Hartman, Shea and Hernandez Earn 2011 FC Dallas Team Awards
FRISCO, Texas (Nov. 14, 2011) - Midfielder Brek Shea has earned the FC Dallas Most Valuable Player award while goalkeeper Kevin Hartman is the team's Defender of the Year, as voted by the local media.
Shea is also the team's Budweiser Golden Boot winner for his team-best 11 goals, while team captain Daniel Hernandez was named the Humanitarian of the Year, as chosen by the FC Dallas Foundation. Both Hartman and Hernandez have won their respective awards in back-to-back seasons.
A finalist for MLS Goalkeeper of the Year for the second-consecutive year, Hartman was spectacular in 2011. The all-time leader in multiple MLS goalkeeping categories, including saves (1,376), wins (171) and shutouts (106), Hartman was tabbed the MLS Player of the Month in July for his 0.66 GAA in six MLS matches. Hartman earned four clean sheets in league matches that month. He also recorded shutouts in a Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal against Real Salt Lake on July 12 and a 1-0 victory over Alianza FC in CONCACAF Champions League play on July 28.
Across all competitions, Hartman netted 18 shutouts in 2011, 13 of which came in MLS matches. He surpassed the FC Dallas club record of 11 shutouts in a season held previously by Matt Jordan (1999). Hartman ended the year tied with Salt Lake's Nick Rimando for the MLS lead in shutouts (13) this season.
FC Dallas' Humanitarian of the Year, Hernandez is an Ambassador for the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, spreading awareness of its quality of life programs. In 2011, he spoke to the staff of the Foundation in New Jersey and also accompanied the Foundation to Houston for their road show to speak to area supporters of the Foundation and tour the TIRR center at Herman Memorial.
Hernandez was a finalist for OneMan Dallas this year, which honors area residents for their commitment to the community. Actively involved in the Hispanic community, Hernandez works to inspire young Hispanic students, encouraging them to get an education and give back to their communities. Hernandez has dedicated countless hours this season to free soccer clinics for Hispanic youth through the FC Dallas Foundation.
After turning 21 in February, Shea emerged as a rising star for FC Dallas in 2011, helping the club reach the MLS Cup Playoffs despite losing 2010 MLS MVP David Ferreira to injury in April. Shea orchestrated the FC Dallas attack, supplying 11 goals and four assists while appearing in 31 games, starting 30. Shea made his U.S. Men's National Team debut on October 12, 2010 and has one assist in seven appearances this year.
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