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Local Soccer Notebook 8/5/17

PDL stars with local ties honored, Anthony Fontana profiled by hometown paper & more

Matt Ralph

More accolades for Reading United midfielder Aaron Molloy and New York Red Bulls U23 teammates Brian White (Flemington, N.J.) and Ben Lundgaard (Greenville, Del.). White was named league MVP, Lundgaard goalkeeper of the year and Molloy young player of the year. Click here for the full list of honorees.

Ocean City Nor’easters handed out team awards, which included awards for the team’s University of Delaware trio: defensive MVP Todd Morton (West Chester, Pa.), young player of the year John Schroeder, a Philadelphia Union Academy alumnus and breakthrough player of the year for Robert Gillin (Marlton, N.J.).

Philadelphia Ukrainian Nationals center back Colin Davis (Ambler, Pa.) is joining the Philadelphia Union Academy U17 team.

Former PA Classics and Philadelphia Union Academy midfielder/forward Robert Miller III was named Toledo Villa FC’s player of the year. The Ohio club competes in the amateur Premier League of America. Miller is entering his second season at Bowling Green.

Former New England Revolution midfielder Steve Neumann (New Hope, Pa.) started an MBA program at his alma mater, Georgetown, last month.

Coming off a perfect season, Lower Dauphin is ranked in the top 10 in two national high school preseason polls.

Jake Nerwinski (Lawrenceville, N.J.) was voted Vancouver Whitecaps player of the month.

Matthew DeGeorge checked in with Lehigh sophomore goalkeeper Will Smith (Devon, Pa.), who has been training this summer with Bethlehem Steel FC.

Kevin Tresolini wrote about Anthony Fontana’s journey from soccer-loving youth soccer player in Delaware to a first-team contract with the Union.

Penn Fusion Academy midfielder Sam Brown (Media, Pa.), Philadelphia Ukrainian Nationals forward Dane Harmaty and Real Jersey FC trio Kitch Andrew, Thomas Napoli and Joseph Cino were named to the U.S. Youth Soccer National Championships Best XI for the boys. YMS Xplosion midfielder Brie Pavol and FC Pennsylvania Strikers’ Avery Cotter were named on the girls side.

Eleven teams from the region will participate in the U.S. Youth Soccer National League for 2017-18.

All but on of Villanova’s Big East games will be broadcast on Big East Digital this fall. The women’s team will have seven conference games streamed.

Penn alum Matt Poplawski has joined the staff at Wake Forest as a volunteer assistant coach.

Send news and story ideas about the local soccer scene to matthew.r.ralph@gmail.com.