San Antonio FC midfielder Cristian Parano was named a finalist for the 2019 USL Championship Young Player of the Year Award, the league announced today. Parano joins Douglas Martinez (Real Monarchs SLC) and Felipe Hernandez (Swope Park Rangers) as finalists. The winner will be announced on Wednesday, November 20.
Parano appeared in 32 games this season, playing 2,166 minutes while recording seven goals, six assists and 53 chances created. His 109 dribbles completed led the league, while his passing accuracy rate of 84.1 percent ranked fifth among SAFC players who had made at least 700 passes in 2019. In addition, the Argentina native finished runner-up in the August Player of the Month voting this year after scoring five goals and recording two assists, 15 chances created, 37 duels won and 20 successful dribbles in four August matches.
Earlier this season, Parano became the first San Antonio FC player to be featured on the 20 Under 20 list in the club’s first four seasons after he was named No. 2 in the 2019 edition of the list. Parano was the highest ranked player from the USL Championship in the list comprised of players from the Championship and USL League One.
San Antonio FC has had two players win postseason awards – both coming after the 2017 season. Defender Sebastien Ibeagha was named the Defender of the Year while Diego Restrepo earned Goalkeeper of the Year honors after a second-place finish in the Western Conference by SAFC that season.