Knowles captures All-League honors

PORTLAND, Ore. – Portland Timbers defender Cameron Knowles was selected to the USL First Division All-League Second Team, it was announced today by United Soccer Leagues. It is Knowles’ second All-League selection since joining the Timbers in 2007.

In 2008, Knowles, 25, ranked among team leaders in games played (29) and set a new modern-franchise record for minutes played in a single season at 2,610, a total that ranked sixth among league leaders. The New Zealand native received first-team honors last season after anchoring a backline that allowed just 18 goals and recorded 14 shutouts in 2007.

In two seasons with Portland, Knowles has played in 57 regular-season matches, totaling 5,130 minutes, two goals and one assist.

The Vancouver Whitecaps received the most All-League selections with four. Additionally, the USL announced that Puerto Rico Islanders goalkeeper Bill Gaudette was named the league’s 2008 Goalkeeper of the Year. All-League selections were voted on by USL First Division coaches and general managers. 

USL First Division All-League Teams:
First Team
GK – Bill Gaudette, Puerto Rico Islanders
D – Cristian Arrieta, Puerto Rico Islanders
D – Taylor Graham, Seattle Sounders
D – David Hayes, Atlanta Silverbacks
D – Nevio Pizzolitto, Montreal Impact
M – Osvaldo Alsonso, Charleston Battery
M – Stephen deRoux, Minnesota Thunder
M – Martin Nash, Vancouver Whitecaps
M – Jonathan Steele, Puerto Rico Islanders
F – Alex Afonso, Miami FC Blues
F – Macoumba Kandji – Atlanta Silverbacks
Second Team:
GK – Matt Jordan, Montreal Impact
D – Wesley Charles, Vancouver Whitecaps
D – Takashi Hirano, Vancouver Whitecaps
D – Cameron Knowles, Portland Timbers
D – Scott Palguta, Rochester Rhinos
M – Leonardo Di Lorenzo, Montreal Impact
M – Johnny Menyongar, Rochester Rhinos
M – Ricardo Sanchez, Minnesota Thunder
M – Matt Watson, Carolina RailHawks
F – Sebastien Le Toux, Seattle Sounders
F – Eduardo Sebrango, Vancouver Whitecaps