Congratulations to Dominic Samuel of Sigma FC and Kayla DeSouza of Durham United FC, the 2015 League1 Ontario Defenders of the Year.
Dominic Samuel proved to be a very dynamic centre back for Sigma FC in 2015, providing both hard-nosed defending as well as serving as a dangerous attacking option.
His tireless work rate, his strength in the air, strong passing ability and a willingness to repeatedly join the attack made him a key contributor to his squad. He provided a pair of goals in 2015.
Dominic followed up his outstanding League1 season by leading Southern New Hampshire University Penmen (NCAA D2) to an undefeated record this fall. The team boasted an astounding zero goals against in regular season play and Samuel's contributions earned him All-Conference Defensive Player of the Year. He earned All-Conference honours during all four years he has attended the school.
Samuel was a member of the Canadian U17 National Team pool in 2011
Kayla DeSouza was a near unanimous choice for L1O Women's Division Defender of the Year
A regular starter for the Guyanese Womem's National team, Kayla's strong play all season long was a major factor in Durham United's outstanding defensive record in 2015. The team conceded only 13 goals between League and Cup play.
A tenacious defender, Kayla also demonstrated a deft touch on the ball and great vision and passing ability out of the back. Her leadership as team captain was integral to the continued success of Durham, and provided a foundation for the team to build its attacking moves. She notched one goal in 2015.
Kayla, along with sister (and DUFC teammate) Briana, will be participating in the CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifiers in Texas this February, representing Guyana.
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