We're continuing our 2019 Awards Week with voting for the Midfielder of the Year Award. 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 Wednesday, November 6.
Below are the candidates for 2019 Midfielder of the Year.
Racked up 2,298 minutes and appeared in 32 matches. Typically sound with the ball, completing a team high 89% of his passes, but was more aggressive with his forward passing than last season. His 74 tackles won led the team by a significant margin (the second highest total was 40), and his one goal was a memorable stoppage time winner over Charleston. Akinyode wasn't a nailed-down starter at the beginning of the year, but he took his opportunities to become a vital member of the team down the stretch.
Jones joined Nashville in early May on an MLS contract, and appeared set to become a vital member of the starting XI going forward. He looked good in his early appearances, but suffered an ankle injury in the Open Cup that kept him out for over four months. Came back into the squad towards the end of the regular season, and was one of the first options off the bench, playing in a more advanced role than before. Scored one of the goals of the season in Nashville's 3-1 playoff win over Charleston.
A crucial part of the squad's core throughout the season. Played 2,569 minutes in 31 matches, despite missing a month to injury in the summer. Normally the more aggressive passer of the midfield pairing, and his playmaking ability from deeper positions was key to Nashville's effectiveness in the final third. Finished fifth on the team in chances created, scoring two goals and assisting three. One of the most consistent performers in a Nashville jersey.
It's unfortunate that the captain's season will largely be remembered for the horrific injury he suffered against Hartford, as he was playing arguably the best soccer of his Nashville career in the preceding weeks. Accumulated 1,503 minutes in 20 matches and set up a goal before his injury. Remained consistent presence around the team and a fan favorite while recovering.