Hellah Sidibe has been named the Boston Victory Player of the Year, winning the inaugural ‘V Award’ that recognizes a player’s commitment to the team and performances on the field for the Quincy-based club.
Victory coach Sergio Taborda selected the versatile Sidibe, who hails from Mali, and has become a mainstay of the Boston defense in the second half of the season. He lines up as a defender, but also brings an offensive spark to the team and his 13 shots this season are second on the team behind midfielder Andrew Sousa.
“Hellah has done everything we asked of him since joining the club and has battled every minute of every game for the Victory,” said Taborda. “We have had a tough season and have overcome some challenges, but he is typical of the players who believe in what we are trying to achieve and have remained loyal and determined.”
Sidibe signed the day after Boston’s opening home game, their second of the 2012 Premier Development League season, and made his debut the following week as a substitute with three minutes remaining of a loss away to Western Mass Pioneers. In 2011 he played his junior year for the University of Massachusetts Minutemen.
Sidibe patiently spent time on the bench in the next two games, seeing limited action, before in his first start he assisted on Sousa’s goal away to Ottawa Fury. He had established himself as the starter in the left back position by the time Ottawa visited in mid-June and with license to roam forward, soon added an attacking threat down the left wing. While yet to find the net, Sidibe led the team three times in shots this season.
Sidibe and the Victory wrap up the 2012 PDL season away to GPS Portland Phoenix on Saturday, kickoff 6pm at Scarborough High School near Portland, ME.
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