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Richards Named PDL Player of the Week
2010 MVP scored hat trick for Timbers U-23s

USL News Release

Thursday, May 19, 2011

TAMPA, Fla. – United Soccer Leagues today announced the USL Premier Development League Team of the Week for Week 3 of the season, honoring Portland Timbers U-23s forward Brent Richards as Player of the Week after he scored a hat trick in his first game of the season, a 6-0 victory against the Washington Crossfire on Sunday evening.

Richards, who was named the PDL Most Valuable Player in 2010, scored three consecutive goals as the Timbers earned their first victory of the season. It was the third hat trick in the club’s history.

Richards was joined on the Team of the Week by fellow forwards Nathanial Foster, who had a pair of goals in Mississippi Brilla’s 3-1 victory against the FC JAX Destroyers, and Keith Detelj, who scored three goals in two games for the Long Island Rough Riders in a pair of victories last week.

Real Maryland’s Ryan Gracia was named to the side after two strong midfield performances saw him record a pair of goals as Real won its opening two games in the South Atlantic Division. Gracia was joined in the midfield by Adrian Avila, whose dominant performance in midfield and goal helped Orange County earn a 1-1 draw against BYU, and David Walker, who had a goal and two assists in Ventura County’s 4-0 victory against the LA Blues 23.

The Jersey Express’ Shaun Foster led the defenders, putting in a strong performance at the heart of his side’s defense as they earned a 3-0 victory against the Westchester Flames. He was joined by Carolina Dynamo goalkeeper Scott Goodwin, who recorded a shutout in his side’s 2-0 victory against the West Virginia Chaos, and Stephen Okai from Reading United, who helped his side continue its strong start to the season with a 4-0 victory against New Jersey.

Completing the side are another pair of defenders in the Laredo Heat’s Leone Cruz, who scored an 87th-minute goal to give his side victory against West Texas United, and MPS Portland’s Brian Fekete, who scored his first goal of the season as the Phoenix remained perfect on the season with a 2-0 victory against the Vermont Voltage.


USL Premier Development League Team of the Week






Chase Goodwin


Recorded shutout as Dynamo opener the season with 2-0 win


Shaun Foster


Was strong in center of defense as Express beat Westchester 3-0


Stephen Okai


Led United defense with physicality and clearing dangerous crosses


Brian Fekete

MPS Portland

Scored first goal of season as Phoenix remained undefeated


Leone Cruz


87th-minute game-winner gave Heat victory against West Texas United


Adrian Avila

Orange County

Scored key goal as Blue Star remained undefeated


David Walker

Ventura County

Had a goal and two assists in 4-0 win against LA Blues 23


Ryan Gracia

Real Maryland

Had a goal in each of Real’s opening weekend victories


Brent Richards

Portland U23s

Had third hat trick in team history against Washington Crossfire


Nathanial Foster


Had a pair of goals as Brilla opened their season win with


Keith Detelj

Long Island

Scored three goals in two games as Rough Riders won both contests

Honorable Mention: BYU – Junior Lartey; Carolina – Hakan Ilhan; Central Florida – Keneil Baker; Chivas El Paso – Areil Chavez; Rodrigo Morin; Des Moines – Deshorn Brown; FC JAX – Kareem Yearwood; IMG Bradenton – Andre Mittoo, Andrew Bulls; Jersey – Josh Trott; North Sound – Vinicius Oliveira; Reading – Hasani Sinclair; Lasse Sohrweide; Schulz Academy – William Suedois; Tacoma – Daniel Gray; Ventura County – Andy Rose; West Texas United – Leif Craddock, Ben Everson.


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