Red Bull II defender Hassan Ndam is a finalist for United Soccer League young player of the year.
Ndam is among four players vying for the honor, including LA Galaxy II’s Efrain Alvarez, Swope Park Rangers’ Wan Kuzain and ATL UTD 2’s Andrew Carleton.
The winner will be announced Nov. 13.
Ndam continued to be one of the top young defenders in the league as he recorded 57 interceptions, 109 clearances and won 165 duels and 94 aerial duels for New York as it returned to the postseason for a fourth consecutive year.
In his first full season as a professional, Alvarez became the youngest player to record a hat-trick in the USL’s history at just 15 years of age and finished the year with 12 goals and three assists.
Carleton, a U.S. Under-20 international, impressed throughout his first full USL season as he registered two goals, two assists and 29 chances created in 14 appearances for the expansion side.
Kuzain had a standout year in helping the Rangers return to the USL Cup Playoffs for a third consecutive season as he recorded four goals and posted the fourth-highest passing accuracy rate in the league among players with more than 800 passes at 89.24 percent.