Adrian Cann

Cann Caps Of A Great First Year

Toronto FC defender Adrian Cann has been named the club’s Most Valuable Player for 2010. Cann, 30, made 26 appearances in his first season with his hometown team and produced consistently strong performances in the heart of the defence.

Cann signed with Toronto after a successful preseason trial and made his debut in the 2-1 win against Philadelphia Union at BMO Field on April 15. He was a starter in all 26 of his MLS appearances.

“I am honoured to receive the award,” said Cann. “It is a surprise to me because a lot of players had a very good year. It was great to be back playing at home this year with lots of support from my family and friends. The fans have been incredible and nothing compares to them in MLS.”

Cann was originally drafted 16th overall in the 2004 MLS SuperDraft by the Colorado Rapids and also played for Montreal Impact and Vancouver Whitecaps. Prior to moving to Toronto, he spent two years playing in Europe with Danish team Esberg FB.

Goalkeeper Stefan Frei has been named Toronto FC’s 2010 Humanitarian of the Year, an award recognizing his commitment to working in the community.

“Toronto FC is more than just a football club. We represent the community and the city,” said Frei. “It is not just about performing on the pitch; we also have a responsibility off it as well. Everyone is part of the club and it is important that we stay connected and work together.”

Toronto FC captain Dwayne De Rosario is the Golden Boot winner after finishing as the team’s top goal scorer with a career high 15 regular season goals.

The awards were presented at Toronto FC’s 90th Minute Party in downtown Toronto on Wednesday night as part of the build up to Sunday’s MLS Cup at BMO Field. The League’s Championship match between FC Dallas and Colorado Rapids kicks off at 8:30 p.m. ET and will be broadcast in Canada live on TSN2.