FC Cincinnati name Kenney Walker 2017 team MVP
It was Corben Bone in 2016, and in 2017, Kenney Walker has been named FC Cincinnati's MVP.
The star midfielder was tied for eighth with 27 appearances for FCC throughout 2017. Walker was one of the teams most active players while on the pitch. He led the team with 1,443 passes and was a force in the midfield.
FCC's official release put together the array of accomplishments for Walker this season.
"Walker, a key play-maker for FCC, started in 26 of 27 appearances. The team-leader with seven assists, Walker also logged a pair of goals. He was voted to the USL Team of the Week three times in 2017, including grabbing a Player of the Week nod after scoring a goal and two assists in the final home game, a 4-2 win, against New York Red Bulls II."
Walker is one of the four players that the club expressed their contract option on. He is just one of nine players that are guaranteed to be returning to the club in 2018.
Walker ended up with two goals in 2017, and both were outside the box. His long-passing and set-piece shooting are hard to replicate. He has been a vital asset for this team's midfield, which is one of the key reasons that FCC decided to express the option on his contract. Walker also ended the season leading the team in yellow cards with eight.
For now, the 2016 MVP and 2017 MVP are both midfielders. If this has any real implication, it could be just how valuable FCC views their mids. Moving forward, Bone and Walker should combine to pose another strong midfield presence in 2018.
Here's a perfect example of Walker's excellence. Often times, he was only one creating chances in the midfield, and he sets up Djiby for one of his 12 goals on this beautiful ball.
GOAL ALERT: An insane pass by Kenney Walker sets up Djiby for his ninth USL goal. pic.twitter.com/XARhDJCNIv— Bailey Banter (@BaileyBanterFC) July 9, 2017