By CARL SETTERLUND
USL Pro announced the league’s top 22 players on Wednesday.
The Richmond Kickers led the 14-team league with three members of the First XI — William Yomby, George Davis and Matthew Delicâte — while championship finalist Sacramento Republic FC and future MLS expansion squad Orlando City featured two players apiece.
The Harrisburg City Islanders, who will face Sacramento in the league championship this weekend, only had one player on the list, and he was on the second team.
There were several players with MLS connections on the teams, including LA Galaxy II players Chandler Hoffman, Daniel Steres, Andre Auras.
Orlando City striker Kevin Molino was an All-League first-team member and has already been signed to the team’s 2015 MLS team. Meanwhile, second-team member Luke Boden is currently in negotiations to join the Lions in the top flight.
D.C. United goalkeeper Joe Willis (Richmond Kickers) and Columbus Crew forward Aaron Schoenfeld (Dayton Dutch Lions) were both on loan this season and made the second team.
Here’s a full breakdown of the 2014 USL Pro first and second All-League teams:
GK – John McCarthy, Rochester Rhinos
D – Luke Boden, Orlando City SC
D – Ashani Fairclough, W. Hammerheads FC
D – Nemanja Vukovic, Sac. Republic FC
D – William Yomby, Richmond Kickers
MF – George Davis, Richmond Kickers
MF – Rodrigo Lopez, Sac. Republic FC
MF – Kevin Molino, Orlando City SC
F – Matthew Delicâte, Richmond Kickers
F – Chandler Hoffman, LA Galaxy II
F – Dane Kelly, Charleston Battery
GK – Joe Willis, Richmond Kickers
D – Matt Bahner, Harrisburg City Islanders
D – Gareth Evans, OKC Energy FC
D – Brad Rusin, Orlando City SC
D – Daniel Steres, LA Galaxy II
MF – Andre Auras, LA Galaxy II
MF – Jorge Herrera, Charlotte Eagles
MF – Allan Russell, Orange County Blues FC
F – J.C. Banks, Rochester Rhinos
F – Aaron Schoenfeld, Dayton Dutch Lions
F – Long Tan, Arizona United SC
USL Pro will announce the finalists for the league’s major awards — Coach of the Year, Defender of the Year, Goalkeeper of the Year, Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player — on Wednesday.
The awards will be presented at the USL Pro Championship news conference on Friday in Sacramento.
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