Tampa Bay Rowdies striker Georgi Hristov has been named the NASL's MVP.

Hristov was selected the North American Soccer League's Golden Ball winner, the award for the league's player of the year , on Friday.

"I was really surprised because I expected to be probably in the Best XI team, but winning the MVP is a great honor for me, especially coming here in February and not knowing much about the league or even if I would be on the team," Hristov told tampabay.com.

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