USL PRO has announced the finalists for its 2011 awards honoring the Most Valuable Player, Rookie of the Year, Defender of the Year, Goalkeeper of the Year and Coach of the Year from the 2011 season. The winners will be announced at Friday’s awards ceremony prior to the 2011 USL PRO Championship Game in Orlando, Florida.
Orlando City, which will face the Harrisburg City Islanders in Saturday night’s USL PRO Championship Game (7 p.m. ET, FOX Soccer), has four individuals named to the list of finalists. The Wilmington Hammerheads have three finalists competing for awards, while the Richmond Kickers and F.C. New York each have two.
Votes for the USL PRO honors are submitted by USL PRO team management, and finalists are determined based on total All-League votes.
2011 USL PRO Award Finalists
Coach of the Year
Leigh Cowlishaw, Richmond Kickers
Adrian Heath, Orlando City
David Irving, Wilmington Hammerheads
Defender of the Year
Gareth Evans, Wilmington Hammerheads
Rob Valentino, Orlando City
William Yomby, Richmond Kickers