USL PRO News Release
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
TAMPA, Fla. – USL PRO honored the top performers from the 2013 regular season today, naming the All-League First and Second Teams as chosen through a vote of team management.
Orlando City and the Charlotte Eagles, who will meet Saturday night at the Citrus Bowl for the 2013 USL PRO Championship, are both represented on the All-League teams. Orlando City placed three players on the first team, led by forward Dom Dwyer, who shared in the league’s Golden Boot with fellow first-teamer Jose Angulo of the Pittsburgh Riverhounds. Defender Rob Valentino and midfielder Jamie Watson also represent Orlando City on the first team, while Charlotte midfield star Jorge Herrera earned second-team honors.
The regular-season champion Richmond Kickers lead all teams with four players selected to the All-League teams, with Orlando City, the Pittsburgh Riverhounds and the Harrisburg City Islanders next in line with three selections each. The Charleston Battery and Los Angeles Blues each had two players honored, while the Eagles, Dayton Dutch Lions, Rochester Rhinos, Wilmington Hammerheads and VSI Tampa Bay FC had one each.
The finalists for Coach of the Year, Defender of the Year, Goalkeeper of the Year, Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player will be announced on Wednesday, September 4, with the awards being presented at the USL PRO Championship Media Luncheon on Friday, September 6 in Orlando.
The 2013 USL PRO Championship Game will see the No. 2 seed Orlando City host the No. 5 seed Charlotte Eagles at the Citrus Bowl at 7:30 p.m. ET on Saturday. The Eagles defeated the regular-season champion Richmond Kickers 2-1 to advance, while Orlando City held off the Charleston Battery, 3-2.
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2013 USL PRO All-League First Team
GK – Andrew Dykstra, Richmond Kickers
D – Colin Falvey, Charleston Battery
D – Henry Kalungi, Richmond Kickers
D - Rob Valentino, Orlando City
D – William Yomby, Richmond Kickers
MF – Matt Dallman, Pittsburgh Riverhounds
MF – Joseph Ngwenya, Richmond Kickers
MF – Jamie Watson, Orlando City
F – Jose Angulo, Pittsburgh Riverhounds
F – Dom Dwyer, Orlando City
F – Sainey Touray, Harrisburg City Islanders
2013 USL PRO All-League Second Team
GK – Nick Noble, Harrisburg City Islanders
D – Danny Earls, Rochester Rhinos
D – Josh Rife, VSI Tampa Bay FC
D – Andrew Marshall, Pittsburgh Riverhounds
D – Daniel Steres, Wilmington Hammerheads
MF – Michael Azira, Charleston Battery
MF – George Davis IV, Los Angeles Blues
MF – Jorge Herrera, Charlotte Eagles
F – Gibson Bardsley, Dayton Dutch Lions
F – Matt Fondy, Los Angeles Blues
F – Lucky Mkosana, Harrisburg City Islanders
USL PRO Championship Game
No. 5 Charlotte Eagles at No. 2 Orlando City, 7:30 p.m. ET, USLNation.com