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Week 15 Pro honors announced
Earls and Burke Players of the Week

USL News Release

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

TAMPA, FL – United Soccer Leagues announced the USL First Division and USL Second Division Team of the Week honors Tuesday for Week 15 of the season, honoring Rochester’s Danny Earls and Richmond’s Mike Burke as the Players of the Week, respectively.

(Pepe / Brian Zimmerman)The Montreal Impact came into Rochester Friday for the first of a home-and-home weekend series with a commanding 24-13-5 advantage over their rivals in the all-time series. More impressive was its x-x-x record at home that would factor into Sunday’s fixture. Instead, the weekend belonged to the Rhinos with a 1-1 draw at home and a surprising 2-0 win in Montreal.

On Friday, the two played to a stalemate until defender Danny Earls opened the score for the Rhinos in the 58th minute of play. Midfielder Steve Guppy centered a ball that Impact goalkeeper Matt Jordan managed to clear, but Earls recovered it and took a point blank volley shot in the top corner.

The Impact would level the score to split the points in Rochester, but would find no such answer at home in their first-ever meeting at Stade Saputo as the former Irish youth international helped lead defensive effort that allowed goals from Luke Kreamalmeyer and Matthew Delicate in the first half stand for the win.

The 19-year old from the Aston Villa Reserve squad has been a part of the Rhinos turnaround from a 1-4-4 start before his debut June 13 that has seen the club go 6-1-3 since.

Luke Vercollone flicked a Mike Burke corner to recent addition Fabian Dawkins nine minutes into Richmond’s victory over Real Maryland for what proved to be the game-winner. Although Burke did not appear on the stat sheet for setting up the goal, he would be from that point on as the 2007 league MVP posted the next three goals and directly set up the final two en route to the 6-0 result.

Burke took charge and struck three times in a span of 28 minutes, recording his first natural hat trick in a Kickers uniform. The first of his hat-trick was perhaps the best. Deep on the left wing, the Kickers were awarded a free kick 15 yards out, inches from the box. Burke lined up the set piece and bent the ball around the defensive wall, glancing the far post as it curled into the net.

USL First Division Team of the Week
Pos
Name
Team
Highlights
G
Brad Knighton
Portland
Five saves in 0-0 draw against Carolina
D
Danny Earls
Rochester
Goal in 1-1 draw; 2-0 win against Montreal
D
Frankie Sanfilippo
Carolina
Led team in 0-0 draw at Portland
D
Cameron Knowles
Portland
Led team in 0-0 draw against Carolina
M
Stephen deRoux
Minnesota
Assist in 2-1 win over Seattle
M
Luke Kreamalmeyer
Rochester
Goal in 2-0 win at Montreal
M
Edwin Miranda
Puerto Rico
Goal in 3-2 win at Minnesota
M
Ricardo Sanchez
Minnesota
Goal, assist in 3-2 loss to Puerto Rico
F
Sebastien Le Toux
Seattle
Goal in 1-0 win over Charleston
F
Alex Afonso
Miami
Goal, assist in 3-0 win over Atlanta
F
Charles Gbeke
Vancouver
Goal, assist in 1-0 win and 1-1 draw

USL Second Division Team of the Week
Pos
Name
Team
Highlights
G
Terry Boss
Charlotte
Shutout in 3-0 win over Crystal Palace
D
Musa Otieno
Cleveland
Goal, assist in 5-1 win over Bermuda
D
Dame Walters
Wilmington
Led team in 2-0 win at Western Mass
D
Steve Shak
Charlotte
Goal in 3-0 win over Crystal Palace
M
Shintaro Harada
Crystal Palace
Led team in 2-1 win at Harrisburg
M
Mike Burke
Richmond
Three goals, two assists in 6-0 win over Maryland
M
Dustin Swinehart
Charlotte
Goal, assist in 3-0 win over Crystal Palace
M
George Corrie
Wilmington
Assist in 2-0 win at Western Mass
F
Jean Jerome
Pittsburgh
Goal, assist in 3-3 draw against Harrisburg
F
Salliu Bundu
Cleveland
Two goals in 5-1 win over Bermuda
F
Boyzzz Khumalo
Pittsburgh
Goal, assist in 3-3 draw against Harrisburg


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