Massive Report began giving out 2016 end-of-year honors for Columbus Crew SC and the club decided to follow suit. On Friday, the Black & Gold announced the 2016 team award winners.
Justin Meram was named the team’s Most Valuable Player
Ola Kamara won the club’s Golden Boot.
Harrison Afful is the 2016 Defender of the Year
Ethan Finlay was named the Humanitarian of the Year
The Kirk Urso Heart Award went to Hector Jimenez
Devyn Etling was named the Academy Player of the Year
There are no real surprises in this year’s awards. Perhaps the closest thing to a surprise is Afful as Defender of the Year. Although he is a key part of Crew SC in head coach Gregg Berhalter’s system, his justification for the award has more to do with his offensive play than his actual defending.
In a year when expectations are high and not met, it is hard to get excited about postseason awards. But each player will be happy with the honor when all is said and done and perhaps this will be a motivational tool next season.