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U.S. Soccer Announces Development Academy U-17/18 Post-Season Awards


Player Development Academy’s Christian Hernandez Takes Player of the Year;
Weston FC’s Marcelo Neveleff Named Academy Coach of the Year; Academy and
Conference Starting XI Awards Announced

CHICAGO (July 6, 2011) – U.S. Soccer has announced the U-17/18 Development Academy Starting XI, Player and Coach of the Year and conference honors for the 2010-11 season just three days before the start of Finals Week, which is set for July 9-16 in Milwaukee, Wis.

Players Development Academy midfielder Christian Hernandez has been named the U-17/18 Player of the Year after scoring 16 goals in 26 appearances. Hernandez, who was named U-17/18 Player of the Week on March 13, helped his team to a 7-2-1 divisional record, which was enough to seal the top place in the Liberty Division and the No. 6 seed overall in Playoffs. Hernandez will be a key part of the Players Development Academy team as its moves through Finals Week.

Marcelo Neveleff has been named the Development Academy Coach of the Year for the U-17/18 age group after turning around a Weston FC team that finished 4-8-4 in the Southeast Division last season, leading them to a first-place finish in the division in 2010-11 and a place in Finals Week. Neveleff also coached three players to the South Conference Starting XI this season, and also leads the U-15/16 Weston FC team.

FC Dallas is the only club with two players named to the All Academy team as defenders Jack Coleman and Moises Hernandez were both honored. The two other defenders are Pateadores’ Javan Torre and New York Red Bulls’ Bryan Gallego. The group of midfielders includes Cosmos Academy West standout and 2009-10 U-17/18 Player of the Year Marvin Iraheta, Wil Trapp from Crew Soccer Academy and Player of the Year Christian Hernandez from Players Development Academy.

The forward corps boasts Cal Odyssey’s Villyan Bijev, Real Salt Lake AZ’s Maikon Orrellana and Weston FC’s Xavi Silva, the only U-17/18 player to twice be named Player of the Week during the 2010-11 season. Jesus Guzman from the San Jose Earthquakes was recognized as the top goalkeeper in the U-17/18 age group this season.

Moises Hernandez and Iraheta are the only two players to earn U-17/18 Academy honors for the second-consecutive season, while Gallego and Trapp were named to the U-15/16 All Academy team in 2009-10.

The Development Academy has honored players and coaches with post-season awards since its inaugural season in 2007-08. Past Players of the Year include FIFA U-20 World Cup veteran Dillon Powers and current Major League Soccer forwards Ruben Luna (FC Dallas) and Soony Saad (Sporting Kansas City).


U-17/18 Development Academy Starting XI
GOALKEEPER: Jesus Guzman (San Jose Earthquakes)
DEFENDERS: Javan Torre (Pateadores), Jack Coleman (FC Dallas), Bryan Gallego (New York Red Bulls), Moises Hernandez (FC Dallas)
MIDFIELDERS: Marvin Iraheta (Cosmos Academy West), Wil Trapp (Crew Soccer Academy), Christian Hernandez (PDA)
FORWARDS: Villyan Bijev (Cal Odyssey), Maikon Orrellana (Real Salt Lake AZ), Xavi Silva (Weston FC)
Coach of the Year: Marcelo Neveleff (Weston FC)

Central Conference Starting XI
GOALKEEPER: Jeff Gal (Sockers FC)
DEFENDERS: Jack Coleman (FC Dallas), AJ Cochran (St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri), Moises Hernandez (FC Dallas), Peter Beasley (Chicago Fire)
MIDFIELDERS: Victor Pineda (Chicago Fire), Wil Trapp (Crew Soccer Academy), Tony Rocha (Texans SC Houston)
FORWARDS: Khiry Shelton (Lonestar SC Academy), Jon Top (FC Dallas), Amadou Dia (Real Colorado)
Coach of the Year: Oscar Pareja (FC Dallas)

East Conference Starting XI
GOALKEEPER: Andrew Harris (Baltimore Bays Chelsea)
DEFENDERS: Tim Parker (Albertson SC), Taylor Washington (FC Westchester), Bryan Gallego (New York Red Bulls), Matt Jeffrey (PDA)
MIDFIELDERS: Jimmy McLaughlin (FC DELCO), Marcos Ugarte (FC Greater Boston), Christian Hernandez (PDA)
FORWARDS: Brandon Allen (New York Red Bulls), Alex Swanger (Empire United), Hiroki Kobayashi (FC Westchester)
Coach of the Year: Tom Garigen (Empire United)

South Conference Starting XI
GOALKEEPER: Andrew Wolverton (Concorde Fire)
DEFENDERS: Nathan Diehl (Birmingham United), Jonathan Campbell (NC Fusion), Joaquin Del Rosario (CASL Chelsea FC), Mitch Lurie (Concorde Fire)
MIDFIELDERS: Jordan McCrary (Concorde Fire), Brian James (Weston FC), Cooper Vandermaas-Peeler (CASL FC Chelsea)
FORWARDS: Monbo Bokar (CASL FC Chelsea), Xavi Silva (Weston FC), Verneri Valimaa (Weston FC)
Coach of the Year: Marcelo Neveleff (Weston FC)

West Conference Starting XI
GOALKEEPER: Jesus Guzman (San Jose Earthquakes)
DEFENDERS: Javan Torre (Pateadores), Isaiah Trejo (Cal Odyssey), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC), Grant Silvester (California Development Academy)
MIDFIELDERS: Marvin Iraheta (Cosmos Academy West), Dennis Flores (Arsenal FC), Seth Casiple (California Development Academy)
FORWARDS: Reed McKenna (San Diego Surf), Maikon Orrellana (Real Salt Lake AZ), Villyan Bijev (Cal Odyssey)
Coach of the Year: Dan Calichman (Cosmos Academy West)






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