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PDL All-Conference Teams Announced

PDL All-Conference Teams Announced

Heat's Souza makes Southern Conference Team

 

TAMPA, Fla. – The PDL announced its 2013 All-Conference Teams today, honoring the players from among the league’s 64 teams who shone the brightest during the 2013 regular season.  The teams were selected through a vote of team management.

All four teams headed to the 2013 PDL Championship presented by Nike this weekend in Austin, Texas are represented on the All-Conference teams. The host Austin Aztex lead all teams with four players selected, including goalkeeper Devin Cook, defender Max Gunderson, midfielder Antonio Rocha and forward Krystopher Tyrpak.

 The Eastern Conference champion Ocean City Nor’easters are represented by forward Dwayne Reid, the Central Conference Champion Thunder Bay Chill are represented by defenders Nolan Intermoia and Axel Sjoberg, and the Western Conference Champion Victoria Highlanders had defender Tyler Hughes and forward Brett Levis selected.

 Next behind Austin with three selections each are the Ottawa Fury of the Eastern Conference and Vancouver Whitecaps FC U-23 of the Western Conference. Five players are making their second consecutive PDL All-Conference appearance, including Jordan Green of the Kansas City Brass and Bryan Ciesiulka of the Chicago Fire (Central), Taian de Souza of the Panama City Beach Pirates (Southern), and Gunderson and Tyrpak of the Aztex (Southern).

 The 2013 PDL All-League Team will be announced on Wednesday and the finalists for Most Valuable Player, Coach of the Year, and Young (U21) Player of the Year will be announced on Thursday, with the awards presented at Saturday’s PDL Chmpionship banquet in Austin. Goalkeeper of the Year will also be presented at the banquet.

 The 2013 PDL Championship presented by Nike will kick off at 5 p.m. CT Friday when the No. 4 Highlanders face the No. 1 Chill, followed by the No. 3 Nor’easters at the No. 2 Aztex at 7:30 p.m. CT. The winners advance to meet for the 2013 PDL Championship on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. CT.

 2013 PDL All-Conference Teams

 Eastern Conference

GK – Chad Bush, Ottawa Fury

D – Shaun Foster, Ottawa Fury

D – Damion Lowe, Reading United AC

D – Gilbert Manier, GPS Portland Phoenix

D – Hugh Roberts, Baltimore Bohemians

MF – Brandt Bronico, Carolina Dynamo

MF – Brayan Martinez, Jersey Express

MF – Jason Plumhoff, Reading United AC

F – Peter Caringi, Baltimore Bohemians

F – Carl Haworth, Ottawa Fury

F – Dwayne Reid, Ocean City Nor’easters

 Central Conference

GK – Tyson Farago, WSA Winnipeg

D – Brandon Fricke, Des Moines Menace

D – Tyler Hemming, Forest City London

D – Nolan Intermoia, Thunder Bay Chill

D – Axel Sjoberg, Thunder Bay Chill

MF – Bryan Ciesiulka, Chicago Fire

MF – Jordan Green, Kansas City Brass

MF – Matt Walker, Michigan Bucks

F – Moses Danto, WSA Winnipeg

F – Oliver Gore, Real Colorado Foxes

F – Zach Steinberger, Michigan Bucks

 Western Conference

GK – David Meves, Portland Timbers U-23s

D – Derrick Bassi, Vancouver Whitecaps FC U-23

D – Chris Brundage, Sounders FC U23

D – Tyler Hughes, Victoria Highlanders FC

D – Trevor Spurgeon, Fresno Fuego

MF – Zach Barnes, Portland Timbers U-23s

MF – Paul Islas, Fresno Fuego

MF – Bobby Jhutty, Van. Whitecaps FC U-23

F – Niall Cousens, Vancouver Whitecaps FC U-23

F – Brett Levis, Victoria Highlanders FC

F – Tyler Reinhart, Fresno Fuego

 Southern Conference

GK – Devin Cook, Austin Aztex

D – Taian de Souza, Panama City Beach Pirates

D – Max Gunderson, Austin Aztex

D – Walter Kromholz, Houston Dutch Lions

D – Felipe Souza, Laredo Heat

MF – Itode Fubara, Orlando City U23

MF – Jack McVey, VSI Tampa Bay FC

MF – Antonio Rocha, Austin Aztex

F – Adam Black, Oklahoma City FC

F – Tyler Blackwood, Orlando City U23

F – Krystopher Tyrpak, Austin Aztex


PDL

The top developmental men’s league in North American, the 2013 PDL features 64 teams within four conferences throughout the United States and Canada. The PDL season consists of 14 regular season matches for each team, seven home and seven 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.