Five goals and Two Assists Help Aztex to Unbeaten Run in May
CHICAGO (June 7, 2010) – U.S. Soccer announced today that Austin Aztex forward Eddie Johnson was voted the USSF Division-2 Professional League May Player of the Month. Johnson recorded five goals and two assists during the month of May to propel the Aztex to first place in the league and a 4-0-2 record over the course of the month.
Away from House Park, Johnson’s three goals and an assist earned Austin 10 points from four games on the road in May. On May 1, the Chester, England, native scored the equalizer against the NSC Minnesota Stars in the 75th minute, helping his team fight back from an early deficit. In two games against the Tampa Bay Rowdies, the forward netted two goals and, on May 26, capped off a 3-1 win against rival Miami FC. Johnson closed the month with an assist on his side’s first goal in a 2-0 victory against Crystal Palace Baltimore.
After his run of good form, Johnson jumped to second in the league in goals, points and shots. He is also tied for third in assists in the USSF D-2 Pro League.
Austin, with an overall 7-1-2 record, has taken first place in the league and is five points ahead of the next closest competitor with 23 points in 10 games.
The USSF D-2 Pro League Player of the Month is selected by a panel of journalists comprised of members of print, television, radio and online media hailing from each the of the 12 USSF D-2 Pro League clubs’ local markets.
About the USSF D-2 Pro League
The United States Soccer Federation Division-2 Professional League is the second division professional soccer league in the United States. In 2010, the United States Soccer Federation formed an agreement between United Soccer Leagues (USL) and the North American Soccer League (NASL), under which the USSF would operate the league in the 2010 season and work alongside the USL and NASL on day-to-day activities.
The league consists of two conferences of six teams named the USL Conference and the NASL Conference. The USL Conference includes the Austin Aztex, Minnesota Thunder, Portland Timbers, Puerto Rico Islanders, Rochester Rhinos and Tampa Bay Rowdies. The NASL Conference is made up of Crystal Palace Baltimore, Carolina RailHawks, Miami FC, Montreal Impact, AC St. Louis and Vancouver Whitecaps.
Each of the 12 teams will play 30 regular season games for a total of 180 games. The season will run from the second week of April until early October, with the playoffs to be contested during the following weeks.