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USL Academy Announces 2021 Playoffs All-Tournament Team

By Staff, 12/10/21, 9:00AM EST


Title-winners Indy Eleven earn four First Team selections to lead event’s standout talents

TAMPA, Fla. – The United Soccer League announced on Thursday the All-Tournament Teams for the 2021 USL Academy Playoffs, honoring the top performers from the final event of the league’s inaugural season in the Tampa Bay region last week.

Tournament winners Indy Eleven lead the group with four selections to the First Team with Golden Glove winner Alex Svetanoff and Golden Boot winner Kabiru Gafar joined by midfielders Alann Torres and Diego Sanchez in being honored. Gafar recorded three goals and one assist at the event, while Torres had two goals and two assists as he captained the side to victory.

Fellow finalists Queensboro FC had three players selected to the First Team, with forward Damien Barker having led the side with three goals, while midfielder Piero Elias and defender Esteban Espinosa also earned recognition. Both the Charlotte Independence and New Mexico United – who met in the third-place matchup – earned two selections, with New Mexico’s Golden Ball winner Cristian Nava being joined by defender Mikah Madrid, and the Independence’s midfielder Jefferson Amaya and defender Augustus Guinle being selected.

The USL Academy Playoffs All-Tournament Team was selected by USL Academy scouts and staff.

USL Academy Playoffs All-Tournament Team
First Team
– Alex Svetanoff, Indy Eleven
D – Mikah Madrid, New Mexico United
D – Augustus Guinle, Charlotte Independence
D – Esteban Espinosa, Queensboro FC
M – Jefferson Amaya, Charlotte Independence
M – Diego Sanchez, Indy Eleven
M – Piero Elias, Queensboro FC
M – Alann Torres, Indy Eleven
F – Damien Barker, Queensboro FC
F – Kabiru Gafar, Indy Eleven
F – Cristian Nava, New Mexico United

Second Team
– Pol Rodriguez, Queensboro FC
D – Breckin Minzey, Indy Eleven
D – Stephen Romero, New Mexico United
D – Angel Bernal, San Antonio FC
M – Kibukila Mbula, San Antonio FC
M – Blake Pope, Charlotte Independence
M – Miles Merritt, New Mexico United
M – Alfonso Vazquez, AC Connecticut
F – Fisher Mills, AC Connecticut
F – Fabien Rodriguez, Southern Soccer Academy
F – Giancarlo Dostillo, Weston FC

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