Angel named team MVP for third straight year
October 26, 2009 (Official Press Release)
The New York Red Bulls announced their 2009 Team Awards today. Forward Juan Pablo Angel took home the team's Most Valuable Player and Golden Boot for the third-straight year after recording a team-high 12 goals.
Angel, New York's Designated Player who broke the club's record for goals scored in all competitions with 46 on Sept. 26, started and played in a career-high 25 matches for the Red Bulls, and also recorded two assists. The Colombian forward also led the team in shots (81) and shots on goal (37). Angel has been the league's most productive scorer in the past three seasons, tallying a MLS-high 45 regular season goals in 72 games.
In his second stint with New York, defender Mike Petke won the club's Defender of the Year award. After being acquired by the Red Bulls on November 26, 2008, from the Colorado Rapids, Petke went on to play 19 games for New York. Petke is the Red Bulls' all-time leader in games played (153), minutes played (13,013), and games started (147). The Bohemia, NY native also moved into the Top-10 all-time in MLS history in minutes played on Sept. 26.
Defender/midfielder Jeremy Hall earned the club's Young Player of the Year award, given to the team's standout performer who is 25 years old or younger. In his rookie season, The Red Bulls' first round pick (11th overall) in the 2009 MLS SuperDraft out of the University of Maryland featured in 24 of 30 regular season games and recorded one assist. Originally an attacking midfielder in college, Hall played most of the season at right back, while also starting at left back and in the midfield at the end of the season.
Former Real Madrid and FC Barcelona midfielder Albert Celades won the Newcomer of the Year award, honoring players competing in their first year in MLS. Celades signed with New York on March 11 and contributed one goal and four assists in 17 games. He announced his retirement from professional soccer on October 23.
Midfielder Seth Stammler won the Red Bulls' USSF Humanitarian of the Year award for the third year running. Stammler has continued to build his charitable organization, Sporting Chance Foundation -- a nonprofit designed to provide clean water wells and academic scholarships for the people of Haiti. This year, Stammler and SCF helped build a well that provides potable water for almost 10,000 Haitians.