TAMPA, Fla. – The United Soccer League announced today FC Cincinnati forward Sean Okoli had been voted the 2016 USL Most Valuable Player, adding to the 2016 USL Golden Boot he previously claimed as the league’s leading scorer in FC Cincinnati’s inaugural season.
The 2016 USL Awards were voted on by team management and a league-wide media panel that included representation from every USL market. Voting was conducted following the conclusion of the 2016 USL regular season.
“It was a very fun season for me, especially coming from where I was the last two years,” Okoli said. “I wasn’t getting much playing time, and to have the situation at Cincinnati, playing in front of all the fans and playing attacking soccer, I couldn’t ask for more.”
Okoli had a standout season for the expansion side, recording a memorable highlight in FC Cincinnati’s first home game at Nippert Stadium with a scissor-kick finish that earned the No. 4 position on ESPN’s SportsCenter that night. The former Seattle Sounders FC and New England Revolution forward was a consistent threat for the side as he appeared in 29 regular season contests, finishing third on the team in minutes.
The 23-year-old notched three multi-goal games and claimed the USL Golden Boot with 16 goals in the regular season, edging out fellow All-League First Team selections Brandon Allen of the New York Red Bulls II – the 2016 USL Rookie of the Year – and the LA Galaxy II’s Jack McBean.
2016 USL Awards
Goalkeeper of the Year: Mitch Hildebrandt, FC Cincinnati
Defender of the Year: Aaron Long, New York Red Bulls II
Coach of the Year: John Wolyniec, New York Red Bulls II
Rookie of the Year: Brandon Allen, New York Red Bulls II
Most Valuable Player: Sean Okoli, FC Cincinnati