2022 Allstate Good Hands® Award
Award recognizes the top save by a Canadian goalkeeper in international play
Canadian soccer fans across the nation voted for Milan Borjan’s outstanding save following a corner kick against the USA in FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ Qualifiers as the winner of the 2022 Allstate Canadian National Teams Good Hands® Award.
The save was made in the 42nd minute of a crucial qualifying match at Hamilton’s Tim Hortons Field and played a key part in helping Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team earn a critical 2:0 win over their North American rivals on the road to Canada’s historic qualification to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.
With Canada leading 1-0, USA earned a corner kick which was delivered into Canada’s penalty area into the path of a USA attacker. The ball was quickly directed towards the goal off the head of USA’s Weston McKennie, forcing Borjan to make a split-second save. While standing on his line, Borjan jumped straight up and stretched to stop the ball and clear it away from Canada’s goal, prompting epic celebration scenes on the pitch and in the stands.
The Allstate Good Hands® Award, which recognizes the top save by a Canadian National Team goalkeeper during international play, was chosen by fans during the online voting period which ran from 9 to 16 December 2022. Allstate will present Borjan with the 2022 Good Hands® Award at a future National Team home match.
“It has been an incredible year for Canadian soccer. Our country was united when we cheered on Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team as they competed for the first time in 36 years at the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™! Experiencing that energy as Canadians young and old in communities large and small from coast-to-coast supported our home team is exactly why Allstate is a proud supporter of Canada Soccer”, said Lisa McWatt, Vice President, Customer Experience & Communication, Allstate Canada. “Soccer is the number one participatory sport among Canadian youth. It brings together the communities where we live and work and that’s something we want to support.”
“On behalf of Allstate, we’re honoured to recognize and congratulate Milan Borjan with the 2022 Allstate Good Hands® Award. I know that Canadians are proud of how you represent Canada on the international stage, and we look forward to what the future holds for you”, said McWatt.
“The buzz around Canadian soccer is undeniable, and I have no doubt that Canadians will rally again as we look towards the FIFA Women’s World Cup™ in July 2023 to root for Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team as they compete for glory”, added McWatt.
With the presentation of the Canadian National Teams Allstate Good Hands® Award, an exciting seventh year of partnership between Canada Soccer and Allstate Insurance Company of Canada is completed. The partnership, continuing into 2024, with Allstate Canada and its Agents committed to continuing their support of Canadian soccer at every level, in close to 100 communities nation-wide.
The Allstate Good Hands® Award is part of Canada Soccer’s 2022 awards season, which is celebrating the 30th year of the Canada Soccer Player Awards that were introduced in 1993.
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