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PDL All-League Team Announced

PDL All-League Team Announced

Heat's Gunderson Makes All-League Team

TAMPA, Fla. – The PDL announced its 2012 All-League Team today, highlighting the top 11 performers from the league’s 73 teams this season. The 2012 PDL All-League Team was selected through a vote of team management.

The PDL regular-season champion Michigan Bucks led all clubs with three selections to the team as goalkeeper Adam Grinwis, defender Kevin Cope and midfielder Tom Catalano were all named. Grinwis led the PDL with a 0.444 goals-against average this season, while Catalano finished tied for the league lead in assists with fellow midfield selection, Jordan Green of the Kansas City Brass.

One player from the 2012 All-League Team will be in action this weekend, with the Carolina Dynamo’s Sebastien Ibeagha earning a berth on the team’s defense. A U.S. U23 international, Ibeagha was outstanding all season for the Dynamo as the club finished tied for the league-lead in goals conceded with 10. Rounding out the back four are Max Gunderson of the Laredo Heat and DeAndre Yedlin of the Sounders FC U23, with the Akron standout appearing in every minute of every game for the Western Conference champions.

Joining Catalano and Green in the team’s midfield is the Kitsap Pumas’ Matt Friesen, who had another standout season with 10 goals for his side. Friesen scored crucial goals as the Pumas fell short of another postseason berth, while also earning Player of the Week honors on June 21.

The forward line is led by the league’s leading scorer, Sullivan Silva of the Thunder Bay Chill. Silva led the league with 32 points in 15 games as the Chill took their second consecutive Heartland Division title. He is joined by Reading United’s Deshorn Brown, who tied Silva for the league lead in goals with 13 in 13 games, and the Portland Timbers U-23s Mark Sherrod, who had 10 goals and three assists to help his side reach the playoffs.

 

2012 PDL ALL-LEAGUE TEAM

GK – Adam Grinwis, Michigan Bucks

D – Max Gunderson, Laredo Heat

D – Sebastian Ibeagha, Carolina Dynamo

D – Kevin Cope, Michigan Bucks

D – DeAndre Yedlin, Sounders FC U23

M – Matt Friesen, Kitsap Pumas

M – Jordan Green, Kansas City Brass

M – Tom Catalano, Michigan Bucks

F – Sullivan Silva, Thunder Bay Chill

F – Deshorn Brown, Reading United

F – Mark Sherrod, Portland Timbers U-23s

 

PDL

The top developmental men’s league in North American, the PDL features 73 teams within four conferences across the United States and Canada. The PDL season consists of 16 regular season matches for each team, eight home and eight away, and provides elite collegiate players the opportunity to taste a higher level of competition while maintaining their eligibility. In addition to league play, PDL teams compete in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup as well as various exhibitions. The PDL has proven to be an important stepping-stone for top professionals now playing throughout the world.