San Antonio FC midfielder Jose Gallegos was named as a 2021 USL Championship Young Player of the Year finalist, the league announced today. The honor marks back-to-back seasons that the San Antonio native has been named as a finalist for the USL Championship Award.
In addition to Gallegos, Jonathan Gomez of Louisville City FC and Diego Luna of El Paso Locomotive FC were also named as finalists. The 2021 USL Championship Awards, including Young Player of the Year, were voted on by team management and a league-wide media panel that included representation from every USL market. The winner will be announced on Tuesday, Nov. 30.
Gallegos was nominated as a Finalist for a second consecutive season, after he continued to shine for San Antonio as it reached the postseason for a second consecutive season. The 20-year-old SAFC Pro Academy product recorded seven goals, three assists and 38 chances created while leading the league with 99 completed dribbles. Gallegos also won 233 duels defensively to rank seventh in the league overall with a +9.14 Goals Added mark.
San Antonio FC has now had a finalist for Young Player of the Year in three straight seasons, following Gallegos’ back-to-back nominations. In 2019, SAFC midfielder Cristian Parano won the Young Player of the Year Award, marking the third-ever SAFC player to win a USL Championship Award, following Sebastien Ibegaha (Defender of the Year) and Diego Restrepo (Goalkeeper of the Year) in 2017.