BIRMINGHAM, AL (Oct. 28, 2019) – Birmingham Legion FC announced today that #10 Prosper Kasim has won the 2019 Golden Boot award and #5 Mikey Lopez has been named 2019 Defender of the Year.
Kasim, 22, led Legion FC in appearances (35), starts (34), and minutes played (2,845), across the 2019 USL Championship Regular Season and Playoffs. He won Golden Boot as the team-leader in goals scored in the regular season with seven. He was tied with forward JJ Williams, but the first, official tiebreaker is assists, where Kasim outpaced his teammate by two.
Birmingham’s #10 also was first on the team in shots (59) and chances created (53), was tied for fifth in assists, was third in passes (1057), was tied for fourth in interceptions (30), was fifth in tackles (49), and threw in 11 clearances and an 80.4% passing completion percentage for good measure.
Lopez, 26, took the field wearing the captain’s armband for most of the season, and his versatility was readily on display as he played all across the midfield, as well as at right back. He finished the year tied for fourth on the team in appearances (30), fourth in starts (28), and fourth in minutes played (2,390). He was also first on the team in passes (1256), sixth in goals (3) and shots (17), seventh in chances created (22), sixth in clearances (50), second in interceptions (46) and first in tackles (85).
Four more 2019 Team Awards will be announced this week, including Newcomer of the Year, Community Award, Magic City Brigade Fans’ Choice Award, and MVP, as voted by the players.