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USL Announces 2015 Awards Finalists

October 19, 2015 - United Soccer League Championship (USL) News Release

TAMPA, Fla. - The finalists for the 2015 USL Awards were announced on Monday, as the league revealed the nominees for five awards following the conclusion of a remarkable season on Friday night. Eastern Conference Finalist Louisville City FC and Western Conference Finalist OKC Energy FC led the way with three nominations apiece.

The 2015 USL Awards will be announced from October 26-30, alongside the 2015 USL All-League Teams. Voting was conducted by team management and a national panel of media in each USL market. Fans will also get the opportunity to vote this week, ahead of the final announcement.

The 2015 USL All-League Team will be announced on Monday, October 26.

Only one nominee returns for a second consecutive season in the same category, with the Rochester Rhinos' Bob Lilley earning nomination for Coach of the Year.

2015 USL Award Finalists

Goalkeeper of the Year - October 26 Defender of the Year - October 27

Odisnel Cooper, Charleston Battery Bryan Burke, Louisville City FC

Brandon Miller, Rochester Rhinos Shawn Ferguson, Charleston Battery

Evan Newton, OKC Energy FC Daniel Steres, LA Galaxy II

Coach of the Year - October 28 Rookie of the Year - October 29

Bob Lilley, Rochester Rhinos Brady Ballew, Tulsa Roughnecks FC

Jimmy Nielsen, OKC Energy FC Kharlton Belmar, Portland Timbers 2

James O'Connor, Louisville City FC Ken Tribbett, Harrisburg City Islanders

Steve Trittschuh, Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC

Most Valuable Player - October 30

Matt Fondy, Louisville City FC

Danni König, OKC Energy FC

Luke Vercollone, Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC

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