End of Year Awards: Kennedy & Jazic

15 November 12:08 de la tarde

End of Year Awards: Kennedy & Jazic

By Olivia Cervantes

Chivas USA’s Ante Jazic and Dan Kennedy have been named finalists to MLS’ Year End Awards in their own respective categories. Defender Jazic is nominated for the Xbox Individual Fair Play Award while Dan Kennedy is nominated for Goalkeeper of the Year.

The Individual Fair Play award is issued using the criteria of fouls committed, cards received, games & minutes played, as well as an evaluation of sportsmanlike behavior.  In 2012, Jazic played a total of 27 games (all starts) received no yellow or red cards and committed eight fouls. Jazic is nominated for the award along with Chicago Fire’s Logan Pause and former Goat Heath Pearce of the New York Red Bulls. The winner of the award will be announced Monday, November 19.

In a challenging season for the Goats, Kennedy managed to make 109 saves in 32 games played, ending the year second to Columbus Crew ‘keeper Andy Gruenebaum with 125 saves. Kennedy had been nominated in ten occasions to MLS Save of the Week, being named Player of the Week in the sixth week. The Yorba Linda, Calif. native is nominated for the league award along with Michael Gspurning of Seattle Sounders and Jimmy Nielsen of Sporting Kansas City. The winner of Goalkeeper of the Year will be announced on Wednesday, November 28.

If Kennedy takes the award, it will be the second time a Chivas USA ‘keeper earns the honor; former goalkeeper Zach Thornton took the award in the 2009 season after ending the year with 83 saves and 0.87 goals against average.

Take a look at one of Kennedy’s 109 saves of the 2012 season: