Tuesday, March 13, 2012
INDOOR: De Lima is All-PASL pick
By Scott French
Anaheim Bolts sparkplug Adriano de Lima made the All-Professional Arena Soccer League team, the only first-team selection not from PASL Pro titlist San Diego or runner-up Detroit.
The Brazilian attacker, clearly the Bolts' best player in their first season, led Anaheim with 42 points and scored 27 goals, just one off the team lead. The Bolts went 8-8 but missed the postseason.
San Diego captured its third straight league title Saturday night with a 10-7 victory over Detroit at Del Mar Arena. The Sockers went 18-0 in PASL Pro action and head into this weekend's U.S. Open Arena Cup final at the Cincinnati Kings with a 23-0 overall mark.
Kraig Chiles, who set a PASL Pro goals record with 46 but missed by two Bolts head coach/managing partner Bernie Lilavois' league record for points (66), was the league MVP. Sockers boss Phil Salvagio was Coach of the Year.
Chivas USA forward Cesar Romero, who set league records for goals in a game (9, twice) and tallied 33 times in just seven games for Tijuana before heading on trial with the Goats, was a second-team all-league pick.
Here is the all-league team:
First team: Kraig Chiles (San Diego), Miki Djerisilo (Detroit), Brian Farber (San Diego), Costea Decu (Detroit), Adriano de Lima (Anaheim Bolts), Vito Lonigro (Detroit).
Second team: Cesar Romero (Tijuana), Allen Eller (Cincinnati), Jorge Quiroz (Turlock), Jesse Horta (Turlock), Ze Roberto (San Diego), Riley Swift (San Diego).