Nashville Soccer Club’s dynamic attacking midfielder Lebo Moloto was named to the United Soccer League (USL) All-League Second Team on Monday afternoon. The honor is the first for both a Nashville SC player and for Moloto in his professional career.
“Lebo has consistently shown that he is one of the top creative talents in USL,” said Nashville SC head coach Gary Smith. “His exciting and effective displays have been a catalyst for the team and an immediate connection for the fans.”
Despite missing the final six games of the season with a knee injury, Moloto appeared on the score sheet more than any other player on Nashville, compiling seven goals and five assists. The seven league goals were tied for second-most on the team, while the five USL assists were tied for the team lead.
“Lebo has proven to be one of the premier playmakers in the USL,” said Nashville SC technical director and VP of soccer operations Mike Jacobs. “Even with his season cut short due to injury, it’s nice to know that his consistent performance in 2019 was appreciated.”
A native of South Africa, Moloto was one of Nashville SC’s foremost inaugural season acquisitions when he came to SC in a trade with the Swope Park Rangers in the offseason. Moloto more than showed his value, playing in all 28 USL games prior to his injury, starting 25 of them. He created 51 chances in those 28 appearances, most of them from his regular “No. 10” position as the orchestrator of Nashville’s attack.