Next round of voting now open for 2012 Latino del Año

Boniek Garcia up against Fredy Montero in next round of competition

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NEW YORK – We're down to the Sweet 16.

After five days of group stage voting, fans have decided which players advance to the first knockout round of the 2012 Latino del Año, the competition that elects the top latino player in MLS as voted by the fans.

VOTE FOR BONIEK GARCIA IN THE QUARTERFINAL ROUND

The top two finishers in each of the eight groups move on to the knockout stage and the ballots were dominated by MLS' Honduran contingent.

Sporting KC midfielder Roger Espinoza leads the overall voting and captured Group F with 66.69 percent of votes, followed by his fellow catrachos Boniek García (HOU), Jerry Bengtson (NE), Víctor Bernárdez and Marvin Chávez (SJ) who also all won their respective groups.

Here are the 16 qualifiers and how they match up in the Round of 16, which is now open for voting. Ballots close on Sunday, Nov. 18 at 11:59 pm ET with quarterfinal pairings unveiled on Monday, Nov. 19.

Match 1: A1 – Osvaldo Alonso (SEA) vs. B2 – Julio César (SKC)
Match 2: B1 – Víctor Bernárdez (SJ)  vs. A2 – Carlos Valdés (PHI)
Match 3: C1 – Marvin Chávez (SJ) vs. D2 – Jairo Arrieta (CLB)
Match 4: D1 – Boniek García (HOU) vs. C2 – Fredy Montero (SEA)
Match 5: E1 – Jerry Bengtson (NE) vs. F2 – Álvaro Fernández (CHI)
Match 6: F1 – Roger Espinoza (SKC) vs. E2 – Juninho (LA)
Match 7: G1 – Marcelo Sarvas (LA)  vs. H2 – Andy Najar (DC)
Match 8: H1 – Blas Pérez (DAL) vs. G2 – Álvaro Saborío (RSL)

FINAL VOTING RESULTS — GROUP STAGE

GROUP A
1. Osvaldo Alonso (Seattle Sounders) – 40.81%
2. Carlos Valdés (Philadelphia Union) – 23.26%
3. Wilman Conde (NY Red Bulls) – 19.53%
4. Rafael Baca (SJ Earthquakes) – 16.4%

GROUP B
1. Víctor Bernárdez (SJ Earthquakes) – 52.78%
2. Julio César (Sporting KC) – 22.55%
3. Javier Morales (Real Salt Lake) – 14.28%
4. Pavel Pardo (Chicago Fire) - 10.4%

GROUP C
1. Marvin Chávez (SJ Earthquakes) – 51.8%
2. Fredy Montero (Seattle Sounders) – 27.35%
3. Omar González (LA Galaxy)-  12.77%
4. David Ferreira (FC Dallas) – 8.07%

GROUP D
1. Boniek García (Houston Dynamo) – 52.59%
2. Jairo Arrieta (Columbus Crew) – 27.88%
3. Mauro Rosales (Seattle Sounders) – 10.16%
4. Diego Chará (Portland Timbers) – 9.38%

GROUP E
1. Jerry Bengtson (NE Revolution) – 52.46%
2. Juninho (LA Galaxy) – 21.28%
3. Fabián Espíndola (Real Salt Lake) – 18.24%
4. Michael Farfán (Philadelphia Union) – 8.03%

GROUP F
1. Roger Espinoza (Sporting KC) – 66.69%
2. Álvaro Fernández (Chicago Fire) – 11.71%
3. Fabián Castillo (FC Dallas) – 11.01%
4. Jamison Olave (Real Salt Lake) – 10.59%

GROUP G
1. Marcelo Sarvas (LA Galaxy) – 44.75%
2. Álvaro Saborío (Real Salt Lake) – 29.67%
3. Oswaldo Minda (Chivas USA) – 20.93%
4. Rafael Márquez (NY Red Bulls) – 4.64%

GROUP H
1. Blas Pérez (FC Dallas) – 53.02%
2. Andy Najar (D.C. United) – 28.25%
3. Juan Pablo Ángel (Chivas USA) – 11.73%
4. Federico Higuaín (Columbus Crew) – 7%

2012 LATINO DEL AÑO REMAINING SCHEDULE
·         Monday, November 19 – Round of 16 winners announced & voting opens for quarterfinals
·         Monday, November 26 – Quarterfinal winners announced & voting opens for semifinals
·         Thursday, November 29 – Semifinal winners announced and voting opens for final
·         Monday, December 3 – 2012 Latino del Año winner is unveiled