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Will Campbell and Billy McConnell anchoring the Reading United defense; Brett Campbell scores his 11th career PDL goal and more.

Will Campbell (left) and Billy McConnell have anchored a Reading United defense that hasn't surrendered a goal so far in 2016
Dave Musante

Billy McConnell and Will Campbell have made quite the pair in the middle of Reading United's defense so far this season. The Union Academy alums have paired three out of Reading's four games so far this season, anchoring a defense that has not surrendered a goal.

Campbell was back in the starting lineup over the weekend and the Reading defense pitched another shutout, their second in league play to go with two clean sheets in Open Cup play.

Georgetown senior forward Brett Campbell got in on the goal-scoring party on Saturday, adding the team's fifth goal in a 5-0 route of Evergreen FC. The goal was the 11th in a Reading uniform for Campbell in his third season with the team.

Campbell was the only Reading player to convert a penalty in a disappointing shootout that saw NPSL side Chattanooga FC advance in the U.S. Open Cup after a scoreless draw.

Villanova sophomore midfielder Zachary Zandi made his second start for Reading in the match but had to leave in the 43rd minute. His former midfield teammate with the U18 team, Northeastern sophomore Kevin Carvalho, also started the match.

Defender Kaique Fernandes, a recent addition to the Reading roster, made his first start for the team on Saturday. Fernandes, a senior at Wright State, is the younger brother of Union and Bethlehem Steel FC midfielder Leo Fernandes. At 6-foot-3, little brother has three inches on Leo.

Other PDL Teams

Syracuse sophomore defender/midfielder Morgan Hackworth got the start and played 87 minutes for Lehigh Valley United Sonic in their opening weekend loss to Reading United on May 15. Goalkeeper Kyle Morton made four saves and allowed just the one goal in the match.

North Carolina senior defender Colton Storm is on the roster with the Portland Timbers U23 team this summer but has not appeared in either of the team's first two matches, a loss and a draw.

Delaware sophomore defender John Schroeder is on the roster for the South Florida Surf but has not appeared in any of the team's three games so far this season.

Darius Madison has made one 11-minute appearance so far for Kitsap Pumas since signing a pro contract with the PDL team.

Stanford defenders Brian Nana-Sinkham and Drew Skundrich are both on the roster for Burlingame Dragons FC.


Defender Quincy Thomas started and went the distance in Memphis City FC's scoreless draw against New Orleans Jesters on May 21.

Duke senior midfielder Brian White started and scored a goal in the Carolina Railhawks U23 team's 4-0 win over Georgia Revolution on May 19.