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Weekly Pro Honors announced
Diallo and Oduor Players of the Week

USL News Release

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

TAMPA, FL – United Soccer Leagues announced the USL First Division and USL Second Division Teams of the Week for the 12th week of the season, honoring Rochester’s Hamed Diallo and Harrisburg’s Mo Oduour as the Players of the Week, respectively.

Entering the match Friday night against budding rival and expansion side Carolina, the Rhinos were on a two-game home losing streak and carrying numerous injuries, including the news of loss of leading scorer Matthew Delicate, perhaps for the season, with a broken jaw suffered in Tuesday’s 1-0 loss to Seattle.

Diallo and Oduor each had two for the weekThree minutes into the match Hamed Diallo put the Rhinos on the board when he got behind the Carolina defense and dribbled around league-leading goalkeeper Chris McClellan to score the opening tally and remove the weight of the team’s 255-minute goal drought.

Carolina would strike a short time later to level the match at 1-1, but it was Diallo three minutes into stoppage time at the close of the match who proved the hero when the Rhinos were looking at a share of points. Diallo headed down a Scott Palguta cross from six yards to send the crowd into a frenzy at the final whistle.

The Harrisburg City Islanders have been quietly stalking the league leaders in the table with Charlotte having played more games and Richmond going unbeaten until this past weekend. Harrisburg improved to 7-2-4 on the season with a pair of shutout road victories on the weekend with Mo Oduor providing both match winners.

After falling the previous week 1-0 to the Kickers, the City Islanders rebounded with a 2-0 victory in Wilmington Friday night. Oduor opened the scoring in the 32nd minute for what proved to be the winner with Morty Johnston providing insurance just in case two minutes into the second half.

The following night in Charlotte, Oduor again provided the winner. He notched the lone goal when he controlled a long ball from midfield and drove into the box, beating the Charlotte defense before burying a hard shot inside the left post in the 42nd minute.

USL First Division Team of the Week
 
Pos
Name
Team
Highlights
 
G
Chris Eylander
Seattle
Six saves in 1-0 win at Rochester
 
D
Marco Velez
Puerto Rico
Led team in 0-0 draw at Charleston
 
D
Adrian Cann
Vancouver
Led team in 0-0 draw at Carolina
 
D
Tim Karalexis
Charleston
Led team in 0-0 draw against Puerto Rico
 
D
Gabriel Gervais
Montreal
Two assists in 2-2 draw against Carolina
 
M
Zinho
Miami
Assist in 3-1 win at California
 
M
Andrew Gregor
Portland
Goal, assist in 3-0 win at California
 
M
Joey Worthen
Carolina
Two goals in 2-2 draw at Montreal
*
F
Hamed Diallo
Rochester
Two goals in 2-1 win over Carolina
 
F
Warren Ukah
Atlanta
Two goals in 2-0 win over Vancouver
 
F
Charles Gbeke
Montreal
Two goals in 2-2 draw against Carolina

USL Second Division Team of the Week
 
Pos
Name
Team
Highlights
 
G
Matt Nelson
Harrisburg
Two shutouts in pair of road wins
 
D
Joseph Clancy
New Hampshire
Goal in 2-1 win over Richmond
 
D
Dustin Bixler
Harrisburg
Led team to two shutout road wins
 
D
Jack Cummings
Cleveland
Led team to two shutout wins
 
M
Chris Morman
Harrisburg
Assist in 2-0 win at Wilmington
*
M
Mo Oduor
Harrisburg
Two goals in pair of road wins
 
M
Ben Hunter
Cleveland
Goal in 2-0 win over Bermuda
 
M
Ralph Pace
Richmond
Assist in 2-1 loss at New Hampshire
 
F
Tom McNeil
New Hampshire
Game-winner in 2-1 win over Richmond
 
F
John DeVae
Cleveland
Two goals in pair of wins
 
F
Omar McFarlane
Westerm Mass
Goal in 1-0 win at CP Baltimore

* Players of the Week

 

  

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