by DAVE MARTINEZ
For the second year in a row, Empire of Soccer asked fans to vote on the top player in the New York soccer scene. This year, we opened that vote up to the NWSL, with Sky Blue players joining representatives from the New York Cosmos, New York Red Bulls and New York City FC in the competition.
Last year, Dax McCarty won the vote over some stiff competition.
And on this first day of the new year, we are happy to announce our newest winner.
Here are the top five players of 2016, as voted by the fans — and the new Emperor of New York Soccer: