TAMPA, Fla. – Before he arrived at Forward Madison FC, young goalkeeper Chris Brady’s potential was already known.
After his first season in the professional ranks, the future is only looking brighter as the United States youth international was voted the USL League One Young Player of the Year after an impressive campaign for the Flamingos.
Signed by Chicago Fire FC in March to a Homegrown Player contract, the 16-year-old Brady joined Madison on loan for the 2020 campaign and midway through the season established himself as the Flamingos’ starter. The 6-foot-3 shot-stopper posted three shutouts in eight games and a save percentage of 76 percent, making 19 saves as Madison fought for a place in the postseason.
Brady’s goals-against average of 0.75 placed him second in the race for the League One Golden Glove as he played error-free behind Madison’s back line.
Up next for Brady could be the 2021 Concacaf U-17 Championship as part of the United States U-17 National Team. Should the side succeed and advance to the FIFA U-17 World Cup scheduled for Peru next October, the young goalkeeper’s time in Wisconsin could end up serving as a springboard up the ranks in the professional game.
Brady earned 28 percent of the vote to earn the award. Fort Lauderdale CF’s Edison Azcona, North Texas SC’s Justin Che, the New England Revolution’s Nicolas Firmino each finished tied for second place on 11, while nine players overall received votes for the award.
The 2020 USL League One Awards were voted on by team technical staffs and executives. Voting was conducted following the conclusion of the 2020 League One regular season.
Goalkeeper of the Year: Dallas Jaye, Greenville Triumph SC
Defender of the Year: Brandon Fricke, Greenville Triumph SC
Coach of the Year: John Harkes, Greenville Triumph SC
Young Player of the Year: Chris Brady, Forward Madison FC
Most Valuable Player: November 13
2019: Arturo Rodriguez, North Texas SC