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source: wusa.com 13 august 2003

Finalists for the following categories have been announced. Check out http://www.wusa.com/press_room/378673.html
for further information.

- MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
- COACH OF THE YEAR
- DEFENDER OF THE YEAR
- GOALKEEPER OF THE YEAR
- HUMANITARIAN OF THE YEAR
- EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR
- TEAM COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD
- TEAM FAIR PLAY AWARD
- GOAL OF THE YEAR
- SCORING CHAMPION
- GOLDEN BOOT
- PLAYMAKER OF THE YEAR

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WUSA AWARDS ANNOUNCEMENT SCHEDULE

Tue. Aug. 19 Coach of the Year, Goalkeeper of the Year, Rookie of the Year, Humanitarian of the Year Referee of the Year, Goal of the Year

Wed., Aug. 20 Defensive Player of the Year, All-WUSA First and Second team, Team Community Service award, Team Fair Play award, Executive of the Year

Thur., Aug. 21 Most Valuable Player


SEMIFINALS and FINAL SCHEDULES

The WUSA Playoff Semifinals will be a one-game affair on August 16 and 17. PAX TV will broadcast the first semifinal on Saturday, August 16 at 4 pm ET (Washington at Boston) and ESPN2 will carry the second semifinal on Sunday, August 17 at 6 pm ET (San Diego at Atlanta).

Following the one-game WUSA Playoff Semifinals, the winners advance to Founders Cup III in San Diego on Sunday, August 24 to battle for the WUSA title. ESPN2 will broadcast the championship game live from Torero Stadium at 4:00 pm ET.

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source: womensoccer.com / 19-21 august 2003


WUSA Team Fair Play Award - Philadelphia Charge
The Philadelphia Charge won after receiving three less yellow cards than any other team during the 2003 season.

WUSA Executive of the Year - Joe Cummings - Boston Breakers
Cummings hired Pia Sundhage as the club's head coach at the end of the 2002 season. With Sundhage in command the team won the 2003 WUSA regular season championship, and the club's first trip to the playoffs.

Team Community Service Award - San Jose CyberRays
http://www.womensoccer.com/refs/wusa_refs/wusa-commun_20aug03.html

WUSA Defender of the Year - Joy Fawcett - San Diego Spirit
A member of the U.S. National Team since 1987, mother of three children Fawcett led San Diego to its first-ever berth in the WUSA Playoffs. She led a defense that finished second in goals allowed, and setting a team record for fewest goals allowed in a season. Her strong leadership and control of the defensive line throughout the season greatly improved a defense that ranked seventh in the league in 2002 when the Spirit allowed 2.00 goals per game.

Referee of the Year - Terry Vaughn
Marion, Iowa resident Terry Vaughn is a veteran of three WUSA seasons, and a regular referee in Major League Soccer and the A-League. WUSA coaches, general managers, players, U.S. Soccer and members of the media selected Vaughn as the best overall official in the league during the regular season.

Humanitarian of the Year - Jenny Benson - Philadelphia Charge
Jenny Benson is the recipient of the 2003 WUSA Humanitarian of the Year award for her community activities, particularly because of her work with the Gia Nicole Angel Fund named for 12-year-old Gia Gaudet. In addition Benson has frequently taken part in other community activities including soccer clinics and visits to local schools. She spoke to student athletes about the benefits of staying active, teamwork and staying in school as one of three featured speakers at a local "Successful Student Athlete Forum."

Goal of the Year by Abby Wambach- selected by the Fans voting on the WUSA website
July 19, 2003 Washington Freedom versus New York Power
Mia Hamm sent a dipping free kick from 25 yards toward goal. Wambach was just outside of the six-yard box, and with her entire body in mid-air and her momentum pulling her from right to left across the net she redirected Hamm's free kick with her head to the near post leaving keeper Saskia Webber no chance to make a saving play

WUSA Rookie of the Year - Christine Latham - San Diego Spirit
Twenty one year-old Canadian National Team member Christine Latham made an immediate impact for San Diego Spirit in her first year as aWUSA player. She finished tied for 12th in the WUSA in scoring and helped the Spirit to its first-ever playoff berth.

WUSA Goalkeeper of the Year - Briana Scurry - Atlanta Beat
She led all goalkeepers in goals against average (0.95), shutouts (7) and save percentage (79.5). With 70 saves Scurry helped lead Atlanta to a league-best seven victories at home. Her performance in goal meant that the Beat became the first team to average less than one goal per game in a season. Scurry's string of three consecutive shutouts (2-0-1) after July 4, 2003 put Atlanta Beat into the playoff and through to the Final.

WUSA Coach of the Year - Pia Sundhage - Boston Breakers
She led Boston the 2003 WUSA Regular Season Title in her first season as head coach , turning them around from the lowest level last year to the top this year. Sundhage had coached in her native Sweden at the club level and with Sweden's Under-20, Under-18 and Under-16 Women's National Teams.

Maren Meinert is WUSA's Most Valuable Player for the 2003 season
German national Meinert is tied for the WUSA's all-time scoring lead (81 pts.) with Atlanta's Charmaine Hooper, and her leadership and strong offensive work on the field played a major part in securing the 2003 WUSA regular season Championship for the Boston Breakers.

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