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Thursday, September 14, 2006 | Men's Soccer
Three Former Valley Soccer Stars Honored
Former Bradley soccer stars Luke Kreamalmeyer and Gavin Glinton and Eastern Illinois' Matt Bobo were listed among the top players in the United Soccer Leagues Wednesday by being named to the 22-player USL First Division All-League Teams. Both Bradley players are first-year players in the USL, Kreamalmeyer was named to the league’s first team, while Glinton earned second-team honors. Bobo also earned second-team honors.
A midfielder for Portland, Kreamalmeyer played in all 28 games for the Timbers and led the team with eight goals. His eight tallies also tied for 10th in the USL First Division, while his 16 points tied for 13th. Kreamalmeyer played at Bradley from 2001 through 2004, earning first-team All-Missouri Valley Conference honors in his final two seasons. The Most Valuable Player at the 2005 Major League Soccer Combine, Kreamalmeyer was a fourth-round pick in the 2005 MLS SuperDraft by expansion Real Salt Lake, where he played his rookie professional season last year.
After his pro career was put on hold for nearly two seasons due to ankle injuries, Glinton played his first full professional season in 2006 and ranked among the USL First Division scoring leaders all year. He ended the regular season ranked fifth in the league in both goals (11) and points (22). Glinton’s play also helped Charleston (13-8-7, 46 points) earn the No. 3 seed in the USL First Division playoffs. The Battery will open a two-game, first-round series versus Puerto Rico Friday night at Blackbaud Stadium.
In addition to his play for the Battery, Glinton recently played for his native Turks & Caicos in the 2007 Digicel Caribbean Cup in Havana, Cuba. Although Turks & Caicos failed to advance beyond pool play, Glinton scored three goals in the tournament, including the game-winning strike versus the Cayman Islands to give his home country its first-ever international soccer victory.
Glinton starred at Bradley from 1998 through 2001 and remains the only four-time All-American in Bradley Athletics and Missouri Valley Conference men’s soccer history. He ended his college career as the Valley’s all-time leader in both goals (53) and points (133), marks that still stand as Bradley records. His single-season school record 15 goals, including seven game-winning strikes, helped the Braves to their first Valley regular-season title in 1998 and his record-tying 15 goals in 2000 helped Bradley to its first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance.
Bobo, a native of Des Moines, was an ironman in his first season as a defender for the Atlanta Silverbacks. He was one of only two USL players to play every minute of every game this past season. Besides his defensive excellence, he also scored a goal in a 3-2 win over the Charleston (S.C.) Battery.
This past season was Bobo's sixth in the USL. He began his career with the Milwaukee Rampage in 2001 and was a member of the 2002 USL First Division Championship team.?In 2003, he transferred to the Richmond Kickers where he was a solid defender and helped the team to the 2005 USL First Division Championship match.
All three players are nominees for the Valley’s all-time men’s soccer team. Fan voting for the all-time team currently is underway online at www.mvc100.org.
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