TAMPA, FL – The University of the District of Columbia's Gabriel Torres was selected to the 2017 Premier Development League All-Southern Conference Team as voted on by members of the PDL Southern Conference.
"This is a great accomplishment for Gabriel because it is the highest level of soccer for college players in the summer," UDC Head Coach Matt Thompson said of his rising sophomore forward. "It is a tough league with many players coming from Division I institutions. The competition is great, and I am sure this will give Gabriel the confidence to come back to UDC ready to play at a high level for us this fall."
Torres, playing out of position at left back for his team, The Villages SC, appeared in 11 games beginning in May and lasting through July. He registered four goals and tied for the team-high with three assists. The Villages SC finished 4th in the nine-team league standings with a record of 8-4-2.
A Second Team All-East Coast Conference selection in Fall 2016, Torres finished his rookie season among the top-10 in the conference in three statistical categories: 7th in goals scored (eight), 8th in points (19) and 6th in shots (62). He scored at least one goal in six different games, including a hat trick performance in a 3-0 victory at East Stroudsburg.
Torres and rising graduate senior Victor Salinas Furio, a two-time Third Team All-ECC selection, are among several student-athletes returning from last year's team which was only a tiebreaker shy of qualifying for the program's first ECC Tournament.
The Firebirds open the 2017 fall season on August 31 at the Wilmington University Soccer Tournament vs. Bloomfield College.
About the PDL
The proven developmental leader in North American soccer's evolving tiered structure, the Premier Development League features 72 franchises in four conferences throughout the United States and Canada, including 19 clubs that are owned and operated by a professional club, or that hold a partnership with a professional club. The PDL has proven to be an important stepping-stone for top professionals now playing throughout the world, with nearly 70 percent of all MLS selections since 2010 having PDL experience. The PDL season consists of 14 regular season matches for each team, seven home and seven away, and provides elite collegiate players the opportunity to taste a higher level of competition while maintaining their eligibility. In addition to league play, PDL teams compete in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup as well as various exhibitions.