Updated: Nov 7, 2019
Our 2019 Awards Week keeps rolling with voting for the 2019 Most Valuable Player. Awards will be calculated by factoring in 50% of the fan vote and 50% of the Speedway Soccer vote. Voting will close at 1PM on Thursday, November 7.
We've chosen the four candidates we feel are most qualified, but have included a write-in option. If you vote for a player we didn't include, let us know who you picked and why! Include your thoughts in the comments or hit us up on Twitter @SoccerSpeedway.
The veteran goalkeeper started the season in a rotation with Connor Sparrow, but claimed the starting role outright midway through the season. Always reliable, Pickens conceded just 18 goals in 27 matches, saving 79% of shots he faces. His 14 clean sheets and 0.64 goals against average secured him the USL Championship Golden Glove award, recognizing the best goalkeeper in the league.
Joined the team midseason on loan from FC Cincinnati after winning the 2018 USL Defender Of The Year award. Immediately slotted into the starting lineup and became a leader on the team, taking the captain's armband after a season-ending injury to Michael Reed. In addition to being a key member of the best defense in USL Championship, Lasso was a fan favorite on and off the field.
Tasked with the primary chance creation role on the team, Moloto's distribution and vision in the final third were key to Nashville's offensive production. Moloto lead the team with 10 assists and 67 chances created, and scored six goals for himself. Always smooth on the ball, Moloto was another fan favorite on and off the field.
The first ever signing for Nashville's Major League Soccer squad, Daniel Ríos more than lived up to expectations. The first ever player in USL history with back-to-back 20 goal seasons, Ríos's finishing ability was a much needed improvement for Nashville. Lead the team with 21 goals (good for second in the Golden Boot race) and appearances, playing 2,648 minutes over 33 matches. Consistently one of the best players on the pitch, and showed plenty of potential to be a valuable member of the squad in MLS next season.