TAMPA, Fla. – After strong starts to the 2017 Premier Development League regular season, Michigan Bucks talent Francis Atuahene and Nashville SC U23 standout Martim Galvao are among the players to rise in the second edition of the PDL Top Prospects list.
Atuahene, who has earned first-team All-Big Ten Conference honors for University of Michigan the past two seasons, leads the three-time PDL champions in goals scored with three on the season. Galvao, meanwhile, has netted four goals and recorded four assists in six games for the South Atlantic Division side. Galvao and the Nashville U23 will play South Georgia Tormenta FC on Saturday (8 p.m. ET, Watch Live), while Atuahene and the Bucks play the West Virginia Chaos that same day (7:30 p.m. ET).
South Florida Surf forward Darwin Espinal secures the No. 1 spot for a second straight edition of the rankings. He made his first PDL appearance for the Surf against the SIMA Aguilas on June 3, providing an assist in the 1-1 tie – which snapped a five-game winning streak for the Aguilas.
The PDL Top Prospects list, created in 2015, has identified numerous standout players within the league before they made their professional debuts, including Philadelphia Union talents Keegan Rosenberry and Adam Najem, New York Red Bulls midfielder Arun Basuljevic and Chicago Fire defender Brandon Vincent. The Top Prospects list, which includes 24 scouts across North America, serves as a valuable resource for professional clubs who are interested in identifying and scouting high-level players.
The USL Scouting Network, which includes coaching directors, technical directors and head coaches, provides the PDL with insight on Under-23 players based on their performance within the league, their technical and tactical qualities and their potential to play professionally.
1. Darwin Espinal – Forward – South Florida Surf
2. Francis Atuahene – Forward – Michigan Bucks
3. Martim Galvao – Midfielder – Nashville SC U23
4. Amass Amankona – Midfielder – Dayton Dutch Lions
5. Nico Pasquotti – Midfielder – Calgary Foothills FC
6. Sergi Nus – Defender – Fresno Fuego
7. Ricky Lopez-Espin – Forward – Tampa Bay Rowdies U23
8. Ben Lundgaard – Goalkeeper – New York Red Bulls U23
9. Mutaya Mwape – Midfielder – Charlotte Eagles
10. Hugo Delhommelle – Midfielder – Reading United AC
11. Brad Dunwell – Midfielder – Michigan Bucks
12. Paul Marie – Midfielder – Reading United AC
13. Diego Campos – Forward – SIMA Aguilas
14. Tanner Dieterich – Defender – Nashville SC U23
15. Jon Bakero – Forward – Carolina Dynamo
16. Chris Mueller – Midfielder – Chicago FC United
17. Nikola Fimic – Defender – Ocean City Nor’easters
18. Biska Biyombo – Midfielder – SIMA Aguilas
19. Callum Montgomery – Defender – Victoria Highlanders FC
20. Will Bagrou – Forward – Sounders FC U23