TAMPA, Fla. – FC Cincinnati midfielder Emmanuel Ledesma was voted the USL player of the month for September, it was announced Thursday.
The former Cosmos standout recorded three goals and five assists to help lead FCC to its first silverware in club history, the United Soccer League regular season championship, while also setting the league’s season record for assists in its modern era.
Ledesma continued what has been an excellent individual season with five assists in Cincinnati’s opening three games of the month, with his three-assist outing in the club’s 4-3 victory against Toronto FC II moving him to 15 assists for the season to surpass the mark of 12 assists held by Reno 1868 FC’s Chris Wehan (2017) and Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC’s Matt Dallman (2013).
He added three goals over the remainder of the month, including a two in the 4-1 victory over the Richmond Kickers Sept. 26 that clinched the regular season championship for the club.
“Obviously, this means a lot to me, I work hard every single day,” Ledesma said. “But as I always say, this is a team award. It’s a lot of teamwork and a lot of hard work. It should be team of the month, not player of the month. But, I want to say thank you to my teammates who [have put me in this situation]. They have given me the opportunity to win the player of the month.”
Ledesma received 51 percent of a weighted poll that included the USL technical committee, a national panel of independent media representing every USL market and an online fan vote held at USLSoccer.com.
Orange County SC’s Aodhan Quinn and the Swope Park Rangers’ Hadji Barry finished tied for second with 16 percent apiece after Quinn recorded four goals and four assists to lead OCSC to the top of the Western Conference. Barry scored in all five Rangers games over the month to set a USL record for consecutive games with a goal, a streak that reached eight games.
USL Player of the Month – September
|Nominee||Fan Vote||Weight||Media Vote||Weight||USL Vote||Weight||Total Vote|
|Emmanuel Ledesma (CIN)||56%||29%||23%||6%||66%||17%||51%|
|Aodhan Quinn (OC)||8%||4%||31%||7%||17%||4%||16%|
|Hadji Barry (SPR)||8%||4%||31%||7%||17%||4%||16%|
|Josh Cohen (SAC)||26%||13%||0%||0%||0%||0%||13%|
|Tsubasa Endoh (TOR)||2%||1%||15%||4%||0%||0%||5%|