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The National Premier Soccer League Midwest Conference’s East Division voted for its top players this week, with three FC Buffalo players earning spots in the First and Second Team.

Two of those players were named the first team: East Division co-leading scorer Akean Shackleford (Savannah La Mar, Jamaica / Indian Hills CC) and intrepid left-sided player Bayley Winkel (Whitby, Ontario / Robert Morris University).

FCB 2017 MVP Fox Slotemaker (Nelson, New Zealand / Old Dominion University) was voted to the second team following a stalwart campaign in the heart of the defense. Slotemaker was All-Midwest Conference First XI in 2015 for FCB.

Additionally, defenders Jordan Sinclair (Glasgow, Scotland / University of Mobile) and captain Chris Walter (Buffalo, N.Y. / Hartwick College) received votes for their fine seasons.

First XI
GK – Alex Ivanov, AFC Cleveland
D – Guillermo Lazcano, Erie Commodores
D – Ashley Phillips, Erie Commodores
D – Coletun Long, AFC Cleveland
M – Bayley Winkel, FC Buffalo
M – Tate Robertson, Dayton Dynamo
M – Jose Vega, Fort Pitt Regiment
M – Nate Bourdeau, Syracuse FC
F – Akean Shackleford, FC Buffalo
F – Tristan Lyle, Dayton Dynamo
F – Will Stone, Rochester Lancers

Second XI
GK – William Banahene, Rochester Lancers
D – Jack Webber, Fort Pitt Regiment
D – Chris Cvecko, AFC Cleveland
D – Fox Slotemaker, FC Buffalo
D – Ibra Kebe, Dayton Dynamo
M – Malcolm Shaw, Erie Commodores
M – Anthony Rozzano, Rochester Lancers
M – Lukas Fernandes, Rochester Lancers
F – Ben Ramin, Syracuse FC
F – Matt Kinkopf, Dayton Dynamo
F – Ezana Kahsay, Erie Commodores

Also receiving votes: Buffalo- Jordan Sinclair, Chris Walter; Erie – Luca Campos, Shane Wiedt, Jorge Prendes; Dayton- Peyton Mowery, Eric Hutton; Rochester – Jake Schindler, Isaac Kissi, Glenn Holmes; Cleveland- David Jordan, Tom Beck, Vinny Bell, Mike Derezic, Bobi Cancar; Fort Pitt- Lamine Balde, Brendan Alfery, Ibrahima Kouyate, Nicholas Kolaric, Alexander Abedian; Syracuse – Pat Castle, Adnan Bakalovic, Callum Donnelly, Logan Roberts, Jake Kohlbrenner.