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Foothills FC's Russo Rises in 2016 PDL Top Prospects List

08/04/2016, 3:00pm EDT
By PDL Staff

Forward enters the Top 20; Fuego's Chaney remains in the top slot

Photo by Stuart Gradon/Calgary Foothills FC

TAMPA, Fla. – Days away from competing in the PDL Championship, Calgary Foothills FC forward Dominic Russo climbs inside the Top 20 in the sixth edition of the 2016 PDL Top Prospects list.

After scoring six goals and providing one assist to lead Foothills FC to a Northwest Division title, Russo has netted three goals in the 2016 PDL Playoffs. The 21-year-old also assisted the first goal in Foothills FC’s 3-0 win over the Ocean City Nor’easters in the PDL Semifinals.

Georgetown University’s Arun Basuljevic rises to the fifth slot after finishing the 2016 season with eight goals and five assists – both team-highs for the New York Red Bulls U23. The dynamic midfielder earned 2016 PDL All-League Team honors on Wednesday.

Fresno Fuego forward Christian Chaney retains the top slot in the sixth edition of the Top Prospects list, finishing the season with 13 goals, one assist and All-League Team honors.

Four players inside the Top 20 have one game left to play in the 2016 PDL campaign. Adam Najem, Alhassan Abubakar and Russell Cicerone will face off against Russo in the PDL Championship at 7:30 p.m. ET from the Ultimate Soccer Arenas in Pontiac, Michigan, on Saturday (Watch Online).

More than 20 scouts across North America provide the PDL with valuable insight on players who are performing 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 Prospects list serves as a useful resource for professional clubs who are interested in identifying and scouting high-level performers.

Top 20 Top Prospects
 Christian Chaney - Forward - Fresno Fuego
2. Chevaughn Walsh - Forward - Ocean City Nor’easters
3. Alhassan Abubakar - Defender - Michigan Bucks
4. Miguel Jaime - Midfielder - Ocean City Nor'easters
5. Arun Basuljevic - Midfielder - New York Red Bulls U23
6. Jose Hernandez - Midfielder - FC Golden State Force
7. Lucas Coutinho - Midfielder - South Florida Surf
8. Adam Najem - Midfielder - Michigan Bucks
9. Josh Taylor - Defender - OKC Energy U23
10. Tate Schmitt - Midfielder - FC Tucson
11. Christopher Lema - Midfielder - New York Red Bulls U23
12. Dominic Russo - Forward - Calgary Foothills FC
13. Macauley King - Defender - Charlotte Eagles
14. Nico Campbell - Goalkeeper - Des Moines Menace
15. Adam Polakiewicz - Defender - K-W United FC
16. Jorge Guinovart - Midfielder - South Florida Surf
17. Hugo Delhommelle - Forward - Reading United AC
18. Russell Cicerone - Forward - Michigan Bucks
19. Eric Lynch - Forward - Dayton Dutch Lions
20. Paul Christensen - Goalkeeper - Sounders FC U23

Read previous editions of the Top Prospects list:
First Edition (May 25)
Second Edition (June 6)
Third Edition (June 22)
Fourth Edition (July 7)
Fifth Edition (July 19)

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