FC Tucson's Thompson and Velazco make PDL's All-League team
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The PDL announced its 2014 All-League Team on Tuesday, with a pair of players from the Michigan Bucks and FC Tucson leading the selections. The 2014 PDL All-League Team was selected through a vote of team management.
The Bucks, who host this weekend’s 2014 PDL Championship presented by Nike, are represented by the league’s Golden Boot winner Dzenan Catic and midfielder Zach Steinberger. Both key figures in the Bucks’ Central Conference-winning side, Catic led the league with 16 goals, while Steinberger was a consistent force in the center of the side’s midfield as Michigan claimed the Great Lakes Division.
FC Tucson midfielder Ricardo Velazco and goalkeeper William Thompson were both integral to the first division title in club history. Velazco, a standout at the University of Louisville, led Tucson’s attack with seven goals and also recorded four assists. Thompson, meanwhile, finished in the Top 10 in the PDL in goals-against average, shutouts and wins and minutes, and recorded a 0.825 save percentage in a standout season.
Other notable selections included the Fresno Fuego’s Jose Cuevas and Des Moines Menace’s Chris Hellman, who were two of the three winners of the PDL’s assists title this season. In addition to Catic and Steinberger, standout Kitsap Pumas defender Cory Keitz will also be part of this weekend’s championship as he leads the Western Conference champions into action.
The 2014 PDL Awards Finalists will be 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-League Team
GK – William Thompson, FC Tucson
D – Yair Hernandez, Laredo Heat
D – Nolan Intermoia, Thunder Bay Chill
D – Cory Keitz, Kitsap Pumas
D – Ramon Martin Del Campo, San Jose Earthquakes U-23
M – Jose Cuevas, Fresno Fuego
M – Zach Steinberger, Michigan Bucks
M – Ricardo Velazco, FC Tucson
F – Dzenan Catic, Michigan Bucks
F – Anthony Grant, Seacoast United Phantoms
F – Chris Hellmann, Des Moines Menace