Perk, Leroux Nominated For 2009 U.S. Soccer Young Athlete of the Year

Nov. 30, 2009

UCLA's Brian Perk and Sydney Leroux are nominated for the 2009 U.S. Soccer Young Athlete of the Year awards. Fans can vote for these two Bruins once a day from now until Dec. 13 at

Perk has been the top choice goalkeeper for the U.S. U-20 MNT for more than two years leading into the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Egypt, and cemented his place there during the team's run to Egypt. At this year's CONCACAF U-20 Championship, Perk starred for Thomas Rongen's squad, not allowing a single goal in four games played. With 380 minutes of shutout soccer under his belt, he stepped up his game even more in the semifinal and lifted the U.S. to victory by making two stops in the penalty shootout that ensued after a 0-0 draw. Perk rounded out his career with the U-20 MNT by posting a stingy 0.77 goals against average on the year that was helped by six shutouts in 10 international matches. At UCLA, he earned first-team All-Pac-10 honors and was selected to Top Drawer Soccer's Team of the Season (first team). He leads the Pac-10 with a goals against average of 0.79 heading into the Bruins' NCAA Quarterfinal match against Wake Forest.

To vote for Perk, CLICK HERE.

Leroux led both the U.S. U-20 Women's National Team and UCLA in scoring in 2009. The speedy forward scored six international goals for the USA, including strikes against the U-20 teams of Norway, England, Germany and Canada. The Golden Ball and Golden Shoe winner at the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Chile figures to play a key role in the USA's run to the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Germany. In her sophomore season for the Bruins, Leroux has scored a team-high 23 goals with two assists and was named to the All-Pac 10 Second Team. Her goal tally, which includes four scores in the NCAA Tournament first round win against Boise State, puts her in the top-five collegiate scorers in the country. She and the Bruins will be participating in the NCAA College Cup this weekend for the seventh-straight season.

To vote for Leroux, CLICK HERE.

The finalists for each award were nominated on the basis of: a) competing and excelling at the highest level (both at the national team and professional level) during the calendar year; b) exhibiting decorum on and off the field that reflects well on U.S. Soccer; and c) contributing toward the growth, development, credibility and popularization of soccer in the USA. A player can only win a Youth Athlete award once in his or her career.

Online votes for the annual award will be tallied and equivalent to 50 percent of the total votes. As in years past, the other 50 percent will be represented by votes compiled from members of the national media and U.S. Soccer representatives (from national team coaches to the National Board of Directors).

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