Wednesday Kicks: Boxx, Donovan, Press, Leroux lead U.S. Soccer player award nominees & more

First, the & more: follow the MLS expansion draft here. The Whitecaps just took former Galaxy striker Alan Gordon, now late of Chivas USA. They like big, bruising English style center forwards up north.

Vancouver also took the Palos Verdes Peninsula’s John Thorrington off the hands of the Chicago Fire with their tenth and final pick.

Award season is heating up with U.S. Soccer announcing their nominees today for male, female and young male and female athletes of the year.

Local nominees include Stanford’s Christen Press of Palos Verdes Estates and UCLA’s Sydney Leroux for the Young Female Athlete of the Year, Torrance’s Shannon Boxx for the, um, senior female award and the usual suspects for the male version.

Here’s the list:

U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year Finalists
Shannon Boxx, Midfielder
Rachel Buehler, Defender
Amy LePeilbet, Defender
Amy Rodriguez, Forward
Abby Wambach, Forward

U.S. Soccer Male Athlete of the Year Finalists
Carlos Bocanegra, Defender
Michael Bradley, Midfielder
Steve Cherundolo, Defender
Clint Dempsey, Midfielder
Landon Donovan, Midfielder

U.S. Soccer Young Female Athlete of the Year Finalists
Morgan Brian, Midfielder
Crystal Dunn, Defender
Bianca Henninger, Goalkeeper
Sydney Leroux, Forward
Christen Press, Forward

U.S. Soccer Young Male Athlete of the Year Finalists
Gale Agbossoumonde, Defender
Zac MacMath, Goalkeeper
Alessandro Mion, Defender
Dillon Powers, Midfielder
Andrew Souders, Defender

Cast your vote here. You can vote daily through Dec. 10.

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