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
Timbers U23s complete perfect season
by Paul Kennedy, August 7th, 2010 1:07AM

MOST READ
TAGS:  college men, portland timbers, usl

MOST COMMENTED

[PDL] The Portland Timbers U23s became the first team in Premier Development League history to go undefeated and untied through the regular season and playoffs when they beat the Thunder Bay Chill, 4-1, in Saturday's final.

The PDL MVP and Rookie of the Year Brent Richards had the winning goal for the Timbers, who finished with a 20-0-0 record.

He put them ahead on a looping header in the 51st minute and added a second goal 11 minutes later.

Former Oregon State midfielder Trac y Hasson and former Louisville midfielder Freddie Braun also scored for the Timbers, who played with a man advantage after Thunder Bay's Rafa Heck was sent off in the 17th minute.

The only goal for the Chill, the 2008 PDL champion, was scored by Brazilian Gustavo Oliveira, a former NAIA star.
 
Richards, a junior at the University of Washington, tallied 14 goals and 30 points in only 12 regular-season games for the Timbers.

He got the MVP nod over PDL scoring leader Brandon Swartzendruber from the Chill.

New Jersey Rangers standout forward Dominic Reinold finished just behind Richards in rookie voting.

For more on the awards ...
 
Defender of the Year – Joe Tait, Baton Rouge Capitals
 
Tait accounted for an impressive six goals and an assist in 12 games for the Capitals, who captured the Southern Conference title. Tait hails from Hartlepool, England, plays at Lindsey Wilson.
 
Coach of the Year – Jim Rilatt, Portland Timbers U23s
 
How could anyone vote against the season Rilatt has produced in Portland? Playing in the ultra-competitive Northwest Division, Rilatt led the Timbers to a perfect 16-0-0 regular-season mark, becoming the first unbeaten and untied PDL team since the 1998 Jackson Chargers. He's also an assistant for the professional Timbers.
 
Goalkeeper of the Year – Ryan Meara, Ironbound Express
 
Meara was named to the PDL All-League Team after recording an impressive eight shutout wins in only 12 games played. He ranked fourth in the league in goals-against average at 0.666 and only Ottawa’s Andrew Murphy had more shutouts.



No comments yet.

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




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
Crowd Count: Seattle draws 64,358 fans, tops in MLS    
The crowd of 64,358 for Sunday's Seattle-Vancouver match at CenturyLink Field was the the largest of ...
U.S. national team vets coming and going    
U.S. men's national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann named the initial squad of 23 players who will ...
Klopas is first MLS coach to be fired this season    
Hours after Saturday's 2-1 loss to Toronto FC -- its third straight defeat -- the Montreal ...
Herzog names U.S. U-23 squad for England game     
U.S. U-23 national team coach Andi Herzog has named a 24-player squad for a Aug. 30-Sept. ...
No Giovani dos Santos in Mexico squad    
Just weeks after joining the LA Galaxy, Giovani dos Santos is out of the team under ...
USA and Mexico will split Rose Bowl tickets    
When the USA played Mexico in the 2011 Gold Cup final at the Rose Bowl, the ...
What They're Saying: FIFA statement    
"The growth of football and the increased participation levels in the U.S. have been tremendous and ...
RSL promotes Waibel, moves Zarkos into soccer operations    
With the exit of general manager Garth Lagerwey to Seattle at the end of the 2014 ...
Chicago Fire completes Maloney transfer    
Scottish midfielder Shaun Maloney is headed back to England, ending one of the shorter Designated Player ...
Canada calls up nine MLS players to face Belize     
Forward Cyle Larin heads a list of nine MLS players chosen by Canada head coach Benito ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives