Despite not making the post-season this year, the Vancouver Whitecaps still had plenty to be proud about at the unveiling of their 2013 team awards. Despite a lack of team successes this season, the Whitecaps actually had some pretty amazing individual numbers, none more than striker Camilo Sanvezzo, who lead the team, and was third in the league with 19 goals going into the weekend.
Camilo snatched up most of the major awards, including The BMO Player of the Award, and the Domenic Mobilio Golden Boot trophy, awarded to the Whitecap with the most goals. It wasn't even a contest for the diminutive Brazilian, who was 11 goals clear of the next goal scorer on the list, Kenny Miller.
Carlyle Mitchell, who was put out on loan by the Whitecaps earlier this season, and had begun the year pretty darn low on the depth chart was awarded the Jock MacDonald Unsung Hero trophy, a pretty huge honor for the young center back. After looking like he would be forced to spend the season in Edmonton, Mitchell went on to start 13 matches for the Whitecaps, showing prowess in the air, as well as above average athleticism.
He may not be the most popular Whitecap to fans, but Left Back Jordan Harvey's commitment to the community was rewarded with the Humanitarian of the Year trophy, recognizing his contributions to Camp Goodtimes, BC Children's Hospital, and a visit to the Coast Salish Hope and Health Extravaganza.
Some young guns were also called up to the podium, with Marco Bustos and Rachel Jones snagging the Most Promising Player awards. Bustos scored 14 goals for the Whitecaps U18 Residency program in 2012/13, and is off to an impressive start his season, scoring 3 goals in just 5 matches. Jones is a member of the Whitecaps FC Elite Girls' Program, and also helped Team Canada to a gold medal at the 2013 Canada Games.
Finally, U16 Residency player David Norman was given a BMO RESP for his contributions to the Whitecaps over the past five years. The midfielder, from Coquitlam, was also a member Team Canada at the U15 level.
The full list of winners for you lazy readers (or 'skimmers' if that's more flattering) is below.
-BMO PLAYER OF THE YEAR: CAMILO SANVEZZO
-DOMENIC MOBILIO GOLDEN BOOT: CAMILO SANVEZZO
-JOCK MACDONALD UNSUNG HERO AWARD: CARLYLE MITCHELL
-HUMANITARIAN OF THE YEAR: JORDAN HARVEY
-MOST PROMISING PLAYERS: RACHEL JONES AND MARCO BUSTOS
-BMO RESP FOR YOUTH SOCCER PLAYER: DAVID NORMAN