DeAndre Yedlin Named First-Team All-Conference/PDL For Sounders U23

DeAndre Yedlin (photo by Chris Coulter/Sounders U23)

UPDATE: Sounders U23 defender DeAndre Yedlin was named First-Team All-Conference on Monday and All-PDL on Tuesday. The 19-year-old helped lead the U23 team to the Northwest Division title, a spot in next year's U.S. Open Cup and into the PDL semfinals. The PDL is made up of four conferences and the All-League team will be announced on Tuesday.

"DeAndre was an absolute warrior this summer," Sounders U23 head coach Darren Sawatzky told Sounder at Heart. "He has grown a lot in the past year as a player and as a man. The honor is well deserved and we are excited to watch him grow this fall at Akron."

Yedlin, who's eligible to become a Homegrown Player for the Seattle Sounders, is coming off a freshman season at collegiate power Akron where he was named one of Top 10 Freshman in the country to Top Drawer Soccer after playing in all 23 games, making 20 starts and registering a goal and six assists.

"DeAndre is poised to play at the next level, and time will tell how well he does," Sawatzky added in Tuesday's release. "He has the piecesnecessary to play as a professional and it will be fun to watch him in the coming years"

With the U23s, he had a goal and an assist, while playing all 1,440 minutes for a the team that went from a last-place finish as the Tacoma Tide last year to a first-place finish in the ultra-competitive Northwest Division.

Complete All-Conference & All-PDL teams after the jump:

2012 PDL All-Conference Teams

Western Conference
GK - Elliott Mitrou, Victoria Highlanders FC
D - James Farenhorst, Van. Whitecaps FC U-23
D - Stephen Mohn, Kitsap Pumas
D - Conor Spence, FC Tucson
D - DeAndre Yedlin, Sounders FC U23
MF - Ben Fisk, Vancouver Whitecaps FC U-23
MF - Matt Friesen, Kitsap Pumas
MF - Francisco Lopez, Ventura County Fusion
F - Jaime Chavez, LA Misioneros FC
F - Mark Sherrod, Portland Timbers U-23s
F - Gyasi Zardes, Ventura County Fusion

Eastern Conference
GK - John McCarthy, Ocean City Nor‘easters
D - Patrick Boucher, CFC Azul
D - Marcello Castro, Ottawa Fury
D - Greg Cochrane, Reading United AC
D - Sebastian Ibeagha, Carolina Dynamo
MF- Christian Barreiro, Baltimore Bohemians
MF - Jason Massie, GPS Portland
MF - Stephen Okai, Reading United AC
F - Deshorn Brown, Reading United AC
F - Alencar Junior, Worcester Hydra
F - David Neuberth, Real Maryland Monarchs

Central Conference
GK - Adam Grinwis, Michigan Bucks
D - Sicelo Buthelezi, Thunder Bay Chill
D - Kevin Cope, Michigan Bucks
D - Lorne Donaldson, Real Colorado Foxes
D - Peter Nechvatal, Kansas City Brass
MF - Tom Catalano, Michigan Bucks
MF - Bryan Ciesiulka, Chicago Fire
MF - Jordan Green, Kansas City Brass
F - Jordan Ayris, Forest City London
F - Sullivan Oliveira Silva, Thunder Bay Chill
F - Branden Stelmak, Cincinnati Kings

Southern Conference
GK - Alonso Jimenez, West Texas Sockers
D - Taian de Souza, Panama City Beach Pirates
D - Oumar Diakhite, Orlando City U23
D - Max Gunderson, Laredo Heat
D - Zack Pope, Austin Aztex
MF - Juan de Dios Ibarra-Trevino, Laredo Heat
MF - Douglas Dos Santos, Ocala Stampede
MF - Kekuta Manneh, Austin Aztex
F - Karamba Janneh, Ocala Stampede
F - Chrispin Ochieng, Mississippi Brilla
F - Kristopher Tyrpak, Austin Aztex

2012 PDL ALL-LEAGUE TEAM
GK - Adam Grinwis, Michigan Bucks
D - Max Gunderson, Laredo Heat
D - Sebastian Ibeagha, Carolina Dynamo
D - Kevin Cope, Michigan Bucks
D - DeAndre Yedlin, Sounders FC U23
M - Matt Friesen, Kitsap Pumas
M - Jordan Green, Kansas City Brass
M - Tom Catalano, Michigan Bucks
F - Sullivan Silva, Thunder Bay Chill
F - Deshorn Brown, Reading United
F - Mark Sherrod, Portland Timbers U-23s

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