Crowned USL Championship MVP, Allen credits teammates

Photo by Bill Twomey Photography

by ANTHONY J. MERCED

HARRISON, N.J. – Forget the hat trick — it’s all about the team.

That was the reaction of New York Red Bulls II striker Brandon Allen who showered praise on his teammates when addressing his USL Championship MVP award following NYRB II’s 5-1 win over Swope Park Rangers.

“I wouldn’t be able to have those achievements without my teammates,” said Allen, who is normally a man of few words. “They’ve been there for me the whole season. They’ve been a big part of my success.”

Allen became only the second player in league history to score a hat trick in the final — the other being Dom Dwyer with Orlando City back in 2013. Much like Dwyer, Allen has been a force in his USL career thus far with 15 goals in 28 games. His six playoff goals gives him the most tallies of any player in the league this season.

“It feels amazing,” said Allen when discussing his team’s USL Championship victory. “We’ve worked all season for this, and to have that trophy is just incredible.”

Allen is currently a signed MLS player with the New York Red Bulls and his performances will surely make him a topic of conversation all off-season for a move up to the main roster. New York has had difficulty securing a secondary striker with Anatole Abang, Gonzalo Veron and Omer Damari all not fitting into the grand scheme quite the way the team had envisioned.

With Allen the team has a homegrown striker fully steeped in the team’s methodology. That is something that could become important next February as preseason and CONCACAF Champions League congests the early part of 2017.

Allen’s award-winning year may not be over yet. He is still in the running for USL Rookie of the Year and League MVP. His hat trick performance in the Championship may prove to be the deciding factor as we may not be done hearing his name in 2016.