Orange County SC completed their best-ever season in 2018, where they not only finished atop the Western Conference standings in the regular season but also went farther in the USL Cup Playoffs, to the Conference final, than they ever had in their history.
The dust has settled on the season, and now it’s your turn to pick the top man for the season. No joke, this isn’t an easy decision, considering how well the whole team played, but we’ve narrowed the field to six candidates and are asking for your input.
- Alex Crognale: The towering defender was part of a four-man rotation among the center backs in 2018, but he played the most minutes among that quartet, was top five on the whole team in minutes played, and scored four goals, good for a tie for fourth on the team in scoring.
- Christian Duke: Captain for most of the campaign, injuries limited him at times during the season, but the youthful veteran was still fourth on the team in minutes and offered a vital bite in central midfield, allowing the players around him to garner the headlines.
- Thomas Enevoldsen: The first Orange County player to score 20 goals in a season, the Dane also tallied 10 assists, showing he was capable of playing with his teammates as much as finishing off plays himself. A 2018 USL MVP finalist, Enevoldsen proved his quality exceeded most players in the league.
- Aodhan Quinn: Scored 12 goals and 15 assists for the season from midfield, putting him second in the league in helpers and a 2018 USL MVP finalist in the process. One of very few players in league history to score double-digits in scoring and assists in a single season, and played a vital role in getting a result in numerous games for OC.
- Andre Rawls: The starter when healthy, Rawls racked up 87 saves, seventh in the league, and 10 clean sheets for his team over the course of the season. His save percentage was 73.1, and the on-loan New York City FC goalkeeper showed he was a cut above with his play all season.
- Michael Seaton: Scored 15 goals and 7 assists between the regular season and playoffs, remarkable production considering the scoring exploits of Enevoldsen and Quinn. Seaton had the hat trick in Orange County’s first playoff win this year, just the second player in the USL’s modern era to score a playoff hat trick.
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Who was Orange County SC’s MVP in 2018
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