Three FC Monmouth Players Named in Conference XI

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By Evan McMurtrie

FC Monmouth defender Thomas Judge (James Madison University), midfielder George Akampeke (Monmouth University), and forward Jordan Saling (Wilmington University) have been selected in the National Premier Soccer League’s 2018 Keystone Conference XI.

 Thomas Judge

Thomas Judge

 George Akampeke

George Akampeke

 Jordan Saling

Jordan Saling

Judge was a starter at left-back in all eight of his appearances in the regular season. Often an attacking threat, thanks to support from the defensive block Zachary Pereira and Andy Martinez, he registered a goal and two assists for the club. His 78th minute strike versus Hershey FC at home won FC Monmouth the game in early June.

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Akampeke, originally from Ghana, missed a few games early on in the season because of a delay in his international clearance but came around to start eight games for the club, anchoring the midfield alongside Chase Covello and registering one key assist.

Saling finished the season as FC Monmouth’s highest goalscorer, registering four strikes in the nine starts he made. The forward’s goal just before halftime against West Chester United SC on June 30th proved to be the game-winner in a match that was crucial to the club’s playoff hopes. 

The Conference XIs were released on the official NPSL website today, and you can see the full Keystone Conference XI along with the rest of the league’s here.

Additional NPSL Awards, including the Region XI team and National XI team will be determined by the Conference XI teams. Teams, media, and fans will vote online to determine those awards as well as the NPSL Goal of the Year.

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