Springfield Demize player Eric Martin receives honorable mention in this weeks PDL Player of the Week nod.
PDL NEWS RELEASE: Thursday, May 23, 2013
Michigan’s Steinberger Named Player of the Week
Played role in all five goals for Bucks against Inferno
TAMPA, Fla. – The PDL announced today its Team of the Week for the third week of the season, with Michigan Bucks forward Zach Steinberger being honored as the Player of the Week. Steinberger played a role in all five goals for the Bucks in their 5-0 win against the Chicago Inferno, recording a hat trick and two assists, to lead Michigan to victory in the opening game of its PDL season.
Steinberger opened the scoring for the Bucks in the 19th minute, firing home from the top of the penalty area from a pass by Adam Montague. Steinberger then assisted on a pair of goals by Montague in the final five minutes before the break, giving the Bucks a 3-0 halftime lead, before finding the net again himself just before the hour mark, volleying home a finish from Stewart Givens’ long throw-in. Steinberger capped his performance with 18 minutes to go, completing his hat trick.
Steinberger was joined in the Team of the Week’s attack by Billy Forbes of the Southern West Virginia King’s Warriors, who had a pair of goals in his side’s season-opening victory against the West Virginia Chaos. Victoria’s Brett Levis completed the trio, scoring twice as the Highlanders took their third consecutive win to start the season with a victory against the Sounders FC U23.
Manny Andrade of the Real Boston Rams led the midfield contingent, scoring twice in the club’s first victory, a 3-1 win against the Vermont Voltage. Also selected was Ricardo Velasco, who had a pair of goals in FC Tucson’s 3-1 win against the Southern California Seahorses, and U.S. U20 international Eric Miller, who had the game-winning goal in the Portland Timbers U-23s’ 2-0 win against the Sounders.
Defensively, Oklahoma City FC’s Scott Parkinson earned selection after scoring in his side’s first victory in club history. Des Moines’ Taylor Diem, who scored the only goal and was a force defensively for the Menace in their 1-0 win against Winnipeg, also earned selection, as did Ido Ligety, who played a key role in the Jersey Express’ 2-0 win against the F.A. Euro – New York Magic. Orlando City U23s’ Kyle Fisher rounded out the quartet, scoring in his side’s 3-1 win against IMG Academy Bradenton, while Laredo’s Emmanuel Frias took the goalkeeping honors after recording a shutout in the Heat’s 2-0 win against West Texas.
PDL Team of the Week
Had a three-save shutout as Heat defeated Sockers
Scored in OKC’s first win in franchise history
Recorded only goal, played well defensively, vs. Winnipeg
Held defense together as Express took 2-0 victory
Scored and was strong defensively in win against IMG
Had pair of goals in 3-1 win against Southern California
Lifted Rams to first win in club history with two goals
Controlled midfield, had game-winning goal, vs. Sounders U-23
Three goals, two assists to lead Bucks past Inferno
Had pair of goals as King’s Warriors defeated Chaos
Continued strong start with two goals in third consecutive win
Honorable Mention – Austin: Chuy Cortes, Leone Cruz; Baltimore: Michael Gamble, Julio Arjona; Carolina: Mamadee Nyepon, Sean Davis; CFC Azul: Mario DiMiceli; El Paso: Naoyas Aizawa; Houston: Walter Kromholz; Jersey: Jake Keegan; Kitsap: Shane Malcolm; Laredo: Alejandro de la Garza; London: Aaron Boyd; Long Island: Dominick Sarle, Tyler Arnone;Michigan: Adam Montague; Ocean City: Ken Tribbett, Frank Tweneboa; Oklahoma City: Adam Black, Niall Crick; Portland: Mark Sherrod, Clark Phillips; Reading: Dante Marini, Jason Plumhoff; Real Boston: Cole DeNormandie; SC United: Jack Metcalf, David Kenga; Sounders FC U23: Chris Brundage, Aodhan Quinn; So. California: Zach Bautista; Southern West Virginia: Mikey Robinson; Springfield: Eric Martin; Tampa Bay: Alex Morrell, Stivan Salinas; Ventura County: Matt Wiet, Dylan Riley; Victoria: Tyler Hughes; Washington: Spencer Richey.
The top developmental men’s league in North American, the 2013 PDL features 65 teams within four conferences throughout the United States and Canada. The PDL season consists of 14 regular season matches for each team, seven home and seven away, and provides elite collegiate players the opportunity to taste a higher level of competition while maintaining their eligibility. In addition to league play, PDL teams compete in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup as well as various exhibitions. The PDL has proven to be an important stepping-stone for top professionals now playing throughout the world.