Three PBA Soccer Players Named to All-America Teams

 Photo of PBA Sailfish three soccer players named to 2018 All-America teams.
 

Palm Beach Atlantic men's soccer saw three student-athletes named to either the United Soccer Coaches of D2CCA All-American listing on Wednesday, with Juan Sanchez being named to both.

Sanchez (center) – a senior from Madrid, Spain – was named to the first team by both the D2CCA and the United Soccer Coaches. He was a third team selection to both a year ago. In 2018, Sanchez played in 19 matches with 17 starting nods. He played the entire match 11 times and scored one goal on the season. His lone goal was a free kick goal in the Sunshine State Conference Tournament semifinals that tied the match late a 1-1. He helped lead the defense to a 0.62 goals allowed average on the year with 11 shutouts. He was named the SSC Defensive Player of the Year for the second straight year as well as named the SSC Tournament's Most Outstanding Player.

Elliott Barker (left) was named to the United Soccer Coaches 2nd Team, marking the second straight year the junior from England has been named an all-American. He was a 3rd team selection by the D2CCA in 2017. Barker made 18 starts in goal for the Sailfish this season, posting seven shutouts and a league best 0.67 goals allowed average. He made 42 saves on the year. In his three years at PBA he's allowed just 34 goals in 48 matches (0.73 GAA) and is 36-6-3 as a starting keeper with 19 shutouts.

Claudio Rivadeneira (right) was named an all-American for the first time in his career as he was selected to the United Soccer Coaches 3rd Team. The Santiago, Chile native led the team with 22 points and eight assists and was tied for the team-lead with seven goals. He had three game-winning goals including an overtime winner at Barry in September. He scored two goals including the game winner against Eckerd later in the season.

The 'Fish have had 14 all-Americans in men's soccer since the start of the 2015 season with Sanchez becoming the fourth different player to be named a first team selection in program history. He also becomes the first player named to both first teams in the same season for PBA since the 2012 season when Kenny Hogg received that honor.

The Sailfish finished the 2018 season 19-1-1 and 9-1 in the Sunshine State Conference, capturing both the SSC regular season and tournament titles.

-- T.J. Budd