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PDL Team of the Week
Furness named Player of the Week

USL News Release

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

TAMPA - United Soccer Leagues announced today the Team of the Week for the 12th week of action in the Premier Development League. West Texas United’s Dominic Furness was named Player of the Week for his goal and two assist performance in the Sockers’ 3-1 win over Rio Grande Valley on Sunday night. The victory sends United to the playoffs in their rookie PDL campaign.

"Dominic’s performance against Rio Grande was fantastic," said Sockers general manager Monty Hoppel. "We’re looking forward to the our first playoff appearance on Wednesday night."

The Reading Rage clinched the 2009 Regular Season Championship behind six goals and one assist from James Taranto in victories over Northern Virginia (4-0, July 15) Virginia (8-0, July 17) and Fredericksburg (3-1, July 19).

"Jimmy’s pressure and pace allowed the Rage to open things up offensively in all three matches," said Rage general manager Art Auchenbach. "His presence helped open up space for teammate Aaron Wheeler."

Thunder Bay’s Nolan Intermoia scored four goals over two matches in midfield, helping the 2008 PDL Champion Chill back to the playoffs for a third consecutive year. Intermoia scored a hat trick in the Chill’s 3-0 win over Rochester on Wednesday night before scoring in the 32nd minute of their 1-1 draw with the same club the next night.

"Nolan is a great all around player chipping in four goals while controlling the middle of the park for us against Rochester," said Chill head coach Tony Collistro.

In the Mid South, Laredo goalkeeper Ryan Cooper came up big in the Heat’s 1-0 win over West Texas on July 17. The victory gives Laredo their third division title in six years.

"Ryan made two crucial saves late to preserve our victory and earn the divisional title," said Heat general managers J. J. Vela. "We’ll look to him to keep up his form heading into the playoffs."

Pos

Name

Team

Highlights

GK

Ryan Cooper

Laredo

SO, 4 saves in 1-0 win vs. WTU to clinch division

D

Raul Rivera

Fresno

2A in 3-1 upset of Hollywood United

D

Dan Belke

Brooklyn

GWG in 3-1 win vs. Ocean City

D

Tom Milroy

Cascade

Strong defensive performance in 1-1 D with Yakima

M

Pedro Pereira

Austin

GTG from a free kick in 1-1 D vs. El Paso

M

Dave Hertel

Michigan

3G in 5-2 win vs. Toronto

M

Nolan Intermoia

Thunder Bay

4G in 1-0-1 week for Thunder Bay

M

Dominic Furness

West Texas

1G, 1A in 3-1 win vs. Rio Grande Valley

M

Eddie Floyd

Hampton Roads

2G, controlled in midfield in 2-1 win vs. Virginia

F

James Taranto

Reading

6G, 1A in 3-0-0 week for Reading

F

Greg Howes

Tacoma

5G in 1-1-0 week for Cascade

Reserves

 

 

M

Will Beague

Ottawa

2G in 2-0 win vs. Brooklyn

F

Ben Callon

New Orleans

GW PK sends NO to playoffs in 2-1 win vs. Panama City

M

Evan Morgan

Seattle

GWG in sub appearance in 1-0 win vs. Abbotsford

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