Vega, 33, had a sensational year, finishing as the only NASL goalkeeper to start all 32 regular-season games. The veteran's form helped Miami claim both the Spring and Fall Season titles, as well as the top overall seed in The Championship, the league's four-team postseason tournament.
A native of Cutral Có, Argentina, Vega posted a goals against average of 0.88, conceding a league-low 28 goals in 2017. He kept 15 clean sheets, which put him just one shy of the NASL Modern Era record. The 6-foot-2 shot-stopper played every single minute of every game.
In his second season with Miami, Vega set the league record for most wins in season by a goalkeeper with 20. The Argentine star joined Alessandro Nesta's side in 2016 after spending three seasons with Cypriot giant Anorthosis Famagusta FC.
2011: Evan Bush (Montreal Impact, 0. 76 GAA)
2012: Daryl Sattler (San Antonio Scorpions, (0.80 GAA)
2013: Kyle Reynish (New York Cosmos, 0.92 GAA)
2014: John Smits (FC Edmonton, 0.90 GAA)
2015: Romuald Peiser (Ottawa Fury FC, 0.76 GAA)
2016: Matt VanOekel (FC Edmonton), 0.55 GAA)