Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySoccer World DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America ClassifiedsGame Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Chill beats the Heat in championship
August 11th, 2008 7:01AM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

[PDL] The Thunder Bay Chill completed one of the greatest turnarounds in the history of the Premier Development League when it won the 2008 title with a shootout victory Saturday over the defending champion Laredo Heat in the final before 3,451 fans at Texas A&M International University.

In the process, the Chill became the first Canadian team to win a PDL title.

Two years ago, Thunder Bay had a 2-11-3 record, its worst record in nine years of play. In 2008, it went 13-2-1 in the regular season and won four straight games to advance to the final.

Led by U.S. U-20 star and PDL U-19 Player of the Year Felix Garcia, Laredo dominated play in the first half and took the lead when Isaac Morales scored 23 seconds into the second half on a rebound after Garcia's shot a volley of the crossbar, but the Chill equalized on Gustavo Oliveira's chip in the 63rd minute.

The Chill prevailed, 4-1, in the shootout, where Stephen Paterson made two saves.

AWARDS
Most Valuable Player - Junior Garcia (Yakima)
Coach of the Year - Wolfgang Suhnholz (Austin)
Defender of the Year - Norberto Papandrea (Austin)
Goalkeeper of the Year - Miguel Gallardo (Austin)
U19 Player of the Year - Felix Garcia (Laredo)

ALL-LEAGUE TEAM
Goalkeeper
Miguel Gallardo, Austin
Defenders
Darius Barnes, Cary
Mike Holody, Michigan
Norberto Papandrea, Austin
Midfielders
Will Beague, Ottawa
Fabricio Codeceira, Fresno
Adam Gazda, Reading
Nate Jafta, Michigan
Forwards
Carlos Araujo, Central Florida
Felix Garcia, Laredo
Junior Garcia, Yakima



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
MLS: This week ...    
The Seattle Sounders moved into first place in the Western Conference and overall MLS standings with ...
What They're Saying: Ghostwriter David Lagercrantz    
"You can imagine the moment when I, the fake Zlatan Ibrahimovic, had to send the manuscript ...
Open Cup: USL teams sweep all seven matches against NASL teams    
In a third-round Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup shocker, USL teams won all seven matches against ...
USL Roundup: Aztex await word on stadium    
A week full of Open Cup matches is just part of what's happening in the USL. ...
Video Pick: Chinese keeper's water break proves very costly    
Everything was going just fine for Chongqing Lifen, a club battling to avoid the relegation zone ...
NASL suspends its board chairman     
Aaron Davidson, one of the marketing executives charged in the U.S. Department of Justice's probe into ...
Morris scores again, but U.S. U-23s fall to France    
The U.S. U-23 national team gave up three early goals in a 3-1 loss to host ...
What They're Saying: FIFA spokesperson Walter De Gregorio    
"This for FIFA is good. It is not good in terms of image or reputation, but ...
Twenty for Canada 2015: New Zealand's Ali Riley    
Ali Riley is about as American as you can get. Born in Los Angeles. Product of ...
FIFA bombshell: seven arrested in Zurich, 14 indicted    
Zurich's Baur au Lac, the preferred hotel of FIFA executives, was raided in the early morning ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives