George Gross Memorial Trophy

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The George Gross Memorial Trophy is awarded to the most valuable player of the Canadian Soccer Championship. It is named after the late George Gross, a highly respected sports journalist who covered soccer for the Toronto Telegram and Toronto Sun.[1]

The inaugural recipient of the Trophy was Matt Jordan of the Montreal Impact, who was named MVP of the 2008 Canadian Soccer Championship after posting two clean sheets and only allowing two goals in four games, en route to Montreal's tournament victory.[2]

Dwayne De Rosario became the first Canadian winner of the Trophy in 2009 after scoring three goals in a 6-1 Toronto FC victory over Montreal in the final game of that year's tournament.[2] De Rosario became the first repeat winner in 2010.[3]

Joao Plata, an Ecuadorian Forward/Winger succeeded his former short-lived teammate and captain the following year after scoring the series-tying goal and then assisting on the championship winner in the second leg of the final, becoming the first South American trophy winner in 2011.[1][4]

Toronto FC's Ryan Johnson claimed the 2012 title scoring two of the club's four goals over the four matches.[5]

Montreal Impact's Justin Mapp was awarded the trophy in 2013 becoming the first non Toronto FC player since 2008.[6] Mapp became the second repeat winner during the 2014 tournament.[7]

Year Player Position Nationality Team
2008 Jordan , MattMatt Jordan Goalkeeper  United States Montreal Impact
2009 De Rosario, DwayneDwayne De Rosario Attacking Midfielder  Canada Toronto FC
2010 De Rosario, DwayneDwayne De Rosario Attacking Midfielder  Canada Toronto FC
2011 Plata, JoaoJoao Plata Forward  Ecuador Toronto FC
2012 Ryan Johnson Forward  Jamaica Toronto FC
2013 Mapp, JustinJustin Mapp Left Winger  United States Montreal Impact
2014 Mapp, JustinJustin Mapp Left Winger  United States Montreal Impact

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Plata wins 2011 George Gross Memorial Award". The Canadian Soccer Association. 2 July 2011. Retrieved 2 July 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "De Rosario wins George Gross Memorial Trophy". The Canadian Soccer Association. 18 June 2009. Retrieved 2 July 2011. 
  3. ^ "De Rosario wins George Gross Memorial Trophy". The Canadian Soccer Association. 2 June 2010. Retrieved 2 July 2011. 
  4. ^ "TFC wins Canadian title". Toronto Sun. 2 July 2011. Retrieved 2 July 2011. 
  5. ^ "Johnson Wins George Gross Trophy". Canadian Soccer Association. 23 May 2012. Retrieved 23 May 2012. 
  6. ^ "Justin Mapp wins 2013 George Gross Trophy". Canadian Soccer Association. 29 May 2013. Retrieved 30 May 2013. 
  7. ^ "Montreal's Mapp wins 2014 George Gross Memorial Trophy". Canadian Soccer Association. 4 June 2014. Retrieved 5 June 2014.