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2016 PDL All-Western Conference Team

07/29/2016, 10:00am EDT
By PDL Staff

Fuego's Chaney, Foothills FC's Russo headline Western Team

Photo by Fresno Fuego

TAMPA, Fla. –  Eight teams, including the Fresno Fuego, Calgary Foothills FC and FC Tucson, are represented in the 2016 PDL All-Western Conference Team.

Fuego goalkeeper Augustin Rey was voted the best in the West, while teammate Christian Chaney headlines a trio of talented forwards.

Two UCLA standouts also appear on the All-Western Conference Team. San Diego Zest FC’s Erik Holt and FC Golden State Force’s Jose Hernandez both received honors this year.

All-Conference honors are based solely off regular-season performance, and players were voted on by teams within their respective conference.

PDL All-Western Conference Team

GK – Augustin Rey, Fresno Fuego: Rey appeared in all 14 games for the Fuego in 2016, securing seven shutouts. He made 41 saves and recorded a 0.54 goals against average.
D – Josh Smith, Burlingame Dragons FC: Smith played 10 regular-season games for Dragons FC. The 24-year-old defender helped the Central Pacific Division club record four shutouts during the campaign.
D – Niko De Vera, Portland Timbers U-23s: Akron University's De Vera shined for the Timbers U-23s in 2016. The 20-year-old defender played 12 games, and was the leader on the back line for the Northwest Division club.
D – Gordon Hall, FC Tucson: The University of Northern British Columbia’s Hall helped Tucson earn five shutouts during the regular season, appearing in 11 games for the Southwest Division winner.
D – Nathan Aune, Washington Crossfire: Seattle University’s Aune made 12 appearances for the Crossfire during the regular season, scoring one goal. The 19-year-old defender was key to the Crossfire’s success, helping the team earn four shutouts.
M – Michael Turner, FC Tucson: The University of San Diego’s Turner made 13 appearances in 2016, scoring three goals. The 21-year-old midfielder also assisted three goals to help Tucson win the Northwest Division title.
M – Erik Holt, San Diego Zest FC: UCLA’s Holt appeared in eight games, scoring two goals. The 19-year-old midfielder was instrumental in seeing Zest FC earn a PDL Playoffs appearance in its inaugural PDL season.
M – Jose Hernandez, FC Golden State Force: UCLA’s Hernandez, ranked seventh in the fifth edition of the 2016 PDL Top Prospects list, was important to the Force’s success all season. The 20-year-old scored three goals and provided four assists in 11 games played during the regular season.
F – Mark Verso, FC Golden State Force: Stanford University’s Verso, ranked 26th in the latest PDL Top Prospects list, scored a team-high 12 goals in eight games played. The 21-year-old forward also provided one assist to lead his team to a PDL Playoffs berth.
F – Christian Chaney, Fresno Fuego: Chaney, ranked first in the latest PDL Top Prospects, played 12 games in the 2016 season, scoring a Western Conference-high 13 goals. The 22-year-old forward also provided one assist en route to helping the Fuego clinch the Central Pacific Division regular-season title.
F – Dominic Russo, Calgary Foothills FC: The University of Calgary’s Russo, ranked 25th in the latest PDL Top Prospects list, led Foothills FC to a Northwest Division title – its first in team history. The 21-year-old forward scored six goals while also providing one assist in 2016.

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