21 Nov

Unflappable Solomon Asante wins USL Player of the Year Award

Ghana international Solomon Asante was named the 2019 USL Championship Most Valuable Player on Thursday, capping a season in which he became only the second player to claim both the league’s Golden Boot and Assists Champion awards and set regular-season records for assists (17) and combined goals and assists (39).

The diminutive Ghanaian had a major impact on Rising FC’s fortunes in his first season at the club in 2018, coming up one assist short of recording double-digit goals and assists during the regular season before helping lead the side to its first Western Conference title and Championship Final appearance. 
 
This season, Asante found another level, proving instrumental in Rising FC’s record-setting campaign.
 
Asante’s 22 goals included a stretch during which he recorded a goal in seven consecutive games, notching nine times over that span as well as putting up five assists. 
 
His five two-goal games led the Championship, and he earned Player of the Month honors in both June and August while leading Phoenix on an unprecedented 20-game winning streak.
 
Asante joined the elite company of two-time Championship MVP Kevin Molino, the only prior player in the league to win both the Golden Boot and Assists Champion awards in the same season, while he combined with fellow All-League First Team selection Adam Jahn and Jamaican international Junior Flemmings to record 54 combined goals, the most by a trio of teammates in the Championship’s history.
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