TAMPA, Fla. – With the collegiate regular season coming to an end, the PDL has ranked Virginia netminder Jeff Caldwell as the top PDL goalkeeper.
Caldwell made 19 saves while also recording a 0.83 save percentage and 0.57 goals-against average for the Sounders FC U23 during the 2016 PDL regular season. Caldwell, a 6-foot-3 junior, has continued to excel for the Cavaliers, recording eight shutouts, a 0.81 save percentage and 0.88 goals-against average en route to helping his program to a 9-2-5 overall record.
"Jeff has been great for the Sounders U23 team,” Sounders U23 Head Coach Darren Sawatzky said. “He has been training in the Sounders organization on one level or other for over three years, and his meticulous method will translate into the professional game when he is ready to make the leap."
More than 20 scouts across North America provide the PDL with valuable insight on players who performed at the highest level within the league, possess strong technical and tactical qualities and have the potential to play at the professional level. The Top 10 Goalkeepers and Top 10 Defenders lists rank PDL players based on these factors, as well as their performance for their respective universities during the 2016 college campaign.
The Top 10 Midfielders and Top 10 Attackers lists will be announced in the coming weeks.
1. Jeff Caldwell – Virginia – Sounders FC U23
2. Nico Campbell – Valparaiso – Des Moines Menace
3. Paul Christensen – Portland – Sounders FC U23
4. Andrew Epstein – Stanford – San Francisco City FC
5. Ben Lundgaard – Virginia Tech – Fresno Fuego
6. Eric Klenofsky – Monmouth – New York Red Bulls U23
7. James Pyle – UNC-Chapel Hill – Charlotte Eagles
8. JT Marcinkowski – Georgetown – Burlingame Dragons FC
9. Billy Heavner – UMBC – Baltimore Bohemians
10. Drew Shepherd – Western Michigan – Michigan Bucks