2019 EOY Award Winners

Dynamo & Dash End of Year Award Winners Announced

An undisputed starter in his first season with the Dynamo after joining the club last December on a transfer from San Lorenzo in his native Argentina. Matias Vera finished with 102 tackles and tallied an assist in 30 league games. The Argentine also finished with the most minutes played for the club this season with 2,639.

Jane Campbell earned the Dash Most Valuable Player Award after setting a new career-high for clean sheets with six and playing every minute of every game this season. The 24-year old logged 2160 minutes in 24 games.

Memo Rodriguez set a career-high for games played, games started, minutes played goals and assists in 2019. The Homegrown Player scored seven goals and tallied five assists in 2019 for the Dynamo.

The Young Player of the Year for the Dash was awarded to Haley Hanson, who played in every game this season, tallying 21 starts. Hanson’s versatility helped the team succeed in the backline, although the 23-year old started the season playing in the midfield. Adjusting quickly, the Kansas-native became the club’s right-back, helping the team earn five clean sheets. During the season, Hanson was called up to the U-23 U.S. Women’s National Team in August, receiving the captain’s band for the first time in her career. Wearing the band, she led the U.S. to the Nordic Cup title defeating England, Norway and Sweden.

What more is there to say about LegenDMB? DaMarcus Beasley was voted by his teammates as the Dynamo Players’ Player of the Year in the last season of his storied career. On the field, the veteran defender finished his career in Houston playing over 10,000 minutes through his six seasons with the Dynamo. In his finest moment of 2019, Beasley scored a stunning equalizer in the Leagues Cup showdown with Club America on July 24., his last tally for the club.

Jane Campbell tallied 2160 minutes in 24 games and was voted by her teammates as the Players’ Player of the Year for the second consecutive year after finishing with 71 saves. Campbell has received a total of four honors since joining the club, last year the goalkeeper was voted the Players’ Player of the Year and named the Unsung Hero in 2017.  

Kiki Struna commanded the backline throughout the 2019 season with 29 matches played for the Dynamo. The Slovenian center back also tallied an assist in Houston’s 4-2 victory over the LA Galaxy on Decision Day, presented by AT&T. Stuna joined the club on a full transfer from US Palermo in December.

Amber Brooks finished the 2019 NWSL season as the team’s ironwoman and was the first NWSL player to play every minute of every game for three full seasons. The co-captain, who reached 6,393 minutes in those three seasons, was voted the 2019 Defensive Player of the year, after another commanding season in the backline and leading the club to six clean sheets. Brooks, who scored the game-winning goal on July 20 against the Washington Spirit, earned her third club honor having won Defensive Player of the Year in 2018 and Most Valuable Player in 2017.  

Another accolade for the diminutive midfielder from San Lorenzo. Matias Vera was a constant in the center of the Dynamo midfield throughout the 2019 season fitting right into the side following his arrival in December.

Christine Nairn’s experience brought a new dimension to the club throughout the season as the midfielder earned 19 starts in 22 appearances for Houston. The midfielder was voted the Dash Newcomer of the Year, tallying one crucial goal against Reign FC on June 2 and two assists. The veteran also reached her 150th league cap this season, becoming the first NWSL player to reach that milestone.  

Mauro Manotas finished 2019 as the club's top scorer and will bring home the team Golden Boot after scoring 15 goals in MLS and international competitions. Manotas scored a brace in the return leg of the Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League Round of 16 series with CD Guastatoya on Feb. 26 to help the Dynamo advance to the quarterfinals and earn Team of the Week honors. The Colombian striker finished with 13 goals in league play and this was the third consecutive season where Manotas finished with 10 or more goals in league play, a first for the club. The 24-year-old also tallied eight assists in 2019, a new career-high for the striker.