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Barnes, Boggs up for League Honors

On Monday, the Revolution’s Darrius Barnes and Zak Boggs were named as finalists for year-end MLS awards for their efforts on and off the field in 2011.

Barnes is a finalist for the XBOX 360 Fair Play Award, which is given to the MLS player who, based on objective criteria such as fouls committed, cards received, games & minutes played, as well as subjective evaluation of sportsmanlike behavior, conducts himself in a professional manner on the pitch.

In 2011, the versatile defender, who split time across the backline in 28 games, committed only 14 fouls on the season and was cautioned just once. The other two finalists for the Award are Colorado’s Kosuke Kimura and Philadelphia’s Sebastien Le Toux. The winner will be announced on November 8th.

Boggs, who was named a co-winner of the Revolution’s 2011 Humanitarian of the Year along with Matt Reis, is a finalist for the MLS W.O.R.K.S Humanitarian of the Year Award for his work at Children’s Hospital Boston, where he works with Dr. Marsha Moses in cancer research.

The midfielder’s work in the cancer research field began in 2010, after a season-ending concussion kept him off the pitch, thus affording him the opportunity to work alongside Dr. Moses. Also named as finalists were Houston’s Brad Davis and San Jose’s Chris Wondolowski. The winner will be announced on November 9th.

The last Revolution player to win the league’s Fair Play Award was midfielder Steve Ralston, who earned the honor in 2009. Former Revolution center back Michael Parkhurst was the last player from the local XI to pick up the Humanitarian of the Year Award back in 2006.

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