George Gross Memorial Trophy
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.
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.
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. De Rosario became the first repeat winner in 2010.
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.
|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||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|
|2015||Teibert, RussellRussell Teibert||Midfielder||Canada||Vancouver Whitecaps FC|
|2016||Cheyrou, BenoîtBenoît Cheyrou||Midfielder||France||Toronto FC|
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- "TFC wins Canadian title". Toronto Sun. July 2, 2011. Retrieved July 2, 2011.
- "Johnson Wins George Gross Trophy". Canadian Soccer Association. May 23, 2012. Retrieved May 23, 2012.
- "Justin Mapp wins 2013 George Gross Trophy". Canadian Soccer Association. May 29, 2013. Retrieved May 30, 2013.
- "Montreal's Mapp wins 2014 George Gross Memorial Trophy". Canadian Soccer Association. June 4, 2014. Retrieved June 5, 2014.