Indy Eleven is proud to announce defender Neveal Hackshaw has been named to the USL Championship’s All-League First Team for the 2019 season. The announcement comes after the United Soccer League honored 22 total standout performers across the Championship from the 2019 regular season on Tuesday afternoon.
“Neveal has been an outstanding performer all season long,” said Indy Eleven Head Coach Martin Rennie. “He has done an excellent job defensively and has been very involved in our attacking play, as well. He has added a lot to our team on and off the field.”
In his first season with the Boys in Blue, Hackshaw, 24, played a pivotal role in Coach Rennie’s squad, starting 32 of his 33 matches played across all competitions in 2019. The defender’s consistency during the season helped Indy Eleven earn the Eastern Conference’s third seed in the USL Championship Playoffs and capture a pair of postseason wins en route to hosting the Eastern Conference Final last Saturday.
Hackshaw ranked in the USL Championship’s top 10 among outfield players with 231 recoveries, won 65.8% of duels – 10th in the league among players to win at least 175 duels in the regular season – and won 29 of 39 tackles. Moreover, he’s been a thorn in the side of opposing attackers all season long, racking up 88 clearances and 14 shot-denying blocks. Hackshaw also tallied 42 interceptions, keeping the opposition’s forward passing to a minimum.
The stout defender also put up impressive performances in the attacking third, notching two goals from 16 shots and had one assist out of the nine chances he created over the course of the year.
In addition to his league play, Hackshaw was called upon to represent Trinidad & Tobago in CONCACAF Gold Cup and Nations League competitions, bringing his international first-team appearances to 12.
The 2019 USL Championship All-League Team was voted on by club management and a league-wide media panel that included representation from every USL market.
The finalists for the 2019 Championship Awards will be announced on Wednesday, preceding the 2019 USL Championship Final, which will air live on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes in the United States on Sunday, November 17 at 7:30 p.m. ET as Louisville City FC of the Eastern Conference and Real Monarchs SLC of the Western Conference meet at Lynn Stadium in Louisville, Kentucky.
With 2019 now in the book, Indy Eleven continues to prepare for the upcoming 2020 USL Championship season. Season ticket packages for 2020 are now available at IndyEleven.com/season-tickets or by calling 317-685-1100.