All NFPL Honorable Mention
ALL NFPL Honorable Mention
For players that stood above the rest but just missed out on our All NFPL First Team and Second Team, we have the Honorable Mentions.
NFPL Champion Cole Russell was a mainstay in the deadly Grand Rapids OLé offense over the season. With a tremendous left foot, an uncanny ability to finish from tight angles, and the speed and strength to beat opponents off the dribble, Russell was too much to handle for many teams in the 21/22 NFPL Season. When OLé needed him most in the NFPL Championship, Russell was there with a game-changing performance that overcame the absence of the Diaz brothers and Jonathan Stout to help OLé take the trophy. His performances over the season earned him a Player of the Week Award in Matchweek 12.
Ahmed Zaky was the most dangerous attacker on the Michigan Futsal Factory Academy team, scoring and creating important goals in every game he played in. A deceptively quick dribbler and decisive finisher, Zaky was a force to be reckoned and dealt with for opponents throughout the season. His performances earned him a spot on the February Team of the Month.
Joy Athletic had a habit of scoring late goals in close games that kept their winning streak alive and earned them a second-place regular season finish. Other than Kouame, nobody had a hand in more of these goals as the creator or finisher than Dimitri Nair. Over the season, Nair emerged as a creative, string-pulling field general on the talented Joy Athletic side, racking up several multi-assist games for the Minnesota futsal club and securing a spot on the February Team of the Month.
Dazzling footskills and pace were hallmarks of Erik Hegerty's performances for Ginga FS in the 21/22 NFPL Season. A leader on and off the court, Hegerty's goals, assists, and performances earned him a spot on the January Team of the Month.
Diego Lemus of Futsal Indy makes the All NFPL Honorable Mention team for leading the Indianapolis futsal club down the stretch. Futsal Indy's story is a great one - at one point they had dropped 6 games on the trot and were bottom of the league. A late-season turnaround saw a string of positive performances and a couple of wins that culminated in a playoff win on the road over Michigan Futsal Factory Academy, a game in which Lemus led the line for Futsal Indy.
Representing Cadence SFC on the All NFPL Honorable Mention team is Gui Nunes, player-coach that led the youngest team in the league through a challenging season. Nunes scored goals that kept games close and led his young comrades honorably every game.
Cade Remy wraps up the All NFPL Honorable Mention team for Columbus Futsal. Remy was a rock for the Columbus team, a reliable source of tough tackling, efficient finishing, and enthusiastic leadership as the Ohio futsal club erased a sluggish start to the season to make the NFPL Semifinals.
Congratulations to all of the players on the All NFPL Honorable Mention team!