US Soccer Hands Out First Four D2 Pro League Awards
US Soccer announced the first four of seven awards voted on by a panel of journalists comprised of members of print, television, radio and online media hailing from each of the 12 USSF D-2 Pro League clubs’ local markets, as well as the general manager and head coach of each team. (Note: the Goal Scoring Champion is based on statistics and was not decided by votes)
Goal Scoring Champion: Ryan Pore – Portland Timbers
Pore led the league in goals scored with 15 in 29 games for the Portland Timbers. He also recorded five assists for an offense that scored 34 goals over the course of the season.
Defensive Player of the Year: Greg Janicki – Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Janicki was voted Defensive Player of the Year after leading the Vancouver defense that allowed a league-low 22 goals in 30 games.
Rookie of the Year: Max Griffin – Austin Aztex
Rookie of the Year Griffin was an integral part of an Aztex team that scored a league best 53 goals. The midfielder contributed 10 of those goals and set up five in his 29 appearances on the season.
Coach of the Year: Bob Lilley – Rochester Rhinos
Lilley led the Rochester Rhinos to a first place regular season finish with 54 points and a 16-8-6 record. The Rhinos finished the year with 38 goals for and only 24 against which was good enough for a league best plus-14 goal differential, all while keeping the league’s best disciplinary record.
Best XI, MVP and Goalkeeper of the Year to be announced Thursday Oct. 21