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Adam Najem Named Top PDL Midfielder in College

11/15/2016, 3:00pm EST
By PDL Staff

Akron, Bucks talent claims top spot ahead of Trinity Western's Adekugbe and UCLA's Hernandez

TAMPA, Fla. – Akron talent Adam Najem has been named the Top PDL Midfielder after a successful campaign in the Mid-American Conference.

Najem, who earned 2016 PDL Creative Player of the Year honors after providing a league-high nine assists with the Michigan Bucks during the PDL regular season, is one of six players to start every game for Akron during the 2016 college campaign. The senior midfielder has scored five goals and provided five assists this fall, leading the Zips to a MAC Championship title.

“I believe Adam is a technically- and tactically-gifted player, who has the ability to make great decisions, even under the most intense pressure,” Bucks Head Coach Demir Muftari said. “His attitude is as impressive as his play – very driven to get the most out of himself and his teammates. I believe he will have a smooth transition into the next level, and expect him to have a long and prosperous career.”

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.

Top 10 Midfielders

1. Adam Najem – Akron – Michigan Bucks
2. Elijah Adekugbe – Trinity Western – Calgary Foothills FC
3. Jose Hernandez – UCLA – FC Golden State Force
4. Jorge Guinovart– Rio Grande – South Florida Surf
5. Arun Basuljevic – Georgetown – New York Red Bulls U23
6. Lucas Coutinho – Palm Beach Atlantic – South Florida Surf
7. Isaiah Madrid – Valparaiso – Albuquerque Sol F.C.
8. Miguel Jaime – Florida Gulf Coast – Ocean City Nor'easters
9. Joseph Holland – Hofstra – Ventura County Fusion
10. Aleksi Pahkasalo – Lindsey Wilson – Derby City Rovers

Honorable Mentions

Sergio Camargo – Syracuse – K-W United FC; Christopher Lema – Georgetown – New York Red Bulls U23; Bradley Dunwell – Wake Forest – Michigan Bucks; Josh Taylor – St. Edward’s – OKC Energy U23; Martim Galvao – Pfeiffer – Ocean City Nor'easters

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