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USL hands out 2008 honors
November 25th, 2008 7AM
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[AWARDS] The Puerto Rico Islanders (USL-1), Cleveland City Stars (USL-2), Ocean City Barons (PDL) and Pali Blues (W-League) were named organizations of the year in United Soccer Leagues' honors handed out Friday night its annual Hall of Fame and Awards Dinner in Tampa.

Inducted in the USL Hall of Fame were former Minnesota Thunder player and coach Amos Magee, Rochester Rhinos former Rochester Rhinos goalie Pat Onstad and Northern Virginia Royals owner Mo Sheta.

Lasting Contribution awards went to Cultural Videos and Sports Communications owner and producer David Bolton and Monument Sports Group agency founder Mark Grossman.

USL First Division
Regular Season Champions: Puerto Rico Islanders
Fair Play: Puerto Rico Islanders
Marketing: Portland Timbers
Communications: Vancouver Whitecaps
Key Grip: Lindsay Puchlik, Vancouver Whitecaps
Sprinturf Executive of the Year: Andrew Bell, Charleston Battery
Organization of the Year: Puerto Rico Islanders

USL Second Division
Regular Season Champions: Charlotte Eagles
Fair Play: Charlotte Eagles
Marketing: Wilmington Hammerheads
Communications: Richmond Kickers
Key Grip: Micah Pigott, Richmond Kickers
Sprinturf Executive of the Year: Tom Engstrom, Charlotte Eagles
Rookie Franchise of the Year: Pittsburgh Riverhounds
Organization of the Year: Cleveland City Stars

Premier Development League
Regular Season Champions: Michigan Bucks
Fair Play: Fort Wayne Fever
Marketing: Laredo Heat
Communications: Ventura County Fusion
Key Grip: Scott Taylor, Mississippi Brilla
Sprinturf Executive of the Year: Gali Maimon, Brooklyn Knights
Rookie Franchise of the Year: Austin Aztex
Organization of the Year: Ocean City Barons

Regular Season Champions: Pali Blues
Fair Play: West Michigan Firewomen
Marketing: Rochester Rhinos
Communications: Jersey Sky Blue
Key Grip: Kenzo Bergeron, Pali Blues
Sprinturf Executive of the Year: Anton Maksimov, FC Indiana Lionesses
Rookie Franchise of the Year: FC Indiana Lionesses
Organization of the Year: Pali Blues

Additional Awards
USL Progress Award: Puerto Rico Islanders
Lasting Contribution: Dave Bolton; Mark Grossman
USL Employee of the Year: Lee Cohen



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