Awards: 2018 USL
Defender of the Year: Forrest Lasso, FC Cincinnati
Goalkeeper of the Year: Maxime Crepeau, Ottawa Fury
Coach of the Year: Alan Koch, FC Cincinnati
Young Player of the Year: Efrain Alvarez, LA Galaxy II
Most Valuable Player: Announced Nov. 14.
Alvarez, whom the Galaxy has signed to an MLS contract, is considered the top young prospect under contract to an MLS club. He scored 12 goals at a rate of a goal every 103.25 minutes, the second best in the USL behind Louisville City's Cameron Lancaster among players with 10 or more goals.
He became the youngest USL player to score a hat trick with three goals against Saint Louis FC on May 9, and then repeated the feat four months later against the Real Monarchs.
“I am honored to be named USL’s Young Player of the Year,” said Alvarez. “I am very grateful for the coaches and teammates that have helped me get to this point in my career. I’m looking forward to an even better season next year.”
Alvarez, who plays for Mexico's U-17 national team after switching from the USA's U-15s, beat out Hassan Ndam of the New York Red Bulls II, ATL UTD 2’s Andrew Carleton and the Swope Park Rangers’ Wan Kuzain. All three are also signed to MLS contracts.