North American Soccer League Best XI

[AWARDS] Miguel Ibarra, who is with the USA for Friday's game against Colombia, is the only repeat selection on the North America Soccer League Best XI. He is one of four Minnesota United FC players on the team.
 
Goalkeeper
Jimmy Maurer, New York Cosmos: The Lawrenceville, Georgia, native appeared in 24 games, posting the league's second-best goals against average (0.91) and recording a league-high 11 shutouts.
 
Defenders
Tiago Calvano, Minnesota United FC: The 33-year-old Brazilian played 24 total games this year, and helped the Loons to seven shutouts. Only two teams conceded fewer goals than United.
 
Justin Davis, Minnesota United FC: The Litchfield Park, Arizona, native saw action in 25 matches this year, notching four assists and one goal from the left back position.

Darnell King, Fort Lauderdale Strikers: The former forward spent the better part of 2014 as a right back, appearing in 25 total games. In addition to helping the Strikers post seven shutouts, the speedy defender contributed two goals and four assists.
 
Carlos Mendes, New York Cosmos: The 33-year-old defender from nearby Mineola helped New York post a league-low three goals in the NASL Spring Season, and chipped in a pair of goals and an assist in 25 games.
 
Midfielders
Rafael Castillo, San Antonio Scorpions: The 34-year-old Colombian made 17 appearances for the Scorpions in 2014, scoring eight times and dishing out two assists.
 
Miguel Ibarra, Minnesota United FC: The recently capped U.S. international is the only player from last year's Best XI on the 2014 version. The Lancaster, California, native played 26 games, scoring seven goals and adding five assists.
 
Lance Laing, FC Edmonton: The Jamaican international, who appeared in all 27 regular-season games for FC Edmonton, makes his second NASL Best XI. Switching from defense to midfield midway through the year, the speedy Laing, 27, scored seven goals and added six assists.
 
Walter Restrepo, San Antonio Scorpions: The Colombian played 25 matches this year, scoring three goals and tallying four assists. Earning NASL Best XI honors for the second time, the 26-year-old midfielder is best known as the player involved in the trade with Fort Lauderdale, which got its hotel rooms and bus transportation covered in San Antonio for Restrepo.

Forwards
Fafa Picault, Fort Lauderdale Strikers:  The 23-year-old forward scored the second most goals in the league this year, finding the net 12 times in 22 games. He recently received his first call-up to the Haiti national team.

Christian Ramirez, Minnesota United FC: The Santa Ana, Calif., native played in all 27 regular-season games this year, scoring a league-best 20 times. United posted an undefeated record in the 17 games when Ramirez scored. The 6-foot-2 forward was named NASL Player of the Month three times.
1 comment about "North American Soccer League Best XI".
  1. Kyr-Roger St.-Denis, November 14, 2014 at 8:52 a.m.

    Having seen Restrepo play, I bet Ft Lauderdale wishes it had specified nicer hotels in the deal.

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