Half of the 2016 USL season in the books and the battle for playoff position is heating up along with the race to capture individual hardware.
With the stretch run set to unfold, we take a look at four standouts who have firmly placed their names in contention for league's Most Valuable Player award with outstanding first half performances.
Check out our four choices and then vote before polls close at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, July 11 to let us know who you think has the inside track on being named MVP at season's end.
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The Galaxy II’s captain has had a career year already at the midway point, with his 13 goals more than doubling his total from the previous two USL seasons. McBean’s play impressed so much the Galaxy signed him to a Homegrown Player contract midway through the season, which saw the 21-year-old make his first MLS appearance since 2013.
A former All-League selection in the PDL and the USL, Hoffman has taken up the scoring mantle for Louisville this season to lead the team to the best record in the league. Hoffman’s movement off the ball and nose for goal has helped Louisville record the most goals in the USL’s Eastern Conference.
The veteran forward is the only player in the USL with at least five goals and five assists - scoring or assisting on over 70 percent of the squad's strikes to this point in the year (8 G, 5 A) . When their captain has been on song, the Roughnecks have thrived, and will be looking for him to lead them up the standings in the second half.
The El Salvador international has been an instant hit for Saint Louis, with his four-goal game against Tulsa one of the signature moments of the season so far. Herrera’s power and finishing ability have pushed Saint Louis solidly in the playoff positions, and helped keep the side undefeated on home turf this season.