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.
As we enter the back half of the league slate, we open the debate regarding which rookie has made the biggest impact in their debut season.
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 has been the USL Rookie of the Year to this point.
Is your pick not on the list? Let us know on Twitter by tweeting @USL with the hashtag #USLROTY or leave a comment below.
Coming from the PDL’s Cincinnati Dutch Lions, Smith has become a fixture at fullback for Louisville this season, and currently sits tied for the league-lead with five assists. Appearing in all-but-one of Louisville’s games this season, Smith still leads the team in minutes played, while also sitting in the top 15 in the league in that category.
The Red Bulls Homegrown signing has led the side in scoring this season, and provided a strong presence against opposing defenses that has allowed the team’s attacking midfielders to find time and space of their own. In addition to leading the team in goals, Allen also leads NYRB II with 1,167 minutes of action.
The Toros have been one of the most entertaining sides to watch in the USL this season, and Casner has been a major reason why. A third-round MLS SuperDraft selection in January, the former Clemson standout has recorded a team-high four assists, while also sitting fourth on the Toros with 1,223 minutes of action to help the expansion side to a place in the playoff positions at the halfway point.
The youngest player in USL history has also been one of the best stories of the 2016 season. Davies has scored two goals in the league, but also earned starts for the Canada U20 National Team as it defeated England in an international exhibition, and appeared in all four of the Whitecaps’ games in the 2016 Amway Canadian Championship.