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FC Tucson's Phillips named eegees Team MVP

TUCSON, AZ -  Today, FC Tucson announced defender Josh Phillips as the winner of the Inaugural eegee's Team MVP. 

Phillips appeared in 10 matches for FC Tucson for a total of 642 minutes. He also managed an assist while playing at central defense. 

Phillips was a big reason for FC Tucson's stinginess on defense. The club allowed just 11 league goals all season, tied for fifth-best in the country.

"I want to thank the staff for this award along with my teammates on an amazing summer that I will never forget," Phillips said. "I'm so grateful for the future and opportunities FC Tucson has provided me with. I'm truly going to miss everyone."

Added FC Tucson Head Coach Rick Schantz: "I'm extremely excited about Josh winning the eegee's Team MVP. Josh exemplifies patience, hard work and commitment to the team in order to eventually become one of the best defenders in the nation. Because of Josh's unbelievable work ethic, it's no surprise to me he's been offered to train with an MLS side." 

The eegee's Team MVP Award is given to the player who best exemplifies the values most desired by the coaching staff: hard work, commitment, patience, dedication and team work. 

Despite appearing in just two of the club's first six league matches, Phillips wound up playing in the remaining eight league matches of the season, plus started all three of the team's postseason matches. During that eight-match stretch, the team allowed just six goals thanks in large part to Phillips' tenacious defense.

"We are excited to present Josh Phillips with the eegee's MVP award," said eegee's Director of Marketing Robert Santiago. "Josh was a major contributor to FC Tucson this season. His leadership and play on the field make him a deserving recipient. The entire FC Tucson organization brought a lot of excitement to the local community on the heels of the World Cup and eegee's is proud to be a team partner."

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