TAMPA, Fla. – USL League One honored its leading performers from this year’s regular season campaig on Wednesday with the announcement of the 2021 USL League One All-League Teams. Chattanooga Red Wolves SC, the Richmond Kickers and Union Omaha each saw two players named to the First Team, while Omaha led all clubs with five players across the 22 selections. Eleven of the league’s clubs were represented overall.
Omaha is represented on the All-League First Team for a second consecutive year by defender Damia Viader and by forward Greg Hurst, who earned his second consecutive selection as well after being honored in 2020 as a member of Chattanooga Red Wolves SC. The trio of forward Evan Conway, midfielder Devin Boyce and goalkeeper Rashid Nuhu earn All-League Second Team honors for los Buhos, with Conway and Nuhu earning their second consecutive selections to the team.
In addition to Viader and Hurst, the Richmond Kickers’ Emiliano Terzaghi – who claimed the league’s Golden Boot for a second consecutive season – is also named to the All-League First Team for the second consecutive year. Additionally, 2020 All-League Second Team selections Marco Micaletto of South Georgia Tormenta FC and Ricky Ruiz of Chattanooga Red Wolves SC each earn First Team honors this campaign.
The 2021 USL League One All-League Team was voted on by club management.
The finalists for the 2021 USL League One Awards will be announced on Thursday, with the Award Winners to be announced next week during the build-up to the 2021 USL League One Final.
USL League One All-League First Team
GK – Akira Fitzgerald, Richmond Kickers: Fitzgerald had a remarkable season in which he led the league with both 10 shutouts and 89 saves, recording a save percentage of 71.8 percent as he played all-but-one game of the regular season to help Richmond see postseason action for the first time in League One.
D – Kobe Franklin, Toronto FC II: The 18-year-old Canadian youth international had a fine campaign as he ranked eight in the league with 46 interceptions and also tied for fifth in the league with six assists, ranking fourth among full backs with a +4.24 Goals Added rating.
D – Jason Ramos, Chattanooga Red Wolves SC:Ramos had a standout year in the center of the Red Wolves’ defense as he ranked second among outfield players with 211 recoveries and also notched 87 clearances, 25 interceptions and 32 tackles won. Ramos was also solid on the ball, completing 1,275 of 1,537 passes (83 percent) during the regular season.
D – Ryan Spaulding, New England Revolution II: Spaulding ranked fourth in League One in interceptions with 51 for the season and won 60.7 percent of duels and 66.2 percent of aerial duels while also scoring three goals and recording 26 key passes. His performance saw him record the highest Goals Added mark among full backs at +5.88, ranking 13th overall in the league.
D – Damia Viader, Union Omaha: The Spanish standout earned his second consecutive First Team selection after recording six goals and five assists and finishing second in the league with 58 key passes in attack. He also ranked third in the league in interceptions with 56 and third among outfield players with 205 recoveries defensively and completed 43 dribbles, good for third in the league.
M – Marco Micaletto, South Georgia Tormenta FC: Micaletto earned his first All-League First Team honors as he recorded a team-high 11 goals – tied for fourth in the league – and recorded three assists and 40 key passes as he started in every game for Tormenta while missing only 22 minutes of action all campaign.
M – Aaron Molloy, Forward Madison FC: Molloy was the central cog that made Madison tick as he completed a league-high 1,615 of 1,874 passes in the regular season for an 86.2 passing accuracy rate and 50.38 xPass rating, second-highest in the league. Molloy also led outfield players with 237 recoveries, and had four goals, three assists and 54 key passes, putting him third in the league in the latter category.
M – Ricky Ruiz, Chattanooga Red Wolves SC: Ruiz tied the League One record with 10 assists in the regular season and also led the league with 59 key passes as he earned his first All-League First Team selection and second overall. The 25-year-old also won 55.6 percent of duels, completed 74 percent of passes overall, and ranked 11th in Goals Added at +5.96.
F – Greg Hurst, Union Omaha: Hurst continued to prove a prolific finisher after his offseason move to Omaha to earn his second consecutive All-League First Team honor. The 24-year-old led Union with 13 goals in the regular season – good for third overall in the league – as he notched a goal every 170.3 minutes. Hurst also recorded two assists and 25 key passes and finished seventh in the league with a +6.30 Goals Added mark.
F – Marios Lomis, Greenville Triumph SC: Lomis produced his finest season since moving to the United States for Triumph SC as he finished second in the league with 14 goals in the regular season. The Dutch forward averaged a goal every 138.3 minutes and also notched one assist and 16 key passes while finishing the regular season in second place in total shots on 60, earning the league’s second-highest Goals Added mark of +7.21.
F – Emiliano Terzaghi, Richmond Kickers: The Argentine forward took his outstanding campaign in 2020 and built on it for the Kickers this year as he set a new regular season record with 18 goals in 27 appearances. Terzaghi averaged a goal every 128.4 minutes to help drive the Kickers to the postseason and earned a +6.65 Goals Added mark for the campaign, fourth in the league.