VANCOUVER, BC – The votes are in.
Jordan Harvey was named the 2016 Whitecaps FC BMO Player of the Year today after earning 48.17 per cent of the votes in a poll conducted on whitecapsfc.com over the last month.
“I see Jordan on a daily basis and what he brought to the games was professionalism and mental toughness through a difficult period, especially the second half of the season,” said Whitecaps FC head coach Carl Robinson. “He was an important piece for us and he fully deserves the award.”
Robinson also described Harvey as a “warrior” – and he’s been just that in 2016.
The 32-year-old left back has started all 27 of his MLS regular season appearances this season, accumulating the third most minutes on the team. And that’s despite missing five matches due to injury in July and September.
He's also second on the team in tackles and has chipped in with a pair of goals, scoring Vancouver’s first goal of 2016 in their season-opening match against Montreal Impact and also finding the back of the net in a 3-0 win over FC Dallas.
“He certainly did stand out,” Robinson said. “Each player has their qualities. Jordan’s qualities are that he fights, he digs in, he defends well, he gets forward and chips in with the odd goal here or there, and when we were conceding a lot of goals, he was the one keeping our back line together.”
In addition to being a steady presence in the back, Harvey often draws praise for his relentless work ethic and compete level – something that does not go unnoticed among the coaches or fans.
“He played every game as if it were his last,” Robinson concluded.
Harvey has now won a year-end Whitecaps FC player award three times since joining the club midway through the 2011 season. In 2013, he was the club’s Humanitarian of the Year and last season he received the club’s Jock MacDonald Unsung Hero Award.
PREVIOUS WINNERS: WHITECAPS FC BMO PLAYER OF THE YEAR
2015: Kendall Waston
2014: Pedro Morales
2013: Camilo Sanvezzo
2012: Young–Pyo Lee
2011: Camilo Sanvezzo