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Players of the Year 2007 Update

Top Players receive Awards

  In team sports it is always fitting when a player is recognized and rewarded for his or her efforts over the course of a season. Some players are rewarded for their performance during playoffs run or a final game, while others are rewarded in defines categorical areas as a stand out for their team for sportsmanship, discipline etc:


However in sports there is no other award that holds more merit than the Player of the year award. The winner of a Player of the Year award would have exemplified all the qualities of sportsmanship, total discipline and most important the ability to rise above the rest of the field, in regards to performance and contribution.

The prestigious Player of the Year award can be won at all levels as mentioned, but to me the highest level to achieve a national player of the year award is at the senior level. This is due to the fact that at all the other levels of play there is always room for growth and development.


The fact that Dwayne De Rosario and Christine Sinclair was voted  Canada Male and Female Player of the Year respectively for a third consecutive year, speaks volume for their ability and their commitment to consistently improve their game while maintaining their passion for the sport.


Presently Christine Sinclair seems to be ahead of the other Canadian women players in all facets of the game, while on the other hand consecutive awards of this magnitude for De Rosario I consider to be a typical example of a player that work hard and assert himself to be the best that he can possibly be given any situation.  

Dwayne De Rosario has matured in his game and what used to be called a kamikaze style of play, is now the blueprint for players with the ability to set up goals, create space and score on a moments notice.  Why is De Rosario not positioned as a central midfielder for Canada is anyone’s guess?


Since Christine Sinclair and the Canada women’s team have been to World Cup, it is imperative that the Canadian Soccer Association absorb new ideas and make a serious push to get their men team in order for South Africa 2010. At 29 years young Dwayne De Rosario and the other talented Canada players are waiting in the wings with their clock ticking. Julian De Guzman was runners up to De Rosario for the Player of the Year award. 


In preparation for their 2008 MLS season, Toronto FC picked Trinidad and Tobago youth international Julius James and Pat Phelan in the first round of the MLS 2008 Super Draft in Baltimore last Friday. James is a defender out of the University of Connecticut while Phelan helped his Wake Forest University team win the NCAA championship and is reported as versatile.


Although he was very humbly and modest in his approach to his MLS  rookie year coach Mo Johnson thinks that James and Phelan has the ability to create an impact in the league similar to Maurice Edu's MLS Rookie of the Year performance in 2007.

 However James mentioned that he cited Toronto's large West Indian community as a major factor that should ease his adjustment to a new environment. "So I'll have to go through a very steep learning curve, and I hope the technical staff and the guys over there are going to help me with that."


Kenwyne Jones has been named the Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation’s (T&TFF) Player of the Year 2007 based on his nomination for the First Citizen’s Bank Sportsman of the Year Award. The 23-year-old Jones plays striker for Sunderland in the English Premiership and can be said to be following the footsteps of his current Sunderland teammate Dwight Yorke who was named the 2006 Player of the Year.


TTFF female player of the Year is 17-year-old Avanell Isaac of Joe Public Football Club. She is a member of the Trinidad and Tobago’s Women’s Olympic Team that is preparing for the upcoming CONCACAF final round of qualification in March. Avanell Isaac was also voted as the 2007 MVP of the T&T Women’s League, and was instrumental in T&T’s success in the preliminary stages. In his reflection on the male and female winners TTFF President Oliver Camps stated, “They have demonstrated the key characteristics of progressive sporting personalities and what is remarkable too is that they are doing this at what can be considered young ages. I think they are fine examples for the rest of our aspiring athletes, particularly in the sport of football.”

Kenwyne Jones is being scouted as the top of the list among T&T’s professional footballers, after he joined Sunderland in a deal £6 million deal which saw Stern John moving to his old team Southampton.

When contacted by the TTFF Media with the good news Kenwyne Jones noted “First of all it’s extremely nice and I feel honoured to be the Trinidad and Tobago Footballer of the Year. A lot of big names have won this before and I never really thought about something like this happening to me. He continued
 “I must thank the country and the authorities for believing in me and showing this kind of support and hopefully I can repay by doing the best I can on the football field and help the country achieve great things. Qualifying for the next World Cup in South Africa is obviously one of the aims now,” .  Stay tuned for other Stars in action.




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