Gallardo, Ackwei Honored on All-League Teams
TAMPA, Fla. - USL League One announced the 2019 All-League First and Second Teams. Forward Joe Gallardo earned a spot on the All-League First Team, while defender Wahab Ackwei was named to the All-League Second Team.
Gallardo led the club with six goals this season, adding two assists. The forward also lead the team in shots (46) and shots on target (25). He had a passing accuracy of 74.8 percent from 636 passes.
Ackwei topped the club in several defensive categories. The Ghanian defender had 97 clearances, 49 interceptions and 13 blocks to lead all defenders this season for the Kickers.
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2019 USL League One All-League First Team
GK - Dallas Jaye, Greenville Triumph SC: Jaye led League One with 13 shutouts and a 0.78 goals-against average as he recorded 48 saves in 27 appearances at a 68.7 save percentage.
D - Conner Antley, South Georgia Tormenta FC: Antley recorded six goals and six assists and had 34 key passes as he posed an attacking threat alongside his defensive solidity, where he led all defenders with 201 recoveries and finished tied for third among defenders with 49 interceptions.
D - Christian Diaz, Forward Madison FC: Diaz won the third-most duels among defenders, taking 197 at a success rate of 64.5 percent, finished second in the league in interceptions with 52 and also ranked in the top five among defenders in recoveries with 165 for the Flamingos.
D - Tyler Polak, Greenville Triumph SC: Polak led the league with 65 interceptions and also ranked in the top ten among defenders in recoveries (160) and duels won (155 at a success rate of 61.3) as part of Greenville's league-best defense.
D - Cole Seiler, Greenville Triumph SC: Seiler was the lone defender in League One to win more than 100 aerial duels, recording 107 at a 61.8 percent success rate, and also ranked in the top four among defenders in duels won with 176.
M - Joe Gallardo, Richmond Kickers: Gallardo led the Kickers with six goals and notched two assists, completed 48 dribbles and recorded 34 chances created in the regular season.
M - Tumi Moshobane, Lansing Ignite FC: Moshobane tied for fourth in the league with 10 goals - including a league-high four from outside the penalty area - and recorded 40 chances created and four assists.
M - Arturo Rodriguez, North Texas SC: Rodriguez led the league with 10 assists and 72 chances created, while also finishing third on NTSC with seven goals, second in the league with 213 duels won and fourth in the league with 60 dribbles completed.
F - Steven Beattie, Chattanooga Red Wolves SC: Beattie led the Red Wolves with nine goals while also contributing three assists to help keep the Red Wolves in the playoff race until the final weekend of the regular season.
F - Ronaldo Damus, North Texas SC: Damus scored a league-leading 16 goals at a rate of a goal every 87 minutes on a conversion rate of 31.4 percent, posted the most shots on goal of any player in the league with 31 and also notched three assists.
F - Jordan Perruzza, Toronto FC II: Perruzza finished second in the league with 15 goals, averaging a goal every 120.6 minutes as he accounted for more than one-third of the Reds' goals during the regular season.
2018 USL League One All-League Second Team
GK - Alex Mangels, Chattanooga Red Wolves SC: Mangels recorded a league-leading 85 saves and 42 catches as he played every minute of the regular season, posting six shutouts and a 69.7 save percentage.
D - Wahab Ackwei, Richmond Kickers: Ackwei tied for fourth in the league in the league with 49 interceptions, ranked third among defenders with 177 recoveries and had two assists on 11 chances created.
D - Patrick Bunk-Andersen, Toronto FC II: Bunk-Andersen scored five goals, ranking him third among defenders and putting him second on TFC II, and made 181 recoveries and 32 interceptions.
D - Brandon Fricke, Lansing Ignite FC: Fricke won 66 of 114 aerial duels - fifth-most among defenders - while also winning 113 of 193 duels and recording two goals, 30 interceptions and 126 recoveries in the regular season.
D - Nick Moon, Lansing Ignite FC: Moon finished tied for the league-lead among defenders with six goals and also notched four assists on 37 chances created while recording 157 recoveries and winning 193 of 354 duels.
M - Alfusainey Jatta, North Texas SC: Jatta served as the lynchpin of North Texas' midfield, recording 61.7 passes per 90 minutes at an accuracy rate of 82.7 percent and 151 recoveries while ranking second on the team with 144 duels won.
M - Rafael Mentzingen, Lansing Ignite FC: Mentzingen tied for second in the league with seven assists on 21 chances created, and also notched six goals while finishing third in the league with 26 shots on goal.
M - Ualefi, Chattanooga Red Wolves SC: Ualefi ranked seventh in the league with 45 interceptions and completed more than 1,000 passes at an accuracy rate of 85.4 percent on 44.4 passes per 90 minutes, recording 16 key passes for the Red Wolves.
F - Jordan Jones, FC Tucson: Jones tied for third in the league with 10 goals on a conversion rate of 22.7 percent and notched three assists and 18 chances created for FCT.
F - Ricardo Pepi, North Texas SC: Pepi scored nine goals at an average of a goal every 114.78 minutes - placing him second in the league among players with multiple goals - as he recorded 52 shots and 21 shots on goal in 12 appearances.
F - Paulo Jr., Forward Madison FC: Paulo Jr. had five goals and five assists on 44 chances created while finishing tied for sixth in the league with 57 shots, of which 24 were on target.
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