July 31, 2014
MADISON, Wis. -- It’s been a busy and successful summer for Wisconsin men’s soccer junior Drew Conner, whose play with Chicago Fire PDL earned him a spot on one of the Premier Development League (PDL) 2014 All-Conference Teams, as recently announced by the league.
The Cary, Illinois, native was one of 11 named to the PDL Central All-Conference team. A significant team contributor, Conner ranked second on Chicago Fire PDL in minutes played (1,128) and recorded two points on one goal in 13 games.
“Drew’s play with the Chicago Fire PDL team comes as no surprise to the Fire staff and us here at Wisconsin,” head coach John Trask said. “Drew returns to Madison for his junior year with a great summer under his belt competing for the Chicago Fire PDL and being asked to train with the first (MLS) team on numerous occasions.
“This is a great honor for Drew and I am looking forward to seeing him in the next couple of weeks.”
Earning second-team All-Big Ten honors last season, Conner started all 21 games and helped lead the Badgers back to the NCAA tournament for the first time in 18 years. He recorded nine points on one goal and seven assists, ranking second on the team in assists and third in minutes played (1,740).
A knack for producing in big moments, Conner recorded the game-winning assist against Ohio State and also notched the game-tying and game-winning assists in the team’s remarkable comeback against Indiana. He also scored the game-winning goal against Western Michigan.
Conner was named to the Big Ten All-Freshman team and started 18 games in his debut season at UW.
Chicago Fire PDL is an amateur U-23 team competing in the Great Lakes Division of the United Soccer League’s Premier Development League.