M2 awards MVP, GK, Defender and Coach of the Year
Major Arena Soccer League 2 is wrapping up its 2022-23 season with the announcement of its four most prestigious individual honors, including Most Valuable Player, Coach of the Year, Defender of the Year and Goalkeeper of the Year.
MOST VALUABLE PLAYER, MIGUEL REYES, AMARILLO BOMBERS -- Reyes was the tied as M2's leading scorer on the league's most prodigious offense this year, helping Amarillo post a 10-2 record, tied for best in the league with Wichita and the Chihuahua Savage II who won the league championship earlier this month. Reyes scored 25 goals and added 23 assists for 48 points. His assists total was best in MASL 2. It was a true breakout season for Reyes, who has appeared in all four seasons the Bombers have been in M2, scoring 13 goals in 11 games last year. In his career he has 77 points in 38 regular season games. He also had five points in three playoff games. Reyes' best stretch came late in the season when he had 11 goals in two games against Colorado and New Mexico.
DEFENDER OF THE YEAR, KEVIN TEN EYCK, WICHITA WINS -- There is no player for the iconic franchise that fans more closely identify with than Ten Eyck, who has now played in 68 games for Wichita between 2011 and 2015, before rejoining the newest version of the Wings in 2019. This past season he had 20 blocked shots to go along with 10 goals and 12 assists after coming off a 2021-22 campaign which saw him score 13 goals and add 13 assists. Over the past four years Ten Eyck -- whose family was season ticket holders for the Wings when he was growing up -- has appeared in 77 regular season games with 37 goals, 45 assists and 78 blocked shots. He also has four goals in four Wings playoff games.
GOALKEEPER OF THE YEAR, AARON PARROTT, WICHITA WINGS -- The Wings surged late, winning seven in a row to tie for the best regular season record in the league, with Parrott turning in a goals against average of 5.01, second best in M2. He was a perfect 7-0 in goal, and had the second best save percentage in the league at .781. His best performance came on March 11, allowing just one goal to the New Mexico Runners in one half of play. He allowed just three goals against the Kansas Bandits late in the year, in playing the full 60 minutes. His seven wins was tied for second best in M2 this past season as well.
COACH OF THE YEAR, CHAD WEBB, AMARILLO BOMBERS -- The Bombers just finished their fourth season in MASL 2, and have never been below .500 in any of those seasons. But this season was extraordinary, with a 10-2 record and 146 goals scored, 22 more than any other team in M2. Webb has been the coach of the Bombers in all four seasons. He is also the head women's soccer coach at West Texas A&M. He also had the pleasure of coaching his teenage son Sam, 15, who appeared in five games for Amarillo this year, scoring four goals and adding one assist.
Next up for M2 is the second straight year of joint meetings with the leadership and owners from the Major Arena Soccer League in early June in Milwaukee. Among the topics to be discussed are continuing to strengthen the relationship between MASL and MASL 2, including potential new MASL expansion teams, new official affiliation agreements between MASL and MASL 2 franchises, and other topics for the positive, professional growth of America's indoor soccer pyramid.