Claudio Bravo, Evander, Felipe Mora, Juan Mosquera, Eryk Williamson and Dario Zuparic among nominees
Major League Soccer on Thursday announced the nominees for the 2023 Year-End Awards and six different Portland Timbers players were among the nominees.
MLS clubs determine nominees and can nominate a maximum of two players for certain awards.
MLS Year-End Awards are determined via voting from three groups (each one-third):
- Current MLS players
- MLS coaches, technical directors/general managers
- Select media members representing local and national outlets who consistently covered the 2023 MLS regular season
Voting will open on October 10 and conclude on October 23, shortly after Decision Day (end of MLS regular season).
Additionally, fans will have the opportunity to weigh in on the top plays of the season with both the AT&T 5G Goal of the Year and MLS Save of the Year presented by Allstate by casting their votes on MLSsoccer.com.
MLS Newcomer of the Year Nominees
The best newcomer in MLS during the 2023 regular season. For this award, “newcomer” is defined as a player who had previous professional experience and made his MLS debut in 2023.
MLS Young Player of the Year Nominees
The best young player in MLS during the 2023 regular season. For this award, any “young player” in MLS who is age 22 or younger during the calendar year is eligible for the award. For 2023, any player born on or after Jan. 1, 2001, is eligible. Any player born on or before Dec. 31, 2000, is ineligible.
MLS Comeback Player of the Year Nominees
Honors an MLS player who has overcome a severe injury and/or adversity and, as a result, missed a significant portion of the 2022 season – then shown improved performance to achieve success during the 2023 regular season.
Audi Goals Drive Progress Impact Award presented by MLS WORKS
This award recognizes an MLS player who demonstrates excellence in driving progress in their communities. Their dedication to charitable efforts and social impact work creates sustainable communities, fosters equity inclusions, and enriches the lives of those in need across the U.S. and Canada.