The 2022 MLS season is at its peak, with the final two teams competing in the MLS Cup on November 5 being defined. Endless games and emotions lived all these months, defining the regular season's most outstanding players and the most brilliant plays.
Each year, the Union of 28 teams between the United States and Canada awards the highlights of the harvest in different categories, in which not only the players but also the coaching staff, the franchises and even the referees take their respective awards.
He was not only the top scorer in the Union but also one of the candidates for Most Valuable Gambler of the season (still in the race, but perhaps at a disadvantage against the other favorite: Sebastian.
Driussi). he irregularly scored 23 of 52 goals for your club (representing 44%). He was largely responsible for Nashville SC's notorious campaign, which qualified for the playoffs but was eliminated by the Los Angeles Galaxy in the first round.
On top of his goals, the German had 11 assists, surpassing his closest rivals in both lines: Daniel Gazdag (22-10) of the Philadelphia Union and Driussi (22-7) of Austin FC.
Born in Colombia, he emigrated at the age of 10 and today represents the United States (almost certainly with passage to Qatar). He was chosen as the best under-22 athlete in the entire Union. Thanks to his great season at FC Dallas, which is reflected in his team's progress: he dispatched Minnesota United in the first round. He will play in the semifinals of the Western Conference.
Performance 18 goals and six assists in 33 games (29 as a starter). He is, juxtaposed with Kenny Cooper and Jason Kreis, the franchise's highest-scoring athlete in a single season, and became only the second athlete in union history to reach 30 goals and 20 assists before his 22nd birthday.
With 32.40% of the votes, he defeated Atlanta United midfielder Thiago Almada (17.27%) and Cincinnati FC striker Brenner (8.17%).
Without him at the door, the Philadelphia Union probably wouldn't be a finalist in the Eastern Conference today. The campaign not only of the Jamaican but of his club, in general, has been remarkable. Although it is not a surprise. the son set has had high points recently.
At 31 years old, Blake had a 79.4% relief rate. He conceded just 26 goals in 34 games. He also becomes the first athlete to receive this award for the third time in his career (2016, 2020). In votes, he had 64.17%.
The second zone went to the Serbian Djordje Petrović (New England Revolution) with 4.97% and the third to the surprising Drake Callender of Inter Miami (3.95%).
Defender of the Year: Jakob Glesnes
If Blake was partly responsible for not allowing as many goals at Union, the 28-year-old Norwegian also played his part. He became the first athlete in the franchise to win this award. And he displaced Walker Zimmerman, who had hoisted it the previous two years.
He participated in the mid-year MLS All-Star Game and had a splendid 57 interceptions in the regular season. He recorded 3,060 minutes in total and received only two yellow cards.
Heritage of the Year: Pedro Gallese
The Peruvian goalkeeper, with his experience, is one of the pillars of Orlando City. This year they could get into the playoffs for the first time in their history, and he had a lot to do with it. Among his great performances, this defense stands out against Atlanta United, on July 17, in a 1-1 tie.
The victim was Dom Dwyer in the 82nd minute of the game, allowing the Florida team to overcome a point in the Mercedes-Benz arena.
With doubts about whether the main figure of Atlanta United will leave or stay, the Venezuelan left a marvel for retention. Among the nine celebrations in 26 games he has had throughout the splendid season (stopped by injuries), he showed it on this bike against the New England Revolutions in the penultimate victory.
In the 81st minute, with the match 1-0, Martínez received a cross from the right that connected first, with an acrobatic act that took the ball to the back of the net to put the temporary equalizer, although, in the end, it ended 2 - 1st courtesy of the premises.
The two referees were the best in the campaign. The first was in charge of integrity in 17 games of the campaign and received this award for the second time in his career.
The second has collaborated in 27 flock commitments and had 340 in total within the Union since its introduction in 2005.