Toronto FC midfielder Alejandro Pozuelo has been named as a finalist for the 2019 Major League Soccer Newcomer of the Year award, MLS announced Monday. The Newcomer of the Year is awarded to a player with previous professional experience who made his MLS debut this season.
Pozuelo, 28, was signed by the Reds on March 4 as a Designated Player. He appeared in 30 league matches in 2019, registering a club-leading 12 goals and 12 assists. He was named to the 2019 MLS All-Star Game where he earned a starting role against Atlético Madrid. In addition, he was named MLS Player of the Week for Week 8 and was named to the MLS Team of the Week five times. Pozuelo made his MLS debut on March 29 against New York City FC, scoring two goals and adding an assist in a 4-0 victory for the Reds.
Joining Pozuelo as finalists are Carles Gil (New England Revolution) and Héber (New York City FC). MLS will announce the winner on Wednesday, October 16.