Timbers U-23s Miller named to PDL Team of the Week
PORTLAND, Ore. – United Soccer Leagues has announced that Portland Timbers midfielder/defender Eric Miller (Woodbury, Minn.) has been named to the Premier Development League Team of the Week for Week 4. Miller becomes the second Timbers U-23s player to earn Team of the Week honors in 2012.
Miller’s standout play last week helped the Timbers U-23s to a shutout victory over the Kitsap Pumas at JELD-WEN Field on May 24 and a road win over Vancouver Whitecaps U-23 on May 26. The Timbers U-23s have won each of their first five matches of the 2012 campaign and sit among the leaders in the PDL’s Northwest Division.
Since joining the Timbers U-23s on May 14, Miller, 19, has played in three matches and scored a goal. On May 26, Miller was selected to the U.S. U-20 National Team’s 20-man roster for a training camp and a series of international friendlies against Uruguay and Chile in South America; he will be on national team duty through June 12.
Additionally, forward Clark Phillips (Portland, Ore.) and midfielders Steven Evans (Troutdale, Ore.) and Cam Vickers (Lake Tapps, Wash.) were all named honorable mention on the Week 4 Team of the Week.
PDL Team of the Week: Week 4
GK Jose Silva – Worcester
DF Eric Miller – Portland
DF Sicelo Buthelezi – Thunder Bay
DF Ray Estrada – Orange County
DF Assane Keita – Fredericksburg
MF Phil Buffington – Mississippi
MF Alfredo Queseda – Springfield
MF Charles Rodriguez – Nashville
FW Kekuta Manneh – Austin
FW Travis Bowen – Ventura County
FW Ryan Kinne – CFC
Honorable Mention – Austin: Jesus Cortes; Baltimore: Chris Somerville, Hugh Roberts; Brooklyn: Stefan Manz; El Paso: Ernesto Bolivar; FC London: Martin Lange; Fredericksburg: Don Smart, Colin Newcity; Kitsap: Matt Freisen; Laredo: Greg Mulamba, Horacio Leal; Long Island: Keith Detelj, Tom Wharf; Michigan: Anthony Grant, Tom Catalano; Mississippi: Chris Ochieng; Nashville: Iyassu Bekele, Andrew Nkurunungi; New Jersey: Paul Killian, Samson Malijani; New Orleans: Patrick Mullins; North Sound: Claudio Lazar; Orange County: Miles Byass; Orlando: David Graydon; Palmetto: Mark Mangotic; Panama City Beach: Matthew Friesen; Portland: Clark Phillips, Steven Evans, Cam Vickers; Reading: Pedro Ribeiro, Ryan Finley; Real Maryland: Bush Yormie; Sounders FC U23: Aodhan Quinn; Southern West Virginia: Harry Sherwood; St. Louis: Dean Lovegrove, Martin Clayes; Thunder Bay: Juan Velez, Stephen Paterson; Vancouver: Long Tan; Ventura County: Francisco Lopez; Victoria: Elliot Mitrou; VSI Tampa: Kenny Hogg; Washington: Nik Besagno, Eli Gordley; West Texas: Kal Herbert; Worcester: Alencar Junior