TAMPA, Fla. – The PDL announced its 2014 All-Conference Teams on Monday, with nine players set to compete at this weekend’s 2014 PDL Championship presented by Nike among the 44 players honored for their performances this season. The 2014 PDL All-Conference Teams were selected through a vote of team management.
Both the Michigan Bucks and Ocala Stampede had a trio of players selected to the All-Central and All-Southern Conference teams respectively, with the Bucks being led by standout forward Dzenan Catic. The league’s Golden Boot winner with 16 goals, Catic was joined by defender Ken Tribbett and midfielder Zach Steinberger, who earned his second consecutive All-Conference selection.
The Stampede were led by forward Ilija Ilic, who had eight goals and two assists to guide the club to its third consecutive Southeast Division title. He was joined by defender Ben Knight, who appeared in all but one of the Stampede’s games this season as they went undefeated on home turf, and midfielder Karamba Janneh, whose electrifying pace posed a challenge to opposing defenses throughout the season.
The Jersey Express had a pair of players selected to the All-Eastern Conference Team, as midfielder Walter Hines’ six goals and five assists played a key role for the highest-scoring side in the PDL. Defender Kouassi Sylvain N’Guessan also earned selection after an outstanding campaign at the heart of the Express’ defense.
Kitsap’s lone selection in the All-Western Conference side was defender Cory Keitz, who appeared in every contest and missed just 34 minutes of action as the Pumas conceded only nine goals in 14 games during the regular season.
In addition to Steinberger, five other players earned second consecutive All-Conference selections, led by the Austin Aztex duo of goalkeeper Devin Cook Perales and Antonio Rocha on the All-Southern Conference Team. The Thunder Bay Chill’s Nolan Intermoia and WSA Winnipeg’s Moses Danto earned repeat selections to the All-Central Conference Team, while the Long Island Rough Riders’ Shaun Foster was again named to the All-Eastern Conference Team.
The 2014 PDL All-League Team is set to be announced on Tuesday, with the finalists for the 2014 PDL Awards to be announced on Wednesday. The award winners will be announced at Saturday’s Championship Luncheon, part of the 2014 PDL Championship in Pontiac, Mich.
Both semifinals and the championship game at the 2014 PDL Championship presented by Nike will be streamed live on the PDL’s YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/USLPDL), with live updates also available through the league’s official Twitter account (@USLPDL).
2014 PDL All-Conference Teams
|Eastern Conference||Central Conference|
|GK – Alex Bono, Reading United AC||GK – Yuta Nomura, Springfield Demiza|
|D – Kouassi Sylvain N’Guessan, Jersey Express||D – Nolan Intermoia, Thunder Bay Chill*|
|D – Jake Stovall, Cincinnati Dutch Lions||D – Ken Tribbett, Michigan Bucks|
|D – Tom Wharf, Long Island Rough Riders||D – Blake Jones, St. Louis Lions|
|D – Travis Brent, West Virginia Chaos||D – Dan Keller, Chicago Fire U-23|
|M – Boluwatife Akinyode – NJ LUSO Parma||M – Zach Steinberger, Michigan Bucks*|
|M – Shaun Foster, Long Island Rough Riders*||M – Drew Conner, Chicago Fire U-23|
|M – Walter Hines, Jersey Express||M – Ralph Lundy, Des Moines Menace|
|F – Anthony Grant, Seacoast United Phantoms||F – Chris Hellmann, Des Moines Menace|
|F – Jeff McClure, Cincinnati Dutch Lions||F – Moses Danto, WSA Winnipeg*|
|F – Alencar Junior, Western Mass Pioneers||F – Dzenan Catic, Michigan Bucks|
|Southern Conference||Western Conference|
|GK – Devin Cook Peralez, Austin Aztex*||GK – William Thompson, FC Tucson|
|D – Yair Hernandez, Laredo Heat||D – Ramon Martin Del Campo, San Jose Earthquakes U-23|
|D – Walker Hume, Midland-Odessa Sockers FC||D – James Kiffe, Ventura County Fusion|
|D – Ben Knight, Ocala Stampede||D – Cory Keitz, Kitsap Pumas|
|D – Kalen Ryden, Austin Aztex||D – Jordan Farahani, Vancouver Whitecaps FC U-23|
|M – Antonio Rocha, Austin Aztex*||M – Ricardo Velazco, FC Tucson|
|M – Michael Lightbourne, Panama City Beach Pirates||M – Jose Cuevas, Fresno Fuego|
|M – Karamba Janneh, Ocala Stampede||M – Bryan de la Fuente, LA Misioneros|
|F – Jesus Cortes, Austin Aztex||F – Javier Castro, LA Misioneros|
|F – Ilija Ilic, Ocala Stampede||F – Cody Cook, Vancouver Whitecaps FC U-23|
|F – Adi Kavara, Panama City Beach Pirates||F – Kharlton Belmar, Portland Timbers U-23s|
*Article courtesy of the United Soccer League