Domenec Torrent, Heber and Sean Johnson shortlisted for MLS awards


Major League Soccer today announced the finalists for the 2019 year-end awards honoring the league's top performers during the MLS regular season.
Three stand out performers from New York City's Football Club have been nominated: Sean Johnson for Goalkeeper of the Year, Héber for Newcomer of the Year, and Doménec Torrent for Coach of the Year.
This year's race for the 2019 Landon Donovan MLS MVP Award features the strongest attacking trio of the MLS season. LA Galaxy star Zlatan Ibrahimović, Atlanta United forward Josef Martínez and Los Angeles Football Club striker Carlos Vela are again vying for the honor after all three were named finalists last season. Not only do they represent the top three finishers for the 2019 Golden Boot presented by Audi, but also this group features three of the top four single-season goalscoring performances in MLS history: Vela with an MLS-record 34 goals (with 15 assists), Ibrahimović with 30 goals (and 7 assists), and Martínez - the 2018 Landon Donovan MLS MVP - with 27 goals (and 4 assists).
The Sigi Schmid MLS Coach of the Year candidates include New York City FC's Domènec Torrent and the Philadelphia Union's Jim Curtin from the Eastern Conference, and LAFC head coach Bob Bradley from the Western Conference. Torrent led NYCFC to the club's first top-place finish in the conference and a club-record 14-game unbeaten streak. Curtin helped the Union set a club record with 16 regular season wins and a third-place finish in the East (tying the organization's top conference rank achieved in 2011). Bradley led LAFC to an MLS-record 72 points, the Supporters' Shield, and home-field advantage throughout the Audi 2019 MLS Cup Playoffs in just the team's second season. Bradley is looking to become the first MLS head coach to earn the honor for three different organizations (Chicago Fire, 1998; Chivas USA, 2006) and join Bruce Arena as a three-time winner.
Among other honors, the Newcomer of the Year finalists all hail from the Eastern Conference and feature players integral toward their respective clubs advancing to the Audi 2019 MLS Cup Playoffs: New England Revolution midfielder Carles Gil (team-leading 10 goals and 14 assists), NYCFC forward Héber (team-leading 15 goals, 4 assists) and Toronto FC midfielder Alejandro Pozuelo (team-leading 12 goals and 12 assists).
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