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The 2017 PDL Players to Watch list is comprised of PDL Top Prospects from throughout the 2017 season. The list provides insights on players performing at the highest level across the league, with the potential to succeed in future play at the professional level.
While there are many players who can put up strong goal-scoring numbers, only a few can do so when it matters most. On opening weekend, Skinyashiki showed he's one of those clutch performers.
With the University of Denver taking on Florida Gulf Coast in a top-25 clash, Skinyashiki showed up big-time to help lead his team to victory. The Colorado Rapids U23 product showcased his skills while recording a game-winning brace in Denver's 3-1 win to open the season on the right foot.
Forrest didn't miss a beat in transitioning from Lehigh Valley United's PDL campaign to Lehigh University's men's team, erupting in the team's season-opener.
Forrest, who scored three goals in seven appearances for his PDL team in 2017, needed just one contest to equal his total for the year. In his collegiate team's 3-2 season-opening win, Forrest carried the team on his back with a brilliant hat-trick to take victory into his own hands.
The only man on this list able to equal Forrest's goal count this weekend, Farina put on a show in Notre Dame's two victories.
In the season-opener against San Diego on Friday night, Farina contributed a goal en route to a 2-0 win. The Chicago FC United man continued his strong start to the year with another goal and an assist in the Fighting Irish's 2-1 win over Cal Poly on Sunday.
Musovski put together a comprehensive performance in UNLV's season opener, helping the Rebels pull off an upset against a few fellow PDL players.
The FC Tucson player notched a goal and an assist for UNLV as the team pulled off a stunning come-from-behind upset against top-25 opponent Portland. Musovski's performance got the better of fellow PDL players on Portland, as Gio Magana and Benji Michel both recorded goals and Rey Ortiz, Jason Romero, and Caua Soares all notched assists in a losing effort.
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While Wake Forest dismantled both of their opponents over the weekend, Argudo came up big in the team's top-25 clash against Providence on Sunday.
After the Demon Deacons demolished Rutgers by a 5-1 scoreline to open the season, the team took down the Friars of Providence by a 4-1 result, in large part thanks to Argudo. The Carolina Dynamo man recorded a brace in the team's winning effort, securing a big win against highly-ranked opposition. He was helped along by fellow PDL Top Prospect and New York Red Bulls U23 defender Kevin Politz, who recorded his first goal since 2015.
The No. 1 PDL Top Prospect and Golden Boot winner in 2017 got his collegiate season off on the proper note, and helped his team to do so as well.
Brian White came out swinging for the Blue Devils of Duke, as the Red Bulls U23 forward recorded a brace in the team's 3-0 win over Fordham to open the season.
Another PDL player at a top university also helped his team get the season started properly with a pair of goals.
Foster Langsdorf recorded a brace for two-time defending National Champions Stanford en route to a 4-0 win over San Jose State. The San Francisco City FC man helped the Cardinal take their first step towards what the team hopes will be a third consecutive title.
Fresh off a PDL title-winning season with the Charlotte Eagles, Mutaya Mwape put together a game-winning performance for Lindsey Wilson University.
In the team's match this week against Tennessee Wesleyan, Mwape recorded the lone, game-winning goal for his NAIA collegiate team, sharing that familiar victorious feeling with his university teammates.