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PDL Team of the Week
West Texas’ Leif Craddock named PDL Player of the Week

USL News Release

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

TAMPA, FL – United Soccer Leagues announced today the Premier Development League Team of the Week for the sixth week of USL competition, honoring West Texas United goalkeeper Leif Craddock as Player of the Week for his eight-save, 1-0 shutout win over the Laredo Heat on Friday, May 15.

“Leif recorded a shutout, facing one of the toughest teams annually in the PDL,” said West Texas General Manager, Jeff Von Holle. “He recorded eight saves and faced 13 shots. Under pressure for most of the second half, Leif helped the Sockers record our first-ever franchise victory.”

The only goal of the match came in the 23rd minute via a successful penalty-kick attempt from Giber Becerra. That goal was the culmination of a four-shot first half from West Texas. In the second frame, the Sockers managed only one shot to Laredo’s five as Craddock took the match into his hands. The match was witnessed by a recorded attendance of 2,819, the Sockers largest home crowd of the season, which is sure to grow if Craddock and company can continue to rise in the PDL standings. They are currently tied for third in the Mid South Division with four points.

Sticking with the rising attendance figures in PDL matches, the Chicago Fire’s Freddie Braun recorded a goal in two assists from his midfield position to disappoint 2,250 Cincinnati Kings fans in Chicago’s 3-0 win on Saturday, May 16.

Battling the Fire for a berth in the 2009 US Open Cup Kalamazoo goalkeeper Mitch Hildenbrandt was as busy as the ticket windows in Cincinnati and West Texas last week. Hildenbrandt saw 33 shots and made 11 saves in a 1-0-1 week for the Outrage. Kalamazoo currently holds a 5-4 advantage in points over the Fire in the Open Cup standings, but the Fire has a game in hand.

Out west, Orange County currently holds a 9-6 advantage in points over the hard-charging Hollywood Hitmen thanks to goalkeeper Kris Minton, who leads all PDL goalkeepers with four shutouts and 32 saves. But this week Minton was overshadowed by teammate David Ponce, who netted a hat-trick and added an assist in a 4-0 win over Ogden. Hollywood faces the Outlaws on Saturday, May 23. Their biggest weapon last week, Jamie Chavez (5G) picked up four goals in two games to move into second place in the PDL scoring race behind Jerrod Laventure (6G 3A).

In the Northwest, Seattle defender Taylor Hoss played 180 minutes and helped the Wolves to both a 0-0 shutout draw against Tacoma and a 4-2 win over Spokane last week. Locked in a logjam with Portland, Kitsap and Tacoma, the Wolves play a huge Open Cup Qualification match Wednesday, May 20 against the unbeaten Timbers U23s. That match is set to kickoff at 7:30 PM PT in Seattle.

In the east, Long Island jumped atop the Open Cup qualification standings with a monumental 3-0 win over Newark thanks to Mike Palacio’s hat-trick. The two clubs both have six points in Open Cup Qualifying, but Long Island has the upper hand thanks to the head-to-head victory, and will, as long as they can take down the unbeaten (1-0-2) Westchester Flames in Westchester, New York this Saturday, May 23.

Finally, the West Virginia Chaos have made an impressive turnaround from last season’s record of 1-8-7 and are now eyeing the club’s first foray into the US Open Cup. The hero of last weekend was Chaos forward Adam Authur, who found the back of the net in the 89th minute of a 2-2 draw with the Virginia Legacy on Thursday, May 14. Not done yet, Authur again buried a stoppage-time goal two days later to push the Chaos past the Fredericksburg Gunners, 2-1. The Chaos will remain in contention for the Mid Atlantic Division’s Open Cup berth should they beat the Cary Clarets on Friday, May 22. The downside is that a formidable Reading Rage side has three matches this week: Wednesday against Hampton Roads, Friday against the Carolina Dynamo and Sunday versus Cary, to try to surpass West Virginia. An arduous triple to complete in the next five days, but as the defending PDL Eastern Conference Champions, Reading is more than capable.


Leif Craddock
West Texas
SO, 8S, 13SHFC in 1-0 win over Laredo
Josiah Snelgrove
Southern Cali.
1G, 90MP in 1-1 draw with Ogden
Taylor Hoss
180MP. 0-0 SO draw with Tacoma, 4-2 win over Spokane
Chris Spendlove
GWG in 76th minute free kick, solid defense in 4-2 win over DFW
Mark Potivihok
’Started attacks, got back to defend’ in 2-1 loss to Baton Rouge
Sean Dreybus
2G in 2-2 draw with West Virginia
Chris Andre
2G week: 1G in 4-3 loss to Tacoma. 1G in 2-0 win over Yakima
Freddie Braun
1G 2A in 3-0 win over Cincinnati
Jamie Chavez
4G: 2G in 3-0 win over Lancaster. 2G in 4-0 win over Bakersfield
Mike Palacio
Long Island
Hat-trick in 3-0 win over previously unbeaten Newark
Adam Authur
West Virginia
2 Stoppage-time goals in consecuative games: 2-1 win/2-2 draw
Honorable Mentions
Mitch Hildenbrandt
11S, 1SO, 33 SHFC, 1GA in 1-0-1 week. 1-1 draw & 1-0 win
Steven Beattie
St Louis
3G 2A in 2-0-0 week. 5-0 over Springfield, 4-2 over Kansas City
David Ponce
Orange County
3G 1A in 4-0 win over Ogden, 90MP in 1-0 win over Lancaster
Esteban Bayona
2G in 2-1 win over El Paso


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