TAMPA, Fla. – Burlingame Dragons FC forward Jamael Cox has been named the PDL Player of the Week for the first week of the 2016 regular season after he scored a pair of goals during Burlingame’s first two victories of the campaign.
Cox netted the lone goal for a 1-0 road win against the Fresno Fuego last Friday in the PDL Game of the Week, playing in front of a Fresno base of 5,237. He followed that up with a penalty kick conversion as Burlingame posted a 4-0 win against LA Laguna FC on Sunday.
Jamael Cox / Photos courtesy of Burlingame Dragons FC
PDL Team of the Week
GK – Borja Angoitia, FC Tucson: Angoitia made six saves, posted a clean sheet and sustained a 60-minute stretch down a man during Tucson’s season-opening 1-0 victory against San Diego Zest FC to take the early lead in the Southwest Division.
D – Tom Wharf, Long Island Rough Riders: Wharf led a solid back line for a shutout victory against the Westchester Flames. He also nearly found his first goal in the second half, hitting the woodwork.
D – John Stadler, Lane United FC: Stadler played a prominent role in clamping down the Portland Timbers U-23 attack for a shutout win.
D – Josh Smith, Burlingame Dragons FC: Smith headed a Dragons defense that posted a road shutout against Fresno – while also playing shorthanded for 30 minutes – and a clean sheet against Laguna.
M – Mathias Binder, Lane United FC: Binder effectively controlled the central midfield during Lane’s victory against the Portland Timbers U-23s.
M – Jesus Sanchez, Kitsap Pumas: Sanchez set up Kitsap’s winning goal against Victoria and helped in breaking down the Highlanders’ defense en route to a 3-0 victory.
M – Chris Roswess, Western Mass Pioneers: Roswess scored an early second-half header as the Pioneers drew 1-1 with Seacoast.
M – Kevin Le Nours, FC Miami City: Le Nours tallied an equalizer off of a throw-in sequence and led his side to a 1-1 draw against Floridians F.C.
F – Jamael Cox, Burlingame Dragons FC: Cox factored in both Burlingame victories, scoring the lone goal during a big road win against Fresno and converting a PK during the team’s 4-0 win against LA Laguna FC.
F – Trey Collins, South Florida Surf: Collins’ first-half goal paved the way to a 1-0 season-opening victory against Villages SC.
F – Minh Vu, FC Tucson: The one-time member of the USL’s Rochester Rhinos provided a goal as shorthanded Tucson held for the victory against San Diego Zest FC.
Honorable Mention – Kitsap: Mike Ramos; Long Island: Tyler Botte; South Florida: Andres Ruiz.