The New England Revolution announced the team season award winners on Saturday. Lee Nguyen was voted Most Valuable Player with a record fan voting percentage.
Most Valuable Player: Lee Nguyen
Lee Nguyen, 28, led the Revolution in scoring with a career-high 18 goals in his third season with the club. His 18 goals are fourth in MLS, and his eight game-winning goals lead the league. Nguyen also added five assists this year and played a role in 44 percent of the goals the team scored this year. This is his second Revolution MVP award, having also won the award in 2012.
Golden Boot: Lee Nguyen
Lee Nguyen won the Revolution Golden Boot Award as the club’s top goal scorer. His 18 goals are 13 more than the closest players – Diego Fagundez and Kelyn Rowe – who each have five. This is Nguyen’s first team Golden Boot Award.
Defender of the Year: A.J. Soares
A.J. Soares, 25, started all 31 regular-season games in which he’s played and leads all defenders with two goals while also adding an assist. On average, the Revolution has conceded a full goal less with Soares starting in defense compared to when he does not while also allowing nearly four shots fewer in those contests. This is Soares’ fourth year with the club.
Humanitarian of the Year: Kelyn Rowe
Kelyn Rowe, 22, has spent 2014 promoting childhood cancer awareness in the region as an ambassador for the Jessie Rees Foundation, also known as Team NEGU (“Never Ever Give Up”). He has made multiple hospital visits around the Boston area, shot and distributed his own public service announcement, has been active on social media promoting the organization and hosted a game day experience for patient families at Gillette Stadium. In addition to his work with team NEGU, Rowe has volunteered extensively with the team’s charitable and philanthropic activities, including additional hospital visits and fundraising events.
UnitedHealthcare Youth Player of the Year: Zachary Herivaux
Zachary Herivaux, 18, is a box-to-box central midfielder and his athleticism and technical ability were a driving force behind the U18’s success as they advanced to the U.S. Soccer Development Academy Playoffs in 2013-14. Herivaux has also spent considerable time with the Revolution first team, traveling with the club to Tucson, Arizona, for preseason training in February 2014, and training with the squad during the season.
Players’ Player of the Year: A.J. Soares
A.J. Soares was voted by his teammates as the inaugural Players’ Player of the Year this season as a consistent leader on and off the field.
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