Charleston Battery midfielder Nicki Paterson and forward Jose Cuevas have both been named to the USL PRO All-League First Team. In his second season with the Battery Paterson enjoyed a stellar year scoring 12 goals and adding 2 assists in all competitions. Jose Cuevas, in his rookie pro season, also excelled, scoring 7 goals and adding 5 assists in 27 games played.
The Wilmington Hammerheads, who will meet the Charleston Battery on Saturday night at Blackbaud Stadium for the 2012 USL PRO Championship, also have two players selected for the All-League teams. The Hammerheads are represented by forward Corey Hertzog, who finished second in league scoring despite playing only 17 games, on the first team. Midfielder Bryce Taylor, who tallied five goals and three assists, was selected for the second team.
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 5, with the awards being presented at the USL PRO Championship Media Luncheon on Friday, September 7 in Charleston.
The USL PRO Championship Game will see the No. 3-seed Charleston Battery host the No. 5-seed Wilmington Hammerheads at Blackbaud Stadium at 7:30 p.m. ET on Saturday. The Hammerheads defeated defending champion and No. 1-seed Orlando City 4-3 to advance, while the Battery upended the No. 2-seed Rochester Rhinos in penalty kicks to earn the right to host.
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2012 USL PRO All-League First Team
GK – Kristian Nicht, Rochester Rhinos
D – Josh Rife, Charlotte Eagles
D – Troy Roberts, Rochester Rhinos
D – Rob Valentino, Orlando City
D – William Yomby, Richmond Kickers
MF – J.C. Banks, Rochester Rhinos
MF – Kevin Molino, Orlando City
MF – Nicki Paterson, Charleston Battery
F – Dennis Chin, Orlando City
F – Jose Cuevas, Charleston Battery
F – Corey Hertzog, Wilmington Hammerheads