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U.S. SOCCER ANNOUNCES FIRST FOUR WINNERS OF 2010 BEST OF U.S. SOCCER AWARDS

U.S. Soccer Reveals Winners for Best Goal, Best Photo, Best Performance: Team and Best South Africa Moment, Brought to You by Budweiser

Studio 90 Reveals the Winners on ussoccer.com and Interviews Men's
National Team Midfielder Landon Donovan
Eight More Winners to be Unveiled Wednesday and Thursday, Followed by
2010 Athletes of the Year on Monday, Dec. 20

CHICAGO (Dec. 14, 2010)—U.S. Soccer has announced the first four
winners of the 2010 Best of U.S. Soccer Awards following the
conclusion of voting on ussoccer.com. The winners of Best Goal, Best
Photo, Best Performance: Team and Best South Africa Moment, brought to
you by Budweiser were unveiled on ussoccer.com's popular web show
Studio 90. Eight more winners will be revealed Wednesday and Thursday.

The ninth annual installment of the Best of U.S. Soccer Awards was
decided entirely by fan ballots cast from Nov. 22 to Dec. 10 on
ussoccer.com.

Watch the Winners and an Interview with Landon Donovan on Studio 90

Following the unveiling of the 2010 Best of U.S. Soccer Awards, U.S.
Soccer will announce the winners for the 2010 Athlete of the Year
Awards on Monday, Dec. 20.

It was no surprise the U.S. Men's National Team's exploits at the 2010
FIFA World Cup dominated this year's ballot, and all four awards
handed out today revolved around the USA victory against Algeria that
made an indelible impression on the American public.

“When you put it in the context of everything else and what it all
meant there was a lot of relief and obviously a lot of excitement,”
said U.S. midfielder Landon Donovan while speaking on Studio 90 where
he accepted the award for Best Goal, Best South Africa Moment, brought
to you by Budweiser and, on behalf of the U.S. Men's National Team,
Best Performance: Team. “The image I have that will always last is
turning my head, looking towards our bench and seeing a bunch of guys
sprinting toward the corner. It was pure enjoyment and a really cool
moment.”

“Knowing people back home really cared made it a lot more special. The
minute we arrived in Washington, D.C. there were people who recognized
us. We started to realize pretty quickly this was a little different
than it had been in the past.”

Best South Africa Moment, brought to you by Budweiser pitted four
lasting memories from the 2010 FIFA World Cup together for the fans to
decide which one made the biggest mark this year. Unsurprisingly, “Dog
Pile for the Ages,” which signified the USA's win against Algeria,
topped the polls with 53 percent of the vote. In second place was
“U.S. Fans Unite Back Home,” which recognized the support of U.S. fans
gathering in locations across the country to cheer on the USA during
the tournament in South Africa. The memorable video showing fans
around the world celebrating Donovan's goal gathered 39 percent of the
vote.

Donovan's game-winning strike against Algeria was recognized as this
year's Best Goal, garnering a landslide 54 percent of the vote. The
Group C decider far outpaced two equally significant goals from the
World Cup: Donovan's first goal against Slovenia (11 percent) and
Michael Bradley's game-tying strike from the same match (9 percent)
that kept the USA's hopes alive at the tournament.

The USA's last-minute victory against Algeria also earned the Best
Performance: Team award with 40 percent of the vote, marking the
second year in a row a MNT victory in South Africa topped the
category. In 2009 it was the USA's victory against FIFA World Cup
Champions Spain that earned the plaudits of voters. The USA's
come-from-behind draw against Slovenia earned second place (19
percent) while the U.S. Women's National Team's emphatic 4-0 victory
against Germany (12 percent) was recognized by voters as the third
best team performance of 2010.

Best Photo went to “The Pile,” which captured the USA in the midst of
a rapturous celebration next to the corner flag on the Loftus Versfeld
field. The winning photograph earned 27 percent of the vote to beat
out “The Goal” (20 percent), and “Academic,” (11 percent) a photo from
the 2010 Development Academy U-15/16 Championship in Carson, Calif.

The next four awards for Best Academy Story, Best Fan Costume, Best
Performance: Player, and Best Soccer Specialty Store will be presented
on Wednesday, Dec. 15 on ussoccer.com. The remainder of the 2010 Best
of U.S. Soccer Awards will be handed out on Thursday, Dec. 16 and the
2010 Athlete of the Year Awards will be announced early next week.

The four awards include Male, Female, Young Male and Young Female
Athletes of the Year.  As the oldest and most prestigious awards of
their kind, U.S. Soccer’s Athlete of the Year Awards date back to 1984
for the men and 1985 for the women. As in years past, online votes for
the annual award were tallied and counted for 50 percent of the total,
while the remaining 50 percent was compiled from members of the
national media and U.S. Soccer representatives, including National
Team coaches and members of the U.S. Soccer Board of Directors.

2010 Best of U.S. Soccer Results - Best South Africa Moment Brought to
You by Budweiser, Best Goal, Best Performance: Team, Best Photo

Best South Africa Moment, brought to you by Budweiser

1. Dog Pile for the Ages                     53%

2. U.S. Fans Unite Back Home                 39%

3. Bill Clinton Hangs Out in the Locker Room   5%

Best Goal

1. Landon Donovan, June 23 vs. Algeria     54%

2. Landon Donovan, June 18 vs. Slovenia       11%

3. Michael Bradley, June 18 vs. Slovenia       9%

Best Performance: Team

1. U.S. MNT vs. Algeria, June 23           40%

2. U.S. MNT vs. Slovenia, June 18             19%

3. U.S. WNT vs. Germany, May 22           12%


Best Photo

1. The Pile                                     27%

2. The Goal                                     20%

3. Academic                                   13%

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