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2015 OaM Awards: Vote for Young Player of the Year

Some young players made their mark this year, let's vote for who you think was best.

Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Four players under 24 made a mark for the Red Bulls or NYRB II this season. You are going to vote on them.

As someone who is 24, I've learned young people don't want to just read words, they want to read words while listening to hip young music. So to help us present the nominees is someone named Lana Del Rey

1. RBNY Defender Matt Miazga, 20

Matt Mizaga has been with the team since 2013, signing a homegrown contract. After getting a short leash by Mike Petke, the Miaz-god (as the kids call him) was unleashed for the 2015 Red Bulls, after Ronald Zubar went down with an injury the first week of the season. He did not disappoint. Miazga was arguably the team's best defender. Miazga represented his country at the U-20, U-23 and Senior levels this season, and is seen as the next great U.S. centerback. Here is a video of him scoring against NYCFC

2. NYRB II Defensive Midfielder Tyler Adams, 16

Tyler Adams was the first player ever to be signed by NYRB II and RBNY in the same calendar year. He also was the first player ever to be signed by NYRB II. The 16 year old was a regular starter for the Red Bulls' USL team, and represented his country at the U-17 World Cup in Chile. After 11 appearances for NYRB II, Ali Curtis had seen enough and locked the defensive midfielder/fullback up with a homegrown contract. He will spend the 2016 season with RBNY. Watch Tyler Adams score a wonder goal against reigning Premier League Champions Chelsea, ruining their season forever:

3. RBNY Striker Anatole Abang, 19

What if I told you there was only one person in MetroStars/Red Bulls history to play less than 600 minutes for the team but score 6 goals? Would you know who it was?

I do.

It is Anatole Abang.

The young Cameroonian striker managed 4 league goals, 1 U.S. Open Cup goal, and 1 MLS Cup Playoffs (presented by Audi) goal in his inaugural campaign with RBNY. He did largely coming off the bench, and scoring a run of goals during the May/June swoon during our season. Abang added 4 goals in USL play to give him 10 total in his first North American Professional season. Watch him bring RBNY back from the bring of being shut out at Red Bull Arena in the Eastern Conference Finals leg 2:

4. RBNY Defender Kemar Lawrence, 24

Kemar Lawrence has arguably been the surprise of the season. Passed over by two previous MLS teams (he was in Vancouver's academy and trialed with D.C. United) Lawrence had a breakout 2015. Lawrence's ability to press high up the field made him a perfect fit for Jesse Marsch's system, meshing well with Mike Grella on the left flank. In addition to his great play with RBNY, Lawrence broke out with the Jamacian National Team. Lawrence was the standout left defensemen at the 2015 Copa America in Chile, where he shut down Lionel Messi for 90 minutes in a 1-0 loss. Lawrence and the ReggaeBoyz came in second at the 2015 Gold Cup putting a cherry on top of his international year. His sublime play was huge for the Red Bulls who exercised the first of his two option years on his contract, and his overall year drew rumors of suitors in England.  Watch Lawrence score his first MLS goal:

Okay everyone, GO VOTE. EXERCISE YOUR ILLUSION OF FREE WILL AND CHOOSE SOMETHING. The poll will be open until December 9 at 9:00 am.