Orange County Blues FC Captain Allan Russell was honored today by USL PRO, being named to the All-League Second Team. Russell led the Blues this season with eight goals and four assists. The full release from USL PRO is below.
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TAMPA, Fla. – USL PRO honored the top performers from the 2014 regular season today, naming the All-League First and Second Teams as chosen through a vote of team management and selected media.
The Harrisburg City Islanders and Sacramento Republic FC, who will meet at 10:30 p.m. ET Saturday night at Bonney Field in the 2014 USL PRO Championship Game presented by Nike, are both represented on the All-League teams. Republic FC placed a pair of players on the First Team – midfielder Rodrigo Lopez and defender Nemanja Vukovic – while the City Islanders are represented on the Second Team by defender Matt Bahner.
The Richmond Kickers led all clubs with four players selected to the All-League teams, with Orlando City and the LA Galaxy II next in line with three selections each. Sacramento and the Rochester Rhinos each had two players honored, while Arizona, Charlotte, Charleston, Dayton, Harrisburg, OKC, Orange County and Wilmington had one each.
2014 USL PRO All-League First Team
GK – John McCarthy, Rochester Rhinos
D – Luke Boden, Orlando City SC
D – Ashani Fairclough, W. Hammerheads FC
D – Nemanja Vukovic, Sac. Republic FC
D – William Yomby, Richmond Kickers
MF – George Davis, Richmond Kickers
MF – Rodrigo Lopez, Sac. Republic FC
MF – Kevin Molino, Orlando City SC
F – Matthew Delicâte, Richmond Kickers
F – Chandler Hoffman, LA Galaxy II
F – Dane Kelly, Charleston Battery
2014 USL PRO All-League Second Team
GK – Joe Willis, Richmond Kickers
D – Matt Bahner, Harrisburg City Islanders
D – Gareth Evans, OKC Energy FC
D – Brad Rusin, Orlando City SC
D – Daniel Steres, LA Galaxy II
MF – Andre Auras, LA Galaxy II
MF – Jorge Herrera, Charlotte Eagles
MF – Allan Russell, Orange County Blues FC
F – J.C. Banks, Rochester Rhinos
F – Aaron Schoenfeld, Dayton Dutch Lions
F – Long Tan, Arizona United SC
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 24, with the awards being presented at the USL PRO Championship news conference on Friday, September 26 in Sacramento.
The 2014 USL PRO Championship Game will see the No. 2 seed Sacramento host the No. 8 seed City Islanders after both took exciting 3-2 wins in the semifinals. The City Islanders scored their second consecutive road upset against the No. 4 Richmond Kickers, while Republic FC came back from a two-goal deficit in the second half to down the No. 3-seeded LA Galaxy II.
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