The Vancouver Whitecaps announced the winners of the 2015 team awards on Sunday, and Center Back Kendall Waston walked home with the big trophy. A media panel whittled the list of potential candidates down to five, then fans voted on their choice for the award. It was a bit of a surprising choice for me personally, as I thought Goalkeeper David Ousted had established himself as the club's most important player this season.
However, it's hard to argue with the selection of Waston, who has clearly established himself as a cornerstone of the franchise.
Waston was named the BMO Player of the Year, a well deserved honor for the 27 year old who is quickly establishing himself among the elite defenders of Major League Soccer.
The 27-year old centre back is fourth in the league in clearances with 187 (130 of them are headed clearances, which is second most in MLS), second in aerials won (114), 15th in the league in duels won (176), 13th in interceptions (108) and tied for 15th in blocks (18).
Waston also chipped in a goal for the 'Caps, heading in the match-winner in the 3-1 win versus San Jose Earthquakes on July 26.
His impact has been recognized around the league, evident in his three MLS Team of the Week selections for 2015.
Octavio Rivero was given the Domenic Mobilio Golden Boot award as the team's top scorer, as he lead the way with 10 goals on the year, while veteran Jordan Harvey was given the Jock MacDonald Unsung Hero Award.
Backup Goalkeeper Paulo Tornaghi was given the Humanitarian Award for his amazing dedication to charity work in Vancouver.
Kianz Froese won the Most Promising Player Award, while 15 year old Girls Elite REX Midfielder Emma Regan was also given the award.
Here's Regan's Highlights as well.
Finally, WFC 2 Midfielder Ben McKendry was named the USL's club Player of the Year.