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LAFC’s Vela, Kaye, Zimmerman, Bradley finalists for 2019 MLS awards

Don’t be surprised to see some black-and-gold winners, too.

MLS: Los Angeles FC at D.C. United Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Four people from Los Angeles Football Club were included as finalists for the 2019 MLS awards, announced by the league on Monday.

Carlos Vela is a finalist for MLS MVP, the second year he is a finalist. This time around, he’s the favorite to capture that award, after breaking the MLS single-season scoring mark and leading LAFC to the Supporters’ Shield, vying for it with Atlanta United’s Josef Martinez and LA Galaxy’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Walker Zimmerman is a finalist for MLS Defender of the Year, helping lead LAFC to the fewest goals conceded for the season, just 37. He’s a finalist alongside Minnesota United’s Ike Opara and Atlanta United’s Miles Robinson.

Meanwhile, midfielder Mark-Anthony Kaye is a finalist for Comeback Player of the Year, described by the league as a “player who has overcome injuries and/or adversity in order to achieve success during the 2019 regular season.” Kaye came back from a broken ankle last year, and he’ll contend for that award with the Seattle SoundersJordan Morris (torn ACL in 2018) and the Philadelphia Union’s Kacper Przybylko (foot injuries nearly ended his career before joining the Union).

Last but not least, LAFC head coach Bob Bradley is a finalist for the Sigi Schmid MLS Coach of the Year award, after winning the Supporters’ Shield, breaking the points record, breaking the record for largest positive goal difference, tied the record for scoring the most goals and had probably the style of soccer most pleasant to watch. His fellow finalists are New York City FC’s Dome Torrent and Philadelphia Union’s Jim Curtin.

Awards will be announced this week through the week leading up to MLS Cup on Nov. 10. You can count on LAFC getting some individual hardware, we’ll just see how much they end up with. But congrats to all on the finalist selections!

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