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TDS: 28 PDL Players Named to Preseason Best XI Teams

08/22/2017, 2:00pm EDT
By Colton Coreschi -

PDL players steal the show on the TopDrawerSoccer preseason best XI teams

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A total of 28 players from 18 different Premier Development League teams were honored in the TopDrawerSoccer Preseason Best XI teams ahead of the NCAA Division I season's kickoff this Friday.

The list contains a total of 44 players across four teams, including a freshman team, more than half of which is comprised of PDL players and alumni.

FC Tucson leads the charge with four players honored, while the New York Red Bulls U-23, Portland Timbers U-23, Burlingame Dragons FC, Saint Louis FC U-23 and SIMA Aguilas each added multiple members.

Included on the list was current No. 1 PDL Top Prospect and Duke star Brian White, who featured for the Red Bulls U23. He's joined by teammate and fellow top-ten prospect Ben Lundgaard, who plays his college soccer with Virginia Tech and No. 3 prospect Brad Dunwell of the Michigan Bucks, featuring for Wake Forest.

In total, seven current top prospects made the cut, including White, Lundgaard, Dunwell, Sergi Nus, Cam Lindley, Mo Adams, and Kevin Politz.

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PDL Players Highlighted

First Team

GK: Jefferson Caldwell (Colorado Rapids U23/Virginia)

D: Kevin Politz (New York Red Bulls U23/Wake Forest), Tomas Hilliard-Arce (Stanford), Grant Lillard (Indiana), Tim Kubel (Louisville)

M: Brad Dunwell (Michigan Bucks/Wake Forest), Cam Lindley (Wilmington Hammerheads FC/North Carolina), Amar Sejdic (Maryland)

F: Gordon Wild (Maryland), Albert Ruiz (FC Tucson/Florida Gulf Coast), Jon Gallagher (Notre Dame)

Second Team

GK: Ben Lundgaard (New York Red Bulls U23/Virginia Tech)

D: Wyatt Omsberg (Seacoast United Phantoms/Dartmouth), Cory Brown (Xavier), Aaron Herrera (FC Tucson/New Mexico)

M: Jean-Christophe Koffi (Virginia), Brian White (New York Red Bulls U23/Duke), Pablo Pelaez (Southern California Surf/San Diego State), Mauro Cichero (OKC Energy U23/SMU)

F: Mohammed Thiaw (Portland Timbers U23/Louisville), Foster Langsdorf (San Francisco City FC/Stanford), Marcelo Acuna (Virginia Tech)

Third Team

GK: James Marcinkowski (Burlingame Dragons FC/Georgetown)

D: Grant Stoneman (Chicago FC United/Loyola-Chicago), Sergi Nus (Fresno Fuego/Virginia), Patrick Bunk-Andersen (Clemson)

M: Drew Skundrich (Burlingame Dragons FC/Stanford), Mo Adams (Reading United AC/Syracuse), Paul Hoffmeister (Utah Valley)

F: Edward Opoku (AC Connecticut/Virginia), Afonso Pinheiro (FC Tucson/Albany), Daniel Musovski (FC Tucson/UNLV), Sam Gainford (Saint Louis FC U-23/Akron)

Freshman Team

GK: William Pulisic (North Carolina FC U23/Duke)

D: Brandon Terwege (UCLA), Logan Panchot (Saint Louis FC U23/Stanford), John Nelson (North Carolina FC U23/North Carolina)

M: Blake Bodily (Portland Timbers U23/Washington), Brandon Servania (Wake Forest), David Loera (NC State), Caua Soares(SIMA Aguilas/Portland)

F: Kizza Edward (SIMA Aguilas/Pittsburgh), Rodney Michael (UC Santa Barbara), Umar Farouk Osman (Michigan)

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