Good news to start the week, as one Orange County Blues player was honored for his season on Monday. Defender Brenton Griffiths was named to the 2015 USL All-League 2nd Team, the result of the end-of-season awards vote by the media and club representatives.
Griffiths, the only Blues player to get recognition among the 22 players honored, was the rock of his club's backline this past season, playing alongside a series of central defensive partners and helping guide Orange County to a first-place finish in the Western Conference for the regular season. The 24-year-old, in his second season with the Blues, also scored three goals and notched an assist, and ranked third on the team in minutes played, behind just Josh Suggs and Pepe Miranda.
Truth be told, the Blues probably could have merited another selection to this team, but the fact that the quality was dispersed through the team, making no obvious MVP candidate, and that the Blues are not followed very closely, around town and in the league, means in one respect that we're pretty lucky to see even one player honored. All things considered, I think Griffiths was one of the best options to be honored for a good season, and full disclosure, I voted for him on my ballot.
Congrats to Brenton, and if any other Blues are given individual awards this week, we'll be sure to let you know.
Here's the full list of players named to the All-League first and second teams this year:
2015 USL All-League First Team
GK - Brandon Miller, Rochester Rhinos
D - Bryan Burke, Louisville City FC
D - Shawn Ferguson, Charleston Battery
D - Daniel Steres, LA Galaxy II
D - Grant Van De Casteele, Rochester Rhinos
MF - Luke Vercollone, Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC
MF - Rob Vincent, Pittsburgh Riverhounds
MF - Tony Walls, Rochester Rhinos
F - Matt Fondy, Louisville City FC
F - Danni König, OKC Energy FC
F - Long Tan, Arizona United SC
2015 USL All-League Second Team
GK - Odisnel Cooper, Charleston Battery
D - Mickey Daly, Sacramento Republic FC
D - Brenton Griffiths, Orange County Blues FC
D - Mechack Jerome, Charlotte Independence
D - Nemanja Vukovic, Sacramento Republic FC
MF - Gareth Evans, OKC Energy FC
MF - Kevin Kerr, Pittsburgh Riverhounds
MF - Rodrigo Lopez, Sacramento Republic FC
F - Kharlton Belmar, Portland Timbers 2
F - Dane Kelly, Charleston Battery
F - Jason Yeisley, Richmond Kickers
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