November 15, 2012
Red Bulls' Henry among final 3 for MVP, Pearce vying for Fair Play Award
Red Bulls captain and striker Thierry Henry on Thursday was named as one of three finalists for the Major League's Most Valuable Player award, while defender Heath Pearce is a finalist for the Fair Play Award.
|Thierry Henry is a finalist or MLS MVP along with Chris Wondolowski and Graham Zusi.
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Henry, who is vying for the honor with San Jose Earthquakes forward Chris Wondolowski and Sporting Kansas City midfielder Graham Zusi, registered 15 goals and a team-high 12 assists in 25 regular season games. The 2011 MLS Best XI selection finished in fifth place in MLS in goals and assists and was voted to the MLS all-star team for the second consecutive year.
Given that Wondolowski scored a league-best 27 goals that tied the league's all-time mark held by Roy Lassiter (set in 1996) while leading the Quakes to the Supporters Shield, Henry probably is a longshot to win the award.
The winner will be announced on Thursday, Nov. 29.
Pearce is a finalist for the Fair Play Award along with Chivas USA's Ante Jazic and the Chicago Fire's Logan Pause.
Fair Play finalists are picked by the league on criteria that includes fouls committed, cards received, games and minutes played as well as subjective evaluation of sportsmanlike behavior.
The Red Bulls acquired Pearce with allocation money and future considerations from Chivas for forward Juan Agudelo, Pearce started in 18 games for the Red Bulls, helping stabilize the backline. He finished with with two goals. Pearce, who was voted a starting position in the all-star game, also played the full 90 minutes in the teamís two playoff games this year.
The Fair Play winner will be announced on Monday.