Ghana international and Phoenix Rising FC captain, Solomon Asante, has been voted the Most Valuable Player of the 2020 United Soccer League Championship for the second season running, becoming the second player to claim the award twice in the history of the league.
A total of 24 players received a vote for the 2020 Most Valuable Player.
Asante received 22% of the overall vote for this year’s award.
Louisville City forward Cameron Lancaster came in second with 15%, while the Charlotte Independence forward Dane Kelly finished third with 7%.
Reacting to the honour, the 30-year-old winger said he’s overwhelmed and dedicated the award to the club, fans and family.
“I’m overwhelmed,” Asante said in a press release, as quoted by arizonasports.com. “This year and season did not go as planned but together as a team, we stood by each other to ensure the joy of the game prevailed.
“This award is dedicated to the entire team, our board of directors and our amazing fanbase. My family and friends… I say thank you so much.”
According to Opta Solomon Asante leads the Championship with 42 chances created in the regular season and ties for the league-leading nine major chances created.
Former TP Mazembe player also ended fourth in the league with 23 shots on target and sixth in the league with 52 shots on goal.
Asante gained 22 percent of the vote to win the title. Cameron Lancaster of Louisville City FC finished second at 15%, while Dane Kelly of Charlotte Independence finished third at 7%. Twenty-four players earned votes for the award in total.
Solomon Asante joined the USA second-tier side from DR Congo giants TP Mazembe and his current contract with Rising expires this month.
He becomes the first player to win it back to back in the history of the competition.
Asante also becomes just the second player in USLC history to receive the award for a second time, joining the likes of Minnesota United forward Kevin Molino (2012 and 2014 MVP).
After leading USL Championship with nine assists, the former Berekum Chelsea star became the first player in league history to be the Assists Champion in back-to-back seasons.
Asante also led USL with 42 chances created and his nine big chances finished tied for the league lead.
With his six goals in the 2020 campaign, the forward became just the second player in league history to accumulate 40 goals and 30 assists.
He has however managed to surpass that feat with 41 goals and 35 assists in just three seasons in Phoenix (78 matches).