The USL released the PDL First and Second team’s today and 8 players who will be playing college ball this summer made the first team and 4 who will be playing this fall made the second team. That’s more than I thought would make given how sparsely college players were represented throughout the season on the PDL’s Team of the Week. PDL First Team All-League G-Matt Pickens, Chicago FR (SW Missouri State) D-Denny Clanton, Chicago FR (Dayton) D-John Swann, Mid Michigan (Indiana) D-Jake Ward, Southern California (Azusa Pacific) M-Jason Acres, Chicago ES M-Tomas Boltnar, Des Moines M-Anders Kelto, West Michigan M-Mike Mariscalco, Kalamazoo (Butler) F-Carlos Garcia, Williamsburg (William & Mary) F-Hamid Mehreioskouei, Chicago FR (Bradley) F-Mike Tranchilla, Memphis (Creighton) Here are links to the bios of the current college players. Pickens – no link available Clanton – http://www.daytonflyers.com/story/team_member_bio_denny_clanton_1498.html Swann - http://www.indiana.edu/~athlweb/graphic/sports/m-soccer/players/swann.html Ward – http://www.apu.edu/athletics/soccer/mens/bios.shtml#anchorward Mariscalco – http://www.butlersports.com/soccer/men/roster/mariscalco_michael.htm Garcia – no link available Mehreioskouei – http://www.bubraves.com/soccer/archive/2001-2002/roster/hmehreioskouei.html Tranchilla - http://www.fansonly.com/schools/crei/sports/m-soccer/mtt/tranchilla_mike00.html Acres played at Judson College back in the early 90s, Boltnar played at California of Pennsylvania and was a senior last year and Kelto played 3 years at Brown before spending his final season at Michigan St. last fall. PDL Second Team All-League G-Chris Sawyer, Indiana (Notre Dame) D-Joard Odera, Texas D-Jerry Rybak, Indiana (Alliant International) D-David Wagenfuhr, Boulder (Creighton) M-Jeremy Bleyenberg, Kansas City M-Vitor Moreira, Bradenton M-Tom Poltl, Orange County M-Bo Simic, Vermont F-Ron Badanai, Thunder Bay F-Jason Thompson, Boulder (Eastern Illinois) Here are links to the bios of the current college players. Sawyer – http://www.fansonly.com/schools/nd/sports/m-soccer/mtt/sawyer_chris00.html Rybak – no link available Wagenfuhr – http://gocreighton.ocsn.com/sports/m-soccer/mtt/wagenfuhr_david00.html Thompson – no link available Odera played at Midwestern State in the late 90s; Bleyenberg played at Lindenwood and was a senior in 2000; Poltl played at UCLA and was a senior in 1999; Simic played at Jacksonville in the late 90s; Fray played at St. Gregory’s and was a senior in 1999. I couldn’t find any college info on either Moreira or Badanai. There is a good amount of talent on these teams. Tranchilla and Thompson have been called into the U23 camp and Pickens, Clanton, Ward, Mehreioskouei, Sawyer (who was the GK on SA’s All Freshman team last year) and Wagenfuhr are all age-eligible and I wouldn’t be at all surprised if any of them get a look from Mooch. (Rybak may also be age-eligible but his school didn’t have a bio. Still, he’s a player to watch as he is a two-time NAIA All-American.) Further, all of the aforementioned players are legit pro prospects and several of them will make MLS rosters next spring or the year after. Mariscalco, the only repeat member of the first team, will also get a long look from MLS, though he’s too old for the U23 team. Also too old is Swann, an unsung player at IU who helped the Hoosiers lead the country in defense last year. It’s funny, at the time, I found it odd that no IU back made any All-American teams so I’m glad to see one of their defenders finally get some love. Garcia, who is from Colombia, is a good little player though I don’t know how his citizenship issues will impact his pro career here. BTW, Boulder is in the final so it’s no surprise that they have 3 players on the first or second teams. But, fellow finalist Cape Cod got shutout, which I imagine will provide plenty of motivation for them come Saturday. The individual awards will be announced Wednesday.