TAMPA, Fla. – With conference and national tournaments in full swing across North America, the Premier Development League has ranked Calgary forward Dominic Russo as the Top PDL Attacker in college.
Russo scored 15 goals and provided nine assists – both second-most in the Canada West Universities Athletic Association – for the Dinos during the 2016 college season. The 6-foot forward recorded six goals and one assist during the PDL regular season, earning 2016 PDL All-League Team honors. In the 2016 PDL Playoffs, Russo continued to excel, scoring four goals and providing one assist to lead Calgary Foothills FC to the PDL Championship.
“Dominic has carried on his great 2016 PDL season form into the CIS environment,” Foothills FC Head Coach Tommy Wheeldon Jr. said. “I've always said this boy is built for MLS and firmly believe he can keep progressing his career post-university now that he has finished his fifth year with the University of Calgary. He's strong, quick and possesses a ruthless streak in front of goal. If he's not scoring chances himself, he is creating chaos for his teammates to capitalize on. A great lad to work with, extremely loyal to both his club and university, which speaks volumes for his character too.”
More than 20 scouts across North America provide the PDL with valuable insight on players who performed at the highest level within the league, possess strong technical and tactical qualities and have the potential to play at the professional level. The Top 10 Attackers, Top 10 Midfielders, Top 10 Goalkeepers and Top 10 Defenders lists rank PDL players based on these factors, as well as their performance for their respective universities during the 2016 college campaign.
1. Dominic Russo – Calgary – Calgary Foothills FC
2. Corey Baird – Stanford – Burlingame Dragons FC
3. Mohamed Thiaw – Louisville – Portland Timbers U-23s
4. Nathan Regis – Pfeiffer – Ocean City Nor'easters
5. Russell Cicerone – Buffalo – Michigan Bucks
6. Jon Bakero – Wake Forest – FC Tucson
7. Hugo Delhommelle – Lander – Reading United AC
8. Riggs Lennon – Creighton – Lane United FC
9. Brandt Bronico – UNC-Charlotte – Carolina Dynamo
10. Daniel Musovski – UNLV – Burlingame Dragons FC