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MLS Awards: And the winner is…

Individual honours for the 2012 MLS season will be unveiled during the playoffs, and in each category, you willl find a number of nominees from each team.

For the Montreal Impact, vice-captain Patrice Bernier leads the team with three nominations, while the names of offensive midfielder Felipe and goalkeeper Troy Perkins are in two categories for the 2012 MLS Awards.

Most Valuable Player: Patrice Bernier, Felipe and Marco Di Vaio

Patrice Bernier is nominated for the Volkswagen MLS Most Valuable Player. The Brossard native, returned to the Impact in 2012, and led the team in goals this season with nine and was second on the team with eight assists. In his first season in MLS, Bernier made 27 appearances, including 25 starts, and surpassed 2,194 minutes of play. Felipe and Designated Player Marco Di Vaio, who scored five goals and adding three assists, are also nominated in this category.

Newcomer of the Year: Patrice Bernier and Felipe

The 2012 Newcomer in MLS is defined as a player with previous professional experience who made his MLS debut in 2012. Felipe, a 22-year-old Brazilian, broke into the league with gusto in 2012, starting all 30 matches he played for 2,652 minutes. His 10 assists led the team and put him in eight spot overall in the entire league and finished the campaign tied for fourth in team scoring with four goals. MIdfielder Patrice Bernier is also nominated in this category after having played his very first season in MLS.

Defender of the Year: Matteo Ferrari and Jeb Brovsky

Matteo Ferrari and Jeb Brovsky are nominated for Defender of the Year in MLS during the 2012 regular season. The Italian centre back’s experience on the world stage and his leadership proved invaluable as he played in 25 games, 23 as a starter, totaling 2,029 minutes. Brovsky distinguished himself as a reliable and versatile defender playing on both wings and as a centre back at different times over the year. He started 25 of 28 games played for the Impact in 2012, totaling 2,233 minutes, the most of any defender this season.

Humanitarian of the Year: Patrice Bernier

Bernier’s name is also in the category of Humanitarian of the Year. After returning home following a 10-year career in Europe, Bernier became the spokesperson for the Fondation de l’Office municipal d'habitation de Montréal (OMHM), dedicated to helping kids living in HLMs persevere in their studies and to actively invest themselves in Montreal and Quebec society. He also took part in several school visits with the Impact during the season as part of the program All the Way with the Impact to encourage school success, he helped revitalize and sod a local park and visited sick kids at the Saint-Justine hospital.

Goalkeeper of the Year: Troy Perkins

Following the 2011 season with the Portland Timbers, where he allowed 38 goals, goalkeeper Troy Perkins and the Timbers started the 2012 campaign allowing 35 goals in just 22 games played, going 5-11-5 over that stretch. However, following his trade to the Impact, Perkins recorded four shutouts and allowed only eight goals in nine games and is candidate for the MLS Comeback of the Year and Allstate Goalkeeper of the Year.

Rookie of the Year: Andrew Wenger

Andrew Wenger is nominated for the Rookie of the Year Award. The best rookie in MLS during the 2012 regular season is defined as a player without previous professional experience who made his MLS debut in 2012. The Impact’s first overall SuperDraft pick was used sparingly at the beginning of the season, appearing in 23 games total, but starting just seven. The 2011 Herman Trophy winner as the best player in NCAA division 1 soccer did manage to pick up four goals along the way, three as a starter, in just 823 minutes played.

Coach of the Year: Jesse Marsch

Jesse Marsch’s name will appear on the ballot for Coach of the Year. He led the Impact to the most wins in one season for a Canadian team in the history of the league with 12 and the second best points total in the modern expansion era for an expansion team.

The award winners are chosen by the players, club representatives and members of the media.