CANTON, Ohio, May 2 -- Cleveland forward Hector Marinaro and Milwaukee goalkeeper Victor Nogueira shared honors Thursday as the National Professional Soccer League's most valuable players for 1995-96. Each player received 13 first-place votes and 78 points in voting for the top player in the United States' fall-winter indoor league.
Voting was done by the league's 13 head coaches, media members who covered games on a regular basis and members of the national soccer media. Marinaro, 31, who also won the award in 1993 and 1995, led the league in scoring for the third time in four years with 96 goals, including a league-leading 14 three-point goals. He finished with 247 points and drove home eight game-winning goals. Nogueira, who turns 36 next Wednesday, compiled a 29-10 record and led the league with a 10.25 goals-against average. Winner of the NPSL Goalkeeper of the Year Award, Nogueira led the league in victories and was fourth in saves (551) and save percentage (.732).