Reading United name postseason roster

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Head Coach David Castellanos has named a strong side ahead of Reading’s run in the PDL Playoffs. (Photo Courtesy of Penn Images)

With sights set on a deep run in the Premier Development League postseason, Reading United A.C. announced their 26 man roster pool for the remainder of the 2014 campaign. Sitting in a good position to earn one of the Eastern Conference’s playoff berths, Reading Head Coach David Castellanos has augmented his already deep and talented line-up with the some late season additions. With one match to play, Castellanos has his side in full control of their playoff destiny, steering the club to a record of 8-1-4 (28 points).

At the core of United’s final roster is the defensive unit that is one of the best in the league. Goalkeeper Alex Bono, who has allowed just seven goals in nine matches this season, will back stop a defensive back line that includes standouts like U.S. Under-20 center back Rob Sagel, Philadelphia Union Academy alum Shane Campbell, Glasgow Rangers (Scotland) Youth Academy product Jordan Wilson and local products Quincy Thomas (Governor Mifflin HS) and Jack Webber (Tulpehocken HS).

Midfielder Owen Griffith has marshaled United's well balanced attack. (Photo Courtesy of Penn Images)

Midfielder Owen Griffith has marshaled United’s well balanced attack. (Photo Courtesy of Penn Images)

United’s attack has become more diverse as the 2014 season reaches it’s climax. Strong midfield play from Owen Griffith, Graham Smith and Geaton Caltabiano have powered an attack that has seen thirteen different players score for Reading in 2014. Forward Brett Campbell will look to continue the impressive late season form that earned him PDL Player of the Week honors just last week.

For the playoff run, Castellanos has added some young dynamic playmakers as well as some veteran experience. A pair of Drexel forwards, Joaquin del Rosario and Guido Pena, bolster the United attack. Philadelphia Union Academy product Colton Storm, a highly regarded midfielder from the University of North Carolina who has been injured for much of the PDL season, will finally get a chance to pull on United’s blue and gold jersey. Tyler Witmer, a Conrad Weiser grad returns to help lead his hometown club on a deep run through the PDL playoffs. Witmer played in 31 matches for Reading from 2009 through 2011 and featured in United’s 2010 PDL National Semifinal match against the Portland Timbers.

Reading President Art Auchenbach added, “We are a young squad so David and the coaching staff were looking to add some senior figures, with experience. Brian Blesi who is a college coach, former D1 player, and current UGH star will provide some ‘player/coach’ guidance, while Tyler Witmer is someone who nearly single-handedly got our 2010 team through the Eastern Conference Playoffs in Ottawa and provides PDL understanding, pro playing time, and much needed playoff experience.  The PDL playoffs are unique and it often is a true test of a teams depth.  Reading United will be ready, regardless who our opponent may be.”

Pending results in the Northeast division and a Reading win on Saturday, Reading will likely face either CFC Azul (CT) or Seacoast United Phantoms (NH) on Tuesday July 22 (time & location TBD).

Reading United will host the visiting New Jersey LUSO Parma in their final regular season match at Wilson High School’s Gurski Stadium on Saturday, July 19th at 7:00pm. It will be Fan Appreciation Night with the first 200 fans through the gates receiving a complimentary Reading United poster. Tickets for the match are available at www.readingunitedac.com.  Reading United offer 2014 Game Day Youth Packages, Group Discount Packages, Birthday Parties and Fundraising Ticket Packages.  Contact our ticket sales team at sales@readingunitedac.com for all your group needs.

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