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Reader’s choice: Vote for your favorite moments, players of NYCFC’s title-winning year

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Polls for player of the year, game of the year, and more.

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As 2021 comes to a close and we look back on New York City FC’s title-winning year, all of us here at Hudson River Blue want to hear what you think about this monumental season. After all, it’s not every year that a seven-year-old wins the MLS Cup.

Yesterday, the writers at HRB weighed in on NYCFC’s title run in a wide-ranging roundtable discussion—we looked at the good, the bad, the ugly, and the sublime. Now it’s time for you, the members of the HRB community, to let your voices be heard. Not only should you vote in the polls below (as they said in the days of machine politics, vote early and often), you should post your opinions in the comments. We read every one.

The polls close tomorrow, January 1, 2022 at the strike of noon. The comments are open for ever and ever, or at least until the internet goes the way of Roman aqueducts.

One more thing: Happy new year to everybody in the NYCFC family!

Poll

Defensive Player of the Year

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  • 1%
    Malte Amundsen
    (1 vote)
  • 55%
    Alexander Callens
    (47 votes)
  • 4%
    Maxime Chanot
    (4 votes)
  • 2%
    Tayvon Gray
    (2 votes)
  • 14%
    Sean Johnson
    (12 votes)
  • 21%
    James Sands
    (18 votes)
84 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Midfielder of the Year

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  • 0%
    Alfredo Morales
    (1 vote)
  • 16%
    Maxi Moralez
    (44 votes)
  • 78%
    Keaton Parks
    (212 votes)
  • 0%
    Santiago Rodríguez
    (1 vote)
  • 4%
    James Sands
    (11 votes)
269 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Attacker of the Year

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  • 1%
    Thiago Andrade
    (1 vote)
  • 98%
    Taty Castellanos
    (77 votes)
  • 0%
    Talles Magno
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Jesús Medina
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Ismael Tajouri-Shradi
    (0 votes)
78 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Most Valuable Player

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  • 67%
    Taty Castellanos
    (53 votes)
  • 6%
    Maxi Moralez
    (5 votes)
  • 25%
    Sean Johnson
    (20 votes)
78 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Best Young Player

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  • 19%
    Tayvon Gray
    (17 votes)
  • 4%
    Talles Magno
    (4 votes)
  • 76%
    James Sands
    (67 votes)
88 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Most Significant Game of the Regular Season

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  • 7%
    August 28: NYFC defeat New England Revolution 2-0, demonstrate that Revs can be outplayed
    (5 votes)
  • 38%
    October 20: NYCFC draw Atlanta United 1-1, end scoreless skid
    (26 votes)
  • 41%
    October 23: NYCFC defeat DC United 6-0, biggest win in club history sets up playoff run
    (28 votes)
  • 13%
    November 7: NYCFC draw Philadelphia Union 1-1, secure home field advantage for playoff game against Atlanta United
    (9 votes)
68 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Biggest Playoff Win

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  • 3%
    November 21: NYCFC defeat Atlanta United 2-0, commanding playoff win ends postseason yips
    (2 votes)
  • 28%
    November 30: NYCFC defeat New England Revolution on penalties, tough road win against best team in MLS
    (19 votes)
  • 4%
    December 5: NYCFC defeat Philadelphia Union 2-1, recover from ugly first half against a depleted opponent and show grit to win first trophy
    (3 votes)
  • 63%
    December 11: NYCFC defeat Portland Timbers on penalties, "¡Campeones, campeones, olé, olé, olé!"
    (42 votes)
66 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Key Playoff Moment

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  • 7%
    Sean Johnson saves Adam Buksa’s penalty
    (5 votes)
  • 8%
    Alexander Callens converts his penalty against the New England Revolution
    (6 votes)
  • 11%
    Talles Magno scores the game-winner against the Philadelphia Union
    (8 votes)
  • 1%
    Deflategate: MLS Cup edition
    (1 vote)
  • 1%
    Taty Castellanos scores against the Portland Timbers
    (1 vote)
  • 39%
    Sean Johnson saves Felipe Mora’s penalty, then saves Diego Valeri’s Penalty
    (27 votes)
  • 11%
    Alexander Callens converts his penalty against the Portland Timbers
    (8 votes)
  • 17%
    Ronny Deila strips down to his briefs
    (12 votes)
68 votes total Vote Now