The award takes into account the nominees’ performances for the full 2019 CPL season (Spring and Fall) as well as both legs of Finals 2019. The winner was selected by a judging panel comprised of media writers and reporters from across Canada.
CPL rules mandate that a minimum of three domestic players on each team must be under the age of 21 and that those players must combine to play a minimum of 1,000 minutes per season.
Forge easily met the threshold with its U-21 players combining for 4,910 minutes in 2019 – Borges led the way with 1,974 minutes.
Borges, who turned 21 on Aug. 26, emerged as one the top stars of the CPL’s inaugural season, scoring a league-high 13 goals including the game winner in Leg 1 of Finals 2019. He also tallied five assists, finishing among the league leaders in that category.
Borges was a workhorse for Forge this season, accumulating 2,459 minutes of action across all competitions, and playing with a level of maturity that bellied his age and inexperience.