TAMPA, FL – (Tuesday, September 3, 2013) – USL PRO honored the top performers from the 2013 regular season today, naming Kickers goalkeeper Andrew Dykstra, defenders Henry Kalungi and William Yomby and midfielder Joseph Ngwenya to the All-League First Team, as chosen through a vote by team management.
Joining the Kickers for much of the season on loan from the club’s MLS affiliate, D.C. United, Dykstra claimed the USL PRO Goals-Against Average award as he finished the regular season with a GAA of 0.863. Dykstra was a key factor for the stingiest defense in USL PRO, leading the league with 10 shutouts in 22 appearances, posting a 13-1-8 goalkeeper record en route to the Kickers’ USL PRO Regular Season Championship.
Named to the USL All-League First Team for the fifth consecutive season, Yomby was the only player to play in all 30 regular season, U.S. Open Cup and playoff games during the 2013 campaign, leading the team with 2,578 minutes. Integral on both sides of the ball, the native of Cameroon added a goal and an assist while allowing just 24 goals in 26 regular season games and contributing to 13 shutouts overall.
A first-time All-League honoree, Kalungi has made 123 appearances with the Kickers over the past five seasons, contributing to 52 shutouts while splitting time with the Uganda National Team. Named team captain in 2012, he has anchored one of the league’s best defensive units en route to the 2009 USL PRO Championship, 2010 USL PRO Finals, 2011 U.S. Open Cup Semifinals and 2013 Regular Season Championship.
Richmond newcomer Joseph Ngwenya cemented himself as the club’s leading scorer this season, notching his 11th goal in the Kickers 1-0 win over Dayton in the USL PRO Quarterfinals. Adding six assists for 28 points overall, the Zimbabwean International brought eight years of MLS experience to Richmond, and finished ninth in the league with 23 points during the regular season.
The finalists for Coach of the Year, Defender of the Year, Goalkeeper of the Year, Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player will be announced on Wednesday, September 4, with the awards being presented at the USL PRO Championship Media Luncheon on Friday, September 6 in Orlando.
2013 USL PRO All-League First Team
GK – Andrew Dykstra, Richmond Kickers
D – Colin Falvey, Charleston Battery
D – Henry Kalungi, Richmond Kickers
D – Rob Valentino, Orlando City
D – William Yomby, Richmond Kickers
MF – Matt Dallman, Pittsburgh Riverhounds
MF – Joseph Ngwenya, Richmond Kickers
MF – Jamie Watson, Orlando City
F – Jose Angulo, Pittsburgh Riverhounds
F – Dom Dwyer – Orlando City
F – Sainey Touray – Harrisburg City Islanders
2013 USL PRO All-League Second Team
GK – Nick Noble, Harrisburg City Islanders
D – Danny Earls, Rochester Rhinos
D – Josh Rife, VSI Tampa Bay FC
D – Andrew Marshall, Pittsburgh Riverhounds
D – Daniel Steres, Wilmington Hammerheads
MF – Michael Azira, Charleston Battery
MF – George Davis IV, Los Angeles Blues
MF – Jorge Herrera, Charlotte Eagles
F – Gibson Bardsley, Dayton Dutch Lions
F – Matt Fondy, Los Angeles Blues
F – Lucky Mkosana, Harrisburg City Islanders