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Weekly Pro Honors announced
W-League Championship All-Tournament Team unveiled

USL News Release

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

TAMPA, FL – United Soccer Leagues announced the USL First Division and USL Second Division Teams of the Week for the 16th week of the season, honoring Montreal’s Joey Gjertsen and Cleveland’s Hunter Gilstrap as the Players of the Week, respectively. Also announced was the W-League Championship All-Tournament Team.

It had not been a good year for the current USL First Division MVP Joey Gjertsen. After finishing among the league leaders in goals and assists last season, Gjertsen found himself with just three goals and one assist in 19 games this season before Vancouver dealt him to Montreal in a four-player trade.

Gjertsen and Gilstrap honored as Players of the WeekGjertsen made an immediate impact for Montreal in his first week with the club, setting up three goals in a pair of wins as they downed the Carolina RailHawks 4-1 and the Rochester Rhinos 1-0.

In her first game with the club on Wednesday, Gjertsen needed just 23 minutes to register his first point with the Impact when he found Mauro Biello, who sent a long-range effort into the upper corner for the lead. With the club up 2-1, he found Charles Gbeke for an insurance tally in the 62nd minute as Montreal scored three goals for just the second time on the season.

On Sunday, Gjertsen connected with Gbeke again for the lone goal of the match against rival Rochester in the 37th minute as the club held on for the win.

Friday night’s fixture between the Cleveland City Stars and Harrisburg City Islanders, both tied for second, would play a key role in the push for positioning for the two playoff-bound clubs and give them a shot at first place, albeit briefly with Richmond playing the following night.

On the strength of an eighth minute penalty from defender Chris Lemons and seven saves from Hunter Gilstrap, the expansion Stars would post the victory to sweep the season series and move into first place for one night as Richmond would go on to win Saturday.

Gilstrap’s shutout was his sixth of the season, ranking tied for fourth in the league. His goals against average of .500, however, is the top mark in the USL Second Division with one week left to play.

USL First Division Team of the Week
 
Pos
Name
Team
Highlights
 
G
Chris Eylander
Seattle
Ten saves in pair of shutout wins
 
D
Geordie Lyall
Vancouver
Led team in 1-1 draw against Puerto Rico
 
D
David Hayes
Atlanta
Goal in 2-1 win over Charleston
 
D
Mauricio Vincello
Montreal
Goal in 4-1 win over Carolina
 
M
Brian Farber
Minnesota
Assist in 1-1 draw against Portland
 
M
Josh Gardner
Seattle
Goal in 2-0 win over Portland
 
M
Alfredo Valente
Vancouver
Goal in 1-1 draw against Puerto Rico
 
M
Lawrence Olum
Portland
Goal in 1-1 draw at Minnesota
 
F
Connally Edozien
Carolina
Goal, assist in 2-0 win over California
*
F
Joey Gjertsen
Montreal
Three assists in pair of victories
 
F
Andre Toussaint
Charleston
Goal, assist in 3-0 win over Miami

USL Second Division Team of the Week
 
Pos
Name
Team
Highlights
*
G
Hunter Gilstrap
Cleveland
Seven saves in 1-0 win over Harrisburg
 
D
Omar Shakir
Bermuda
Goal in 1-0 win at New Hampshire
 
D
Chris Lemons
Cleveland
Goal in 1-0 win over Harrisburg
 
D
Anthony Calvano
Harrisburg
Goal in 2-0 win at Cincinnati
 
D
Evan Harding
Richmond
Assist in 2-0 win over Western Mass
 
M
Matthew Mbuta
CP Baltimore
Goal, assist in 3-0 win over Wilmington
 
M
Ricky Schramm
Richmond
Goal in 2-0 win over Western Mass
 
M
Adam Clay
Harrisburg
Goal in 2-0 win at Cincinnati
 
F
Gary Brooks
CP Baltimore
Goal in 3-0 win over Wilmington
 
F
Harold Urquijo
CP Baltimore
Goal in 3-0 win over Wilmington
 
F
Nowaf Jaman
Richmond
Goal in 2-0 win over Western Mass

* Players of the Week

 

W-League Championship All-Tournament Team
 
 
 
 
G
Kati Jo Spisak
Washington Freedom
 
D
Katie Eriksson
Atlanta Silverbacks
 
D
Sharolta Nonen
Atlanta Silverbacks
 
D
Emily Janss
Washington Freedom
 
M
Sarah Huffman
Washington Freedom
 
M
Michelle French
Seattle Sounders
 
M
Camie Bybee
Rochester Rhinos
 
M
Casey Zimney
Washington Freedom
 
F
Christie Welsh *
Washington Freedom
 
F
Lindsey Patterson
Seattle Sounders
 
F
Christine Latham
Atlanta Silverbacks
 

* W-League Championship Game MVP

 

 

 


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