Former Trinidad and Tobago Men’s National Under-20 and Under-23 teammates Neveal Hackshaw and Leland Archer were rewarded for standout individual performances in the 2020 USL Championship season with spots on the competition’s All-League Second Teams last week.
The 25-year-old Hackshaw, who has 14 senior international caps for the Soca Warriors and played at the Concacaf 2019 Gold Cup, just missed out on the Eastern Conference playoffs with Indy Eleven, who finished ninth.
However, the versatile Hackshaw—a midfielder at national youth level and with Pro League outfit Club Sando—ranked third in the USL in passes completed with 791, and led all outfield players with 151 recoveries and 24 interceptions for his employer. Hackshaw was one of two Indy Eleven second team all-star picks alongside Canadian forward Tyler Pasher.
Archer, 24, was the Battery’s sole all-star nominee as they advanced to the Eastern Conference semifinal for the first time in four years, only to be edged 1-0 by eventual conference champs, Tampa Bay Rowdies. A towering central defender, Archer recorded 50 clearances and 95 recoveries with a passing accuracy rate of 80.1 percent.
Archer is uncapped at senior international level although he was part of former coach Dennis Lawrence’s long-list for the 2019 Gold Cup.
Archer is a former Fatima College student while Hackshaw attended Arima North Secondary.
In total, there were 10 foreign picks on the USL’s All-League Teams. French Guiana defender Thomas Vancaeyezeele (Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC), Brazilian midfielder Bruno Lapa (Birmingham Legion FC), Jamaican playmaker Speedy Williams (Louisville City FC), Ghanian attacker Solomon Asante (Phoenix Rising FC) and English forward Cameron Lancaster (Louisville City FC) got first team spots.
While, on the USL second team, Haitian winger Christiano Francois (Reno 1868 FC) and Azerbaijani forward Rufat Dadashov (Phoenix Rising FC) joined Hackshaw, Archer and Pasher on the honours list.