Canadian soccer fans have voted James Pantemis’s athletic save against Japan during the Toulon Tournament on June 3 as the 2018 Allstate Canadian National Teams Good Hands® Award. The save came in the 41st minute with Canada leading 1-0. On the save, Japan’s Ayase Ueda ran onto a long-range pass before unleashing a fierce strike from a sharp angle, which a well-positioned Pantemis reacted quickly to tip over the bar. The dynamic save proved important as Canada went on to earn a draw from the match, on route to a sixth place finish at the prestigious Toulon tournament in France. 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 November 20 through December 2. Allstate will present Pantemis with the Good Hands® Award trophy at a future home match.
“This past year has been one of tremendous growth for Canada’s National Teams on the international stage. Canada’s Men’s National Team had an undefeated season and the Women’s National Team qualified for the FIFA Women’s World Cup™ France 2019,” says Marcelo Regen, Vice-President Allstate Brand, Allstate Insurance Company of Canada. “In the spirt of growth it is my honour to award James Pantemis with the Allstate Good Hands® Award for his impressive athleticism during a key moment against a talented opponent. Congratulations, the future of Canada’s Men’s National Team looks bright – Canada is proud of you.”
With the presentation of the Canadian National Teams Allstate Good Hands® Award, an exciting third year of partnership between Canada Soccer and Allstate Insurance Company of Canada concludes. The multi-year partnership, which was launched in early 2016, has seen Allstate Canada and its Agents lending their support to Canadian soccer at every level, in close to 100 cities and towns.The Allstate Good Hands® Award kicks off Canada Soccer’s 2018 awards season, which is celebrating the 26th year of the Canada Soccer Player Awards that were introduced in 1993. This year’s Players of the Year will be announced from December 7-12.