Canadian teenagers Doneil Henry and Sabrina D’Angelo have been named Canadian U-20 Players of the Year for the 2012 soccer season. The two stars were honoured in a vote shared by national-team coaches (50%) and other Canadian coaches (50%).
Henry is a member of Canada’s men’s U-20 team, having taken part in two national U-20 camps in 2012. He also took part in one men’s national camp (he made his international “A” debut on 15 August 2012) and helped Canada’s U-23 team come within a win of qualifying for the London 2012 Olympics. On 24 March at the CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament, he scored the opening goal of a 2:0 win over USA.
Henry of Brampton, ON played his professional football for Toronto FC in 2012. He helped Toronto FC reach the semi-final stage of 2011-12 CONCACAF Champions League and then helped Toronto FC win its fourth-consecutive Amway Canadian Championship.
“Doneil should be proud of being recognised a Canadian U-20 Player of the Year,” said Nick Dasovic, Canada’s men’s U-20 coach. “I have seen him mature as a player and as a person on and off the field. His hard work, dedication and passion have been a driving force in helping him achieve this award. I wish him all the very best in achieving his ultimate dreams.”
D’Angelo was goalkeeper of Canada’s women’s U-20 team, helping Canada qualify for the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup. In March, she helped Canada win a silver medal at the CONCACAF Women’s Under-20 Championship in Panama. She earned Canada’s Player of the Match honours in the 1:0 group finale victory over Mexico. In all, she posted six clean sheets in 2012, including a 6:0 win over Argentina at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Japan 2012.
D’Angelo of Welland, ON also earned two call-ups to Canada’s national “A” team in 2012. At the college level with University of South Carolina, she started 14 matches and posted three clean sheets. She also earned Second Team All-SEC honours.
“Sabrina couldn’t be more deserving of this honour,” said Andrew Olivier, Canada’s women’s U-20 coach. “Her performances throughout the CONCACAF Championship and FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup speak for themselves. The composure and consistency she continously showed were those of a mature goalkeeper beyond her years, so her inclusion in the national “A” team environment didn’t come as a surprise. I would like to wish her much success in the next steps of her career.”
On Friday 7 December, the Canadian Soccer Association announced Brendon McAdam as the first-ever Canadian Para Soccer Player of the Year. Then on Sunday, the Association announced Marco Carducci and Ashley Lawrence as the 2012 Canadian U-17 Players of the Year. Coming up on Tuesday (female) and Wednesday (male), the Association will announce the 2012 BMO Canadian Players of the Year.
CANADIAN U-20 PLAYERS OF THE YEAR
2012 – Doneil Henry & Sabrina D’Angelo
2011 – Ashtone Morgan & Amelia Pietrangelo
2010 – Ethan Gage & Jonelle Filigno
2009 – Nana Attakora & Chelsea Stewart
2008 – Nana Attakora & Jonelle Filigno
2007 – Asmir Begovic & Sophie Schmidt
2006 – David Edgar & Jodi-Ann Robinson
2005 – Ryan Gyaki & Kara Lang
2012 FINAL LIST
Male Nominees (born 1993 or later) from the Men’s U-20 team
1. Doneil Henry (37.8)
2. Samuel Piette (35.4)
3. Bryce Alderson (10.9)
3. Keven Aleman (10.9)
5. Ricky Gomes (4.2)
6. Jon Dollery (0.7)
Female Nominees (born 1992 or later) from the Women’s U-20 team
1. Sabrina D’Angelo (35.4)
2. Shelina Zadorsky (30.9)
3. Danica Wu (11.2)
4. Jenna Richardson (10.4)
5. Adriana Leon (10.1)
6. Christabel Oduro (1.4)