Monthly Awards

MLS NEXT Pro Monthly Awards: August

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The editorial team, several league personnel, announcers, and clubs voted on the top performers across the league during the month of August to declare a Team, Coach, Goalkeeper, Rising Star and Player of the Month.

Here are the winners:


Co-Players of the Month: Ibrahim Kasule and Matt “MD” Myers

New York Red Bulls II midfielder Ibrahim Kasule and NYCFC II forward Matt “MD” Myers have been voted Co-Players of the Month for August.

Kasule's exceptional form from July carried over into August, where he continued to shine by scoring 5 goals. The 19-year-old finished the month by scoring a brace in consecutive games and played a pivotal role in Red Bulls II securing a playoff berth.

The young midfielder has appeared in 23 matches for Red Bulls II this season, tallying an impressive 15 goals and four assists for his club. 

MD Myers has led a prolific NYCFC II frontline that is in the midst of a fight for the 7th and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. 

Myers scored six goals during August, including a hat trick in a 5-0 victory over Inter Miami II on August 10th. The Rutgers University alum has started all 24 games he's played in this season and is the current Golden Boot leader with 16 goals as of Matchday 24.

New England Revolution

Team of the Month: New England Revolution II

New England Revolution II has been voted Team of the Month thanks to their remarkable unbeaten run throughout August.

Over the past month, Revs II collected a league leading 12 points after earning three victories, and winning one of their two shooutouts in the five games they played. Their run of form not only solidified Revs II as a title contender but also secured the side a spot in the MLS NEXT Pro playoffs.

New England Revolution II's attacking prowess stood out with the team netting a total of 14 goals during the month, highlighted by back-to-back match victories in which the squad scored five goals. Jordan Adebayo-Smith and Marcos Dias have led the way up front for the club. 

Under the guidance of interim head coach Marcelo Santos, as Clint Peay is currently away with the New England first team, the squad has continued to operate smoothly. Even more impressive is an undefeated streak that spans 10 games, stretching all the way back to June 18th.

Jack Collison

Coach of the Month: Jack Collison – Huntsville City FC

Huntsville City FC head coach Jack Collison has been voted the MLS NEXT Pro Coach of the Month for the month of August.

Under Collison's leadership, Huntsville City FC achieved two wins, one loss, and participated in two shootouts, earning a victory in one of them over the last month.

After a challenging start to their inaugural MLS NEXT Pro campaign, Huntsville City FC has continued to climb up the Eastern Conference standings thanks to their recent run of positive results.

Coach Collison reflected on his squad's season so far and earning the Coach of the Month award stating:

“From where we were seven games into the season to where we are now is a testament to the collective from the staff and players. These guys made a decision to give absolutely everything they have every single day, and the byproduct has been some incredible performances, which has led to some positive results. I am so proud of the players in particular for trusting in the process and of course the staff who are the unsung heroes behind the scenes. It has been a collective effort. It’s a real honor to be named coach of the month, especially in such a competitive league full of talented coaches and so many fantastic teams. We now look forward to finishing the season strong and giving everything we can towards the final push.”

Currently occupying sixth place in the Eastern Conference, Huntsville City FC hold a four-point lead over their closest competitors. With just four games left in the season, they are in a favorable position to secure their first-ever playoff berth.

Damian Las - Austin FC II

Goalkeeper of the Month: Damian Las - Austin FC II

Austin FC II’s Damian Las has been voted as the Goalkeeper of the Month for August due to his exceptional performance in front of goal. This is the third time this season that the Austin FC II keeper has won the award, with Las winning the award in April and in June.

Over the last month, Las recorded two clean sheets and secured a shootout victory against LAFC2. During this time period, the 22-year-old conceded only three goals in 360 minutes of play across four matches.

Las has been a cornerstone for Austin FC II throughout the season, allowing just 16 goals in 24 appearances, while keeping twelve clean sheets. His contributions have played a pivotal role in Austin FC II's rise to second place in the Western Conference, leaving them a victory away from securing a playoff spot.

Miles Perkovich

Rising Star of the Month: Miles Perkovich – Inter Miami II

Inter Miami CF II forward Miles Perkovich has been voted the Rising Star of the Month for August. The 17-year-old made an impression during the past month, with his standout performance being a two-goal performance in Inter Miami II's match against Chicago Fire II. 

Perkovich has seen over 900 minutes of action during the 2023 season, starting in eleven of the 17 matches he's played in and has emerged as one of the focal points in Federico Higuain's Inter Miami II offense.