by Pete Richmire

CARLSBAD, CA. APRIL 9, 2021 - The Major Arena Soccer League has announced the recipient of the 2021 Rookie of the Year Award is Kansas City Comets midfielder, Lucas Sousa. 

Sousa appeared in 11 games for the Comets and finished second on the squad in scoring with 17 points on nine goals and eight assists. He led the team in shots with 52 and tallied two power-goals, as well as a pair of game-winners. After Award voting was complete, Sousa added four goals and an assist during Kansas City's playoff run to the Ron Newman Cup Semi-Finals.

Each active MASL player, head coach, and one member of each team front office were invited to submit one ballot. Voting was based on the regular season performances.

Calculating the 1st, 2nd and 3rd All-MASL Teams are based on a point system. Players receive three points for a 1st team vote, two points for the 2nd team, and one point for a 3rd team vote. The highest number of points is then calculated to determine three Forward/Midfielders in each team, then two Defenders, and one GK. In case of a tie in points, it is determined by who had more 1st team votes, then 2nd team. The All-Rookie Team is selected by the highest total votes by position (F, M/F, D, GK). Individual Major Awards are based on the highest number of total votes. Tiebreakers go to the player with the most all league points or it can be determined a tie.

2021 Voting Ballots Submitted:

Head Coaches - 2.99%

Players - 88.06%

Team Staff - 6.72%