Major League Soccer announced the winners of two more postseason awards Wednesday, and both went to Portland Timbers players.
Argentine midfielder Diego Valeri and Jamaican goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts both received honors.
Valeri, who led MLS with 13 assists and finished as Portland's top goalscorer, was voted the 2013 MLS Newcomer of the Year by media, MLS players and MLS management. He's the third consecutive Argentine player to be named Newcomer of the Year, following Seattle's Mauro Rosales (2011) and Columbus forward Federico Higuain (2012).
Valeri received 72 percent of the vote. That's far ahead of the runners up Jose Goncalves of New England (6 percent) and Nigel Reo-Coker of Vancouver (6 percent).
Ricketts, meanwhile, received the 2013 Goalkeeper of the Year award for the second time in his career. Ricketts logged 10 of Portland's MLS single-season record 11 home shutouts during the regular season, and his 14 clean sheets are tied for the most shutouts in a single season for a Timbers goalkeeper across all eras.
He received 51 percent of the vote for the postseason award. Nick Rimando of Real Salt Lake finished second with 22 percent of the vote.
Allstate Goalkeeper of the Year Winners:
2013: Donovan Ricketts – Portland Timbers
2012: Jimmy Nielsen – Sporting Kansas City
2011: Kasey Keller – Seattle Sounders FC
2010: Donovan Ricketts – LA Galaxy
2009: Zach Thornton – Chivas USA
2008: Jon Busch – Chicago Fire
2007: Brad Guzan – Chivas USA
2006: Troy Perkins – D.C. United
2005: Pat Onstad – San Jose Earthquakes
2004: Joe Cannon – Colorado Rapids
2003: Pat Onstad – San Jose Earthquakes
2002: Joe Cannon – San Jose Earthquakes
2001: Tim Howard – MetroStars
2000: Tony Meola – Kansas City Wizards
1999: Kevin Hartman – LA Galaxy
1998: Zach Thornton – Chicago Fire
1997: Brad Friedel – Columbus Crew
1996: Mark Dodd – Dallas Burn
MLS Newcomer of the Year Winners:
2013: Diego Valeri – Portland Timbers
2012: Federico Higuaín – Columbus Crew
2011: Mauro Rosales – Seattle Sounders FC
2010: Alvaro Saborío – Real Salt Lake
2009: Fredy Montero – Seattle Sounders FC
2008: Darren Huckerby – San Jose Earthquakes
2007: Luciano Emilio – D.C. United
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