MLSsoccer.com Names Monmouth's RJ Allen to Best XI 2nd Team
West Long Branch, NJ -- Monmouth University senior defender RJ Allen (Old Bridge, N.J./St. Joseph's) has been named to the MLSsoccer.com Best XI Second Team, the website announced on Wednesday. In addition, the website also listed Allen among the top 25 MLS SuperDraft prospects. Allen was also recently named to the NSCAA/Continental Tire All-America Second Team and the College Soccer News All-America Third Team, earning All-America honors for the second consecutive season. Allen joins former Hawk Ryan Kinne as the only Monmouth players to earn All-American honors twice.
Allen earned his second-straight All-American honor and third-straight All-Region First Team honor this season, in addition to a third-straight All-NEC honor. The senior defender was instrumental on both ends of the field, compiling 10 points on two goals and six assists, while thwarting countless scoring opportunities by the opposition. Allen's penalty kick goal against Mount St. Mary's helped the Hawks clinch their unprecedented seventh-straight NEC Regular Season Championship, while he also made pivotal penalty kicks in shootout victories over Central Connecticut in the NEC Tournament and Stony Brook in the NCAA Tournament. In the preseason, Allen was named to the Hermann Trophy Watch List.
Allen finished his collegiate career with 37 points on seven goals and 23 assists. He scored five game-winning goals and helped the Hawks to three-straight NCAA Tournament appearances and two NCAA Second Round games. Allen helped Monmouth to four-straight Northeast Conference Regular-Season Championships and three-straight NEC Tournament Championships.