By JJ Stankevitz
Dominic Oduro was named the Fire's most valuable playerBudweiser Golden Boot recipient as voted on by local media and the Fire's technical staff, while Cory Gibbs was named the team's defender of the year and Steven Kinney received the Fire Humanitarian of the Year award. The trio will be honored before Saturday's season finale against Columbus.
After being acquired by the Fire from Houston in late March, Oduro netted 12 goals for the Fire, tied for the fifth-highest total in MLS. Gibbs was a rock on the back line for the Fire and scored the squad's only goal in a July 23 friendly against English Premier League powerhouse Manchester United.
Kinney missed the entire 2011 season due to an Achilles' injury, but was recognized for his work with the Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago.
The Fire were officially eliminated from the playoffs Thursday night when New York defeated Philadelphia 1-0.