.  The last option is Marco Carducci who won this award in 2012 and could continue a streak of Vancouver players winning the award as Russell Teibert and Bryce Alderson both won it in back-to-back years before Carducci won in 2012.  His performances in net for Canada were basically the only reason they kept things respectable at the World Cup.

Canadian Women's U-17 Team

- Jessie Fleming | CAN / London NorWest SC | London, ON
- Rachel Jones | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite | North Vancouver, BC
- Sarah Kinzner | CAN / Calgary Foothills | Calgary, AB
- Marie-Mychèle Métivier | CAN / Armada Chaudière-Est | Lévis, QC
- Bianca St-Georges | CAN / Laser de Joliette | St-Charles-Borommée, QC
- Sura Yekka | CAN / Brams United SC | Mississauga, ON
- other selection / autres

This is a tough award to try and figure out.  On one hand you have Yekka who impressed in her limited run with the senior team but that was at the expense of taking part in the CONCACAF U-17 Championship.  While she was missing that event Fleming and Métivier were absolutely filling the back of the net for Canada and making their own candidacy for this award.  It would be easy to go with Yekka but it is hard to ignore just how impressive Fleming looked when playing for Canada at the U-17 level.

So now that you have seen all the nominees for the six main awards who would you vote for if you were given the chance.  Reminder that the senior awards are decided by media and coaches while the other four are coaches only.

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