HARRISON, N.J. — Midfielder Daniel Royer has been named Red Bulls MVP as the end team announced its season awards.
Cristian Casseres Jr. was selected defensive player of the year, captain Luis Robles was chosen as humanitarian of the year and Amro Tarek was picked as Red Bulls’ newcomer of the year.
Royer, 30, had his most productive season in his fourth year with the club. He led the team with 11 goals and tied for the team-high with eight assists. The Austrian winger tallied at least 10 goals for the third consecutive season and moved into sixth all-time in Red Bulls scoring history with career 35 goals in MLS action. Across all competitions, Royer tallied 14 goals and nine assists in 30 starts and 36 games.
Following some early season production, Casseres Jr. became a mainstay in the Starting XI during the second half of the year. The 19-year-old Venezuelan midfielder recorded 183 duels won, 174 recoveries and 31 interceptions on the defensive end. He was on the field for six of New York’s nine clean sheets in MLS play. He also contributed three goals and four assists in 22 starts and 26 MLS regular-season appearances.
Casseres Jr. also featured for Venezuela’s Under-20 and U-23 squads, starting all nine matches in the U-20 South American Championship and starting in the U-23 friendly against Brazil.
Tarek, 27, was acquired from Orlando City SC via trade in December 2018. The center back made 20 appearances, including 19 starts. New York was 10-6-4 in MLS with Tarek in the lineup. The Egyptian was on the field for five of nine shutouts. Tarek scored the first goal in the 3-2 win over the LA Galaxy in May and added an assist in a 2-2 draw with Vancouver.
Robles, a finalist for MLS humanitarian of the year, continued to expand on his humanitarian efforts in 2019. In addition to monthly hospital visits and personal donations, Robles also connected with several families of children with serious illnesses, hosting them at Red Bulls Training Facility and Red Bulls matches. Robles gave the children a chance to see a day in the life of a professional athlete, but also took it upon himself to experience a day in their life, visiting their hospitals and seeing their treatment and care routines. Additional awareness was raised through a video series about the program.