SMOKEY POINT, WA— The 2019 Western Washington Premier League Champion Snohomish County FC Steelheads today reveal two new online polls for supporters to vote for the Most Valuable Player (MVP) and Rookie of the Year for the 2019 season. The @snocofc Supporters Choice polls will be open for two weeks (August 13-27) and then the top vote getters will be revealed.
Most Valuable Player (MVP)
The guys on the ballot for MVP are all worthy candidates for such an honor. Midfielder Rio Alcorta led the Steelheads in goals and scored the match winners in 4 of Snoco FC’s 8 wins. Midfielder Carlos Rodriguez was second in goals and first in assists and made the club dangerous on the counter. Defender John Troka was super reliable on the back line and a leader by example. Defender Cade Cooke combined his long throws with excellent defense and the added ability to score and assist. Midfielder Devin Shull was a strong presence at the core of the team, scoring goals and adding assists. Fabian Panduro was asked to play all over the pitch and did so with skill and finesse.
Rookie of the Year
The Steelheads saw a big influx of young talent in 2019. The new guys were as important to the championship as the veterans. The future of the team was ready to go right away with a strong group of guys up for 2019 Rookie of the Year. Defender Cade Cooke is the only player to appear in both the MVP and RoY polls. That gives you an idea of the impression he made. He played every minute of every match in his rookie season. Midfielder Ridley Eastland-Fruit joined the Steelheads after college ended and provided refreshed energy and hustle. Goalkeeper Luke Brezak was an instantly reliable man in front of the net, making many important saves. Forward Randy Galvan showed glimpses of his ability to attack at the next level. He scored a goal and notched 2 assists. Forward Jacen Stein scored 2 goals and dished out 2 assists and gave dimension and speed to the attack. Defender Marcus Swanson went right from high school play to starting multiple matches and stopping experienced adult attackers.