Thursday, October 21, 2010

Jay Nolly Earns Goalkeeper of the Year Honors

CHICAGO (Oct. 21, 2010) – U.S. Soccer announced today that Portland Timbers midfielder Ryan Pore earned the award for Most Valuable Player and Jay Nolly of Vancouver Whitecaps FC was named Goalkeeper of the Year. The Best XI of the 2010 season was also revealed to conclude the rundown of league awards.

Pore, named the Goal Scoring Champion yesterday, was voted the league’s Most Valuable Player after a season which saw him lead the league in goals scored with 15 and points with 35. His five assists were also good enough for a tie for fifth place overall, as he made 29 appearances in 2010 and collected the April Player of the Month Award after the first month of league play.

Goalkeeper of the Year Jay Nolly played every match for a Vancouver defense that allowed a league low 22 goals in 30 games. His 0.735 goals-against-average was also best in the league.

Both Pore and Nolly appear on the Best XI, as does Defensive Player of the Year Greg Janicki. Joining the Vancouver defender on the back line is a pair of Rochester Rhinos in Aaron Pitchkolin and Troy Roberts. Alongside Pore in midfield are Martin Nash of Vancouver, Jamie Watson from the Austin Aztex, Paulo Araujo, Jr. of Miami FC and the Carolina RailHawks’ Daniel Paladini. Montreal Impact forward Ali Gerba and Austin’s Eddie Johnson make up the front line of league’s all-star lineup.

The USSF D-2 Pro League Postseason Awards are selected by a panel of journalists comprised of members of print, television, radio and online media hailing from each of the 12 USSF D-2 Pro League clubs’ local markets, as well as the general manager and head coach of each team.

USSF D-2 Pro League Most Valuable Player: Ryan Pore (Portland Timbers)

USSF D-2 Pro League Goalkeeper of the Year: Jay Nolly (Vancouver Whitecaps FC)

Best XI
Goalkeeper: Jay Nolly, Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Defender: Greg Janicki, Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Defender: Aaron Pitchkolan, Rochester Rhinos
Defender: Troy Roberts, Rochester Rhinos
Midfielder: Ryan Pore, Portland Timbers
Midfielder: Martin Nash, Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Midfielder: Jamie Watson, Austin Aztex
Midfielder: Paulo Araujo, Jr., Miami FC
Midfielder: Daniel Paladini, Carolina RailHawks
Forward: Eddie Johnson, Austin Aztex
Forward: Ali Gerba, Montreal Impact

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