Nogueira MVP in MSL

May 03, 1991|By Sandra McKee

San Diego Sockers goalkeeper Victor Nogueira, who set a league record with 31 victories, has been named the 1990-91 Major Soccer League's Most Valuable Player.

The award is given annually to the player considered most valuable to his team during the regular season and is selected by 16 media representatives, two from each of the MSL's eight cities.

Nogueira -- whose Sockers are awaiting the start of the MSL championship series May 10 against the winner of the Eastern Division final between Kansas City and Cleveland -- received 45 of a possible 80 points, including seven first-place votes. San Diego midfielder Brian Quinn and Cleveland forward Zoran Karic were his closest challengers, with 22 points each.

Nogueira, 31, is a native of Mozambique and became a U.S. citizen three weeks ago. He has played in the MSL for eight seasons, the last three with the Sockers.

He appeared in 47 games this season and compiled a 31-16 record and a 4.37 goals-against average. He had two shutouts during a season when the goal was expanded by three feet in width and one foot in height.

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