USL News Release
TAMPA, FL – United Soccer Leagues announced Friday the Premier Development League All-Conference Teams as voted on by team coaches and general managers, honoring 44 of the league’s top players for their play in the 2007 season.
Thirty teams were represented by the 44 players selected to the Central, Eastern, Southern and Western All-Conference Teams. The unbeaten regular season champion Hampton Roads Piranhas became the first team since the introduction of All-Conference Teams in 2003 to have five players honored on their respective All-Conference Team.
The Kansas City Brass and Michigan Bucks had the next highest number of honorees with three players selected. Kansas City opened the season with an 11-game unbeaten record only to see three consecutive losses leave the door open for St Louis to catch up and eventually take the second playoff spot. The defending champion Bucks also opened their campaign with an 11-game unbeaten run and went on to capture the division title. Seven teams had two players honored.
2007 Premier Development League All-Conference Teams
G – Stephen Paterson, Thunder Bay Chill
D – Mike Holody, Michigan Bucks
D – Josh Howard, Kansas City Brass
D – Josh White, Kansas City Brass
M – Tomas Boltnar, Des Moines Menace
M – Keith Gorzcyca, Kansas City Brass
M – Nate Jafta, Michigan Bucks
M – Jake Stacy, West Michigan Edge
F – Tommy Heinemann, St Louis Lions
F – Saidi Isaac, Indiana Invaders
F – Kenny Uzoigwe, Michigan Bucks
In addition to the All-Conference Team selections, USL also announced for the first time the top vote recipient from each team that did not have any players honored on the All-Conference lists in 2007. They were:
Central Conference: Neil Hlavaty (Chicago), Jamie Fairweather (Toronto), Matthew Tudich (Cleveland), PJ Wilson (Fort Wayne), Josh Fallin (Colorado), Omar Shoucair (Springfield & Missouri State, pictured at left) and Adam Douglas (Sioux Falls).