November 4, 2016
THE CINCINNATI KID
USL names Okoli its MVP after Red Bulls II's Allen
TAMPA, Fla. - FC Cincinnati forward Sean Okoli was named the USL Most Valuable Player, adding to the Golden Boot he previously claimed as the league's leading scorer in the club first season, the league announced Friday.
The 23-year-old recorded three multi-goal games and claimed the USL Golden Boot with 16 goals in the regular season, edging out fellow All-league first team selections Brandon Allen of the Red Bulls II, who also was rookie of the year, and the LA Galaxy II's Jack McBean.
"It was a very fun season for me, especially coming from where I was the last two years," Okoli said. "I wasn't getting much playing time, and to have the situation at Cincinnati, playing in front of all the fans and playing attacking soccer, I couldn't ask for more."
Okoli enjoyed a standout season for the expansion side, recording a memorable highlight in FC Cincinnati's first home game at Nippert Stadium with a scissor-kick finish that earned the No. 4 position on ESPN's SportsCenter that night. The former Seattle Sounders FC and New England Revolution forward was a consistent threat for the side as he appeared in 29 regular season contests, finishing third on the team in minutes.
The USL awards were voted on by team management and a league-wide media panel that included representation from every USL market. Voting was conducted following the conclusion of the regular season.