Orlando City continues to pile up post-season awards. After Cyle Larin was named MLS Rookie of the Year last month, Darwin Ceren has been named the Latin Player of the Year by FutbolMLS.com. He was among 32 players nominated by the staff of FutbolMLS.com, MLSsoccer.com, UnivisionDeportes.com, and other national media outlets. Final selection also included voting by MLS fans.
Ceren led Orlando City and was 5th among all MLS players with 59.8 passes per match, and he ranked 11th in MLS with an 86.5% passing completion percentage and 3 tackles per match. Among the other players in MLS that were nominated, Darwin Ceren beat out Juninho (LA Galaxy), Jesse Gonzalez (FC Dallas), Diego Valeri (Portland Timbers), David Villa (NYCFC), and his own team captain, Kaka (Orlando City SC). Another distinction about the award this year is that Orlando City was the only MLS side with two players to reach the final round of the voting.
"I'd like to thank God for giving me this opportunity of winning the Latino del Ano award," Ceren said. "I want to thank everyone that made this possible: the fans here in Orlando and around the world who supported me." The Salvadoran also went on to say he would enjoy celebrating the award with his family.
Congratulations from The Lion's Teeth Blog, Darwin! It's a testament to your talent on the pitch and to the quality of players that the organization is bringing to play in our club and our city.
The Latino del Ano was created in 2010 by FutbolMLS.com, and selects the best Latino player in MLS based on fan voting. All MLS players born in a Latin American country, Spain, or those who were born in the United States with Hispanic heritage are eligible to be nominated for the award.