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Men's nominees for the 2017 Canada Soccer Player Awards

Posted on 29 November 2017 in Men's National Team

Canada Soccer announced the list of nominees for the 2017 Canada Soccer Player Awards, with voting open for both media and coaches from 28 November through 7 December. The list of 12 nominees from Canada Soccer's Men's National Team features several familiar names as well as first-time nominees Lucas Cavallini, Alphonso Davies, and Anthony Jackson-Hamel.


Scott Arfield helped Burnley FC maintain their place in the Premier League in back-to-back seasons for the first time in club history. From January to November 2017, he made 26 appearances in all competitions and scored goals against Everton and Liverpool. At the international level, he scored one goal and one assist in six matches for Canada.

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Patrice Bernier scored two goals and three assists in 31 matches across all competitions as captain of Impact Montréal FC in 2017, his last season as a professional player. He scored his last goal as a professional in his last game at Stade Saputo. At the international level, he played three matches for Canada and captained the team to the quarter-finals of the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

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Milan Borjan split the 2017 calendar year between MKS Korona Kielce (14 matches in 2016-17) and FK Crvena zvezda (Belgrade Red Star 22 matches across all competitions from July to November). In Belgrade, he posted three clean sheets in five Europa League matches. With Canada, he posted two clean sheets in five international matches.

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Lucas Cavallini split the 2017 calendar year between CA Peñarol in Uruguay (six goals and one assist in 18 matches) and Puebla FC in Mexico (four goals in 10 matches on loan). At the international level, he scored one assist in four matches with Canada, helping Canada reach the quarter-finals at the CONCACAF Gold Cup. He is a first-time nominee for Player of the Year honours.

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Alphonso Davies scored three goals and two assists in 33 matches across all competitions with Vancouver Whitecaps FC, including a goal in the quarter-finals of 2016-17 CONCACAF Champions League. At the international level, he scored three goals in six matches and won both the Golden Boot and Best Young Player awards at the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

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Marcel de Jong made 20 appearances across all competitions with Vancouver Whitecaps FC in 2017, helping his team reach the semi-final stage of CONCACAF Champions League. At the international level, he made six appearances for Canada, including Player of the Match honours against Honduras in July as Canada reached the CONCACAF Gold Cup quarter-finals.

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Junior Hoilett helped Cardiff City FC finish 12th in England's Championship in 2016-17 before rushing out to second place after four months in 2017-18. From January to November, he scored six goals and 11 assists in 41 matches across all competitions. He also scored a goal and an assist in seven matches for Canada, with his July goal nominated for CONCACAF Goal of the Year.

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Atiba Hutchinson helped Beşiktaş JK reach the quarter-finals of Europa League and win their second-straight Turkish Süper Lig season to close out the 2016-17 campaign; he then helped Beşiktaş JK reach the knock-out phase of 2017-18 UEFA Champions League (while wearing the captain's armband for matches in October and November). He made 37 club appearances (across all competitions) and one international appearance for Canada.

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Anthony Jackson-Hamel scored 10 goals and four assists in 23 matches across all club competitions with Impact Montréal FC in 2017. At the international level, he led Canada with three goals and two assists in seven matches, including goals at Stade Saputo in June and BMO Field in September. He is a first-time nominee for Canadian Player of the Year honours.

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Jonathan Osorio helped Toronto FC win the Canadian Championship and the MLS Supporters' Shield before reaching the Eastern Conference final in late November. He scored two goals and one assist in 31 club appearances before the 2017 MLS playoffs. At the international level, he scored two goals and one assist in four matches with Canada, including one goal at BMO Field in September.

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Michael Petrasso continued his breakthrough in the Queens Park Rangers organisation in England, making three appearances with the first team alongside his play at the youth level. At the international level, he played six matches for Canada including all four starts at the CONCACAF Gold Cup. He earned Player of the Match honours for Canada in October.

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Samuel Piette split the calendar year between CD Izarra in Spain (18 matches in the back half of the 2016-17 season) and Impact Montréal FC in Canada (11 matches as part of the 2017 MLS season). At the international level, he led Canada with 720 minutes played while recording one assist in eight matches. His assist came on Canada's winning goal at Stade Saputo in June.

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