Boston City FC supporters’ group the Ironsides Crew honored defender and midfielder Willian Bonora Santana with their fourth annual Player of the Year award.
Willian performed consistently at full back and in midfield in 20-19 and established himself as a starter, missing only two matches, both through injuries which he battled during the season, totaling 886 minutes.
Willian was named to the Football Manager NPSL Team of the Week in the Lions’ penultimate match of 2019 as he scored to establish a 2-0 lead having assisted on the first goal in a 4-2 win over Kingston Stockade on June 30, snapping their 11-match unbeaten streak.
The Brazilian emerged as one of the stars of the club’s Bay State Soccer League development team, Boston City FC II, graduating to earn a regular first team place.
In his native Brazil, he played for junior teams Parana Clube, Avai futebol Clube, Portuguesa de Desportos SP, Amparo SP and Ceramica RS, while in the U.S. he attended and played soccer at the Savannah College of Art & Design.