Kingston, Ont. Sunday, October 27th, 2013 – At this year’s CSL Awards Ceremony held in Niagara Falls, the nomination sheets are laden with Kingston FC talents. A total of nine club members have been nominated for different awards, culminating in both first and second division nominations.
The First Division MVP award features three nominations from Kingston. Striker Guillaume Surot, attacking midfielder Catalin Lichioiu and central midfielder Jason Massie all received nods for the top award.
Surot notched 28 goals in his debut CSL season. The French striker led the scoring race by nine goals, and collected the CSL’s Golden Boot award in the process. Lichioiu earned 10 goals to his name, tied for ninth in league scoring. The native of Romania was a set piece specialist and contributed innumerable primary assists. Massie’s nine goals put him tied for 11th in league scoring, and the Liverpool, England product was a catalyst in building up Kingston’s attack.
Czech Republic native Jaroslav Tesar is nominated for the CSL’s Goalkeeper of the Year award. In 22 regular season contests, Tesar earned 16 wins – the most of any keeper. He earned four clean sheets in the process, and the team’s 30 goals conceded ranked third best in the CSL.
For the CSL’s Defender of the Year title, Ryan McCurdy and Joe Zupo both received nominations. In his first CSL season, Zupo played from May through to August as a centre back before returning to serve as captain of the Queen’s University Gaels for the 2013 OUA season. Returning Kingston defender McCurdy – a former professional of Bangor FC in Northern Ireland – started off as a left back and transitioned to centre back midway through August.
The CSL’s Rookie of the Year Award includes three Kingston FC nominations, including Massie, Surot and wide midfielder Kihara Waiganjo. During his first CSL season, Waiganjo notched six goals in 16 outings. In Kingston’s quarterfinal match against Serbian White Eagles, Waiganjo also potted the game-winner in extra time for the 2-1 victory.
For the CSL’s Coach of the year award, Colm Muldoon is nominated for his efforts in leading Kingston FC to a first-place finish in the regular season. He joined Kingston midway through their inaugural season in 2012, and returned to help orchestrate a remarkable turn-around campaign in 2013.
In the CSL’s Second Division Award nomination sheet, returning Kingston FC striker Mademba Ba is nominated for the league’s MVP award. Ba led the Second Division in scoring with 17 goals, capturing the league’s Golden Boot.
The CSL’s 2013 Award Ceremony takes place in Niagara Falls on Saturday, November 2nd and the award winners will be announced at the banquet.
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