USL News Release
Thursday, August 9, 2007
TAMPA, FL – United Soccer Leagues announced the Premier Development League Defender of the Year, U19 Player of the Year and Coach of the Year awards for the 2007 season as voted on by the teams, honoring David Horst, Evan Newton and Jon Hall of the Hampton Roads Piranhas, respectively.
U19 Player of the Year – Evan Newton (Hampton Roads Piranhas)
Newton captured the Goalkeeper of the Year honor as voted on by the league’s coaches and general managers in addition to winning the GAA Championship for the league’s lowest goals average of 0.222. After opening the season by guiding the team to a league record 10-game shutout streak, it was no surprise that Hampton Roads Piranhas goalkeeper Evan Newton held on to the league’s lowest goals against average to earn the GAA Champion award. Newton allowed just three goals over the course of 14 games. He recorded eight shutouts along the way.
Defender of the Year – David Horst (Hampton Roads Piranhas)
Horst was one of the anchors of a back line that only allowed six goals on the season, playing every minute of the campaign as they finished unbeaten and won the regular season title. He also led the Virginia Beach Submariners to the division title last season, garnering All-League honors for his performance.
Coach of the Year – Jon Hall (Hampton Roads Piranhas)
It was not surprising the Piranhas are earning so many individual honors given the club’s unbeaten season, the eighth in league history, and PDL record 10-game shutout streak at the start of the season. Leading the club to the historic campaign was head coach Jon Hall. Even in elimination from the postseason, the Piranhas were knocked out of championship contention with what goes down in the record books as a draw, falling to Brooklyn in a penalty kick tiebreaker. Last season Hall also captured the division title as head coach of the Virginia Beach Submariners.
2007 PDL Championship
The 2007 Premier Development League Championship, featuring a rematch between the host Laredo Heat and the defending champion Michigan Bucks is Saturday, August 11 at the USID Student Activity Center. Game time is 9:30 pm ET. The match will be shown on delay on Fox Soccer Channel at 11:00 pm ET immediately following the Major League Soccer game.