[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.