Updated: Nov 4, 2019
With Nashville SC's 2019 USL Championship season ended, we're kicking off our Awards Week with voting for the Defender of the Year. Awards will be calculated by factoring in 50% of the fan vote and 50% of the Speedway Soccer vote. Voting will close at 2PM on Tuesday, November 6. Below are the candidates for 2019 Defender of the Year.
Made 16 appearances for the Boys In Gold, playing 1,207 minutes and scoring one goal. After being a regular starter in 2018, he found playing time harder to come by with the signings of Ken Tribbett, Jimmy Ockford and Forrest Lasso.
28 appearances for Nashville SC, playing 2,140 minutes. Finished second on the team in assists, setting up six goals. Made the left back role his own and was a consistent threat with his set piece delivery. Led defenders with 42 tackles won, and played as both a left back and center back.
A fixture at right back over the first half of the season. Made 20 appearances and played 1,511 minutes. Chipped in with a rare goal, and was a member of the coaching staff in addition to his duties as a player.
Struggled to win the starting right back job from Kosuke Kimura at the start of the year, but made the position his own towards the end, making 23 appearances and playing 1,856 appearances. Lead the team with 14 blocks, and spent time at center back as well as his preferred right back role.
Joined the team midseason on loan from FC Cincinnati of Major League Soccer. Immediately became a fixture in the starting lineup, playing 1,235 minutes in 14 appearances. Found the back of the net once and took the captain's armband after Michael Reed's injury.
Joined on loan from San Jose Earthquakes over the summer, and like Lasso immediately claimed a first-choice role. Played 1,422 minutes in 16 matches and scored two goals, including a last-minute winner over Louisville City FC.
A new offseason addition, Tribbett was a fixture in the lineup and formed the first choice centerback pairing for the first half of the season. Struggled with injuries towards the back end of the year, but still managed 2,036 minutes over 25 matches. Moved into a midfield role after the season ending injury to Reed, and was incredibly productive in the final third, scoring four and assisting two.
Spent plenty of time as the first choice left back, and carved out a role for himself on the wings after Davis reclaimed the fullback spot. Played 2,144 minutes over 29 matches. Finished third on the team with four assists and 46 chances created.