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Ex-Gaucho goalkeeper scoops award

Seattle, Wash. -- Former UC Santa Barbara All-American Dan Kennedy was named the United Soccer Leagues' First Division Rookie of the Year as voted on by the league's coaches and general managers.

Kennedy played every minute in goal for the Puerto Rico Islanders, earning a 10-10-8 record and five shutouts this season. He finished second in the league with 114 saves, just 10 behind Seattle's Preston Burpo. Kennedy was instrumental in leading the second-year Islanders to within one point of postseason play.

In 2004, Kennedy set a new school record with a 0.547 GAA on the season leading Santa Barbara to the NCAA National Championship match and earning him All-American honors from College Soccer News. In his four seasons at UCSB, Kennedy holds school records in eight categories, including most minutes played in a career (7,653), most complete game shutouts in a career (34) and lowest goals against in a career (0.86). The Yorba Linda, Calif. native has a career record of 62-14-6, with 285 saves in 84 games as a Gaucho.

Kennedy was selected by Chivas USA in the sixth round in the Major League Soccer earlier this year, but chose to join Puerto Rico. The two-time team co-captain joins former Gaucho and current Chivas USA forward Thiago Martins in the USL annals after he was named the then A-League MVP in 2003.