TAMPA, Fla. – The United Soccer League announced today its 2016 USL All-League Teams, honoring the top performers from the 2016 USL Regular Season. The New York Red Bulls II and FC Cincinnati each garnered multiple selections on the All-League First Team, as the regular season champions and standout expansion club’s players shone throughout the season.
The 2016 USL All-League Team was voted on by team management and a league-wide media panel that included representation from every USL market.
FC Cincinnati capped a remarkable first season in the USL with a league-high three First Team selections, as goalkeeper Mitch Hildebrandt, defender Harrison Delbridge and forward Sean Okoli were all honored. Okoli adds his First Team selection to the 2016 USL Golden Boot, after leading the USL with 16 goals during the season.
The USL Regular Season champion Red Bulls II also earned three selections, as defender Aaron Long and forward Brandon Allen were both named to the First Team, and defender Zach Carroll earned Second Team honors. Allen finished tied for second in the USL with 15 goals, setting a USL Rookie record in the process.
The trio of Red Bulls II players named to the 2016 USL All-League Team are set to compete in the 2016 USL Cup Final, Presented by Nike, on Sunday at Red Bull Arena where they will square off with the Swope Park Rangers’ All-League First Team selection Amer Didic.
The Finalists for the 2016 USL Awards will be announced on Wednesday, preceding the 2016 USL Cup Final, Presented by Nike, which will air live on ESPNU, the WatchESPN app and be simulcast on SiriusXM on Sunday, October 23 at 8 p.m. ET.
2016 USL All-League First Team
GK – Mitch Hildebrandt, FC Cincinnati
D – Harrison Delbridge, FC Cincinnati
D – Amer Didic, Swope Park Rangers
D – Aaron Long, New York Red Bulls II
D – Hugh Roberts, Richmond Kickers
M – Danny Barrera, Sacramento Republic FC
M – Villyan Bijev, Portland Timbers 2
M – Enzo Martinez, Charlotte Independence
F – Brandon Allen, New York Red Bulls II
F – Jack McBean, LA Galaxy II
F – Sean Okoli, FC Cincinnati
2016 USL All-League Second Team
GK – Devala Gorrick, Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC
D – Zach Carroll, New York Red Bulls II
D – Joe Farrell, Rochester Rhinos
D – Bruno Perone, Wilmington Hammerheads FC
D – Josh Suggs, Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC
M – José Barril, Harrisburg City Islanders
M – Kenardo Forbes, Rochester Rhinos
M – Yudai Imura, Richmond Kickers
F – Irvin Herrera, Saint Louis FC
F – Corey Hertzog, Pittsburgh Riverhounds
F – Cameron Iwasa, Sacramento Republic FC