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Week 16 pro honors announced
Richardson, Ceus named Players of the Week

USL News Release

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

TAMPA, FL -- United Soccer Leagues announced the Team of the Week honors for the 16th week of the USL season, honoring Carolina’s Gregory Richardson as the USL First Division Player of the Week and Steward Ceus as the USL Second Division Player of the Week.

Having suffered a defeat two nights before in Charleston 2-1 and seeing the other league leaders Portland and Puerto Rico pull ahead as well in a draw Thursday, the Carolina RailHawks made sure to keep within striking range of the three front-runners. And new addition Gregory Richardson did plenty of striking of his own to accomplish the task, finishing the afternoon Sunday with a hat-trick in a 4-0 win over Miami.

Richardson got things started in the 39th minute. On a counterattack, Joseph Kabwe laid a ball off to Richardson as he ran in from the left flank, and Richardson neatly tucked it into the goal.

Richardson got his second of the afternoon in the 64th minute. He took a pass from Daniel Paladini and made a masterful run with the ball that left a slew of defenders in his wake, then hammered a shot past Hannigan.

Richardson completed his hat trick in the 68th minute on a penalty kick. The penalty was awarded after Mark Schulte was taken down in the box on a corner kick. Richardson stepped to the spot and smashed it in.

Sitting in sixth going into the weekend, the Charlotte Eagles were hitting the road to take on the fourth-place Real Maryland Monarchs and fifth-place Crystal Palace Baltimore. A 3-0 win over Maryland and a scoreless draw in Baltimore netted a jump past their two opponents for fourth in the table with two weeks remaining.

Leading the charge for Charlotte was goalkeeper Steward Ceus. On Friday, he made three saves en route to the 3-0 win over the Monarchs.

The following night, in a crazy match that saw a lengthy lightning delay in each half, the consistency of Ceus in goal proved critical. When the sides came back out for the remaining 10 minutes of the first half, Palace seemed to have benefitted more from the extended break. The Baltimore players came out laying siege to the Charlotte goal mouth with Zack Flores, Bryan Harkin and Dan Lader each creating well-worked opportunities but the Charlotte defense and goalkeeper Steward Ceus managed to withstand the pressure.

Ceus would finish the night with six stops for his second clean sheet of the weekend and third of the season. 

USL First Division Team of the Week
Pos
Name
Team
Highlights
G
Bill Gaudette
Puerto Rico
Five saves in 0-0 draw at Portland
D
Matt Bobo
Charleston
Goal in 2-1 win over Carolina
D
Stephen Keel
Portland
Led team in 0-0 draw against Puerto Rico
D
Nigel Henry
Puerto Rico
Led team in 0-0 draw at Portland
M
Tyrell Burgess
Vancouver
Assist in 4-2 win over Puerto Rico
M
AJ Godbolt
Austin
Goal, assist in 2-2 draw against Montreal
M
Ciaran O'Brien
Montreal
Two assists in 4-1 win over Cleveland
M
Tiger Fitzpatrick
Rochester
Two assists in 4-1 win over Cleveland
F
Gifton Noel-Williams
Austin
Goal, assist in 2-2 draw against Montreal
F
Gregory Richardson
Carolina
Three goals in 4-0 win over Miami
F
Paulo Araujo
Miami
Two goals in 2-1 win at Minnesota

USL Second Division Team of the Week
Pos
Name
Team
Highlights
G
Steward Ceus
Charlotte
Two shutouts at Maryland, Baltimore
D
Colin Falvey
Wilmington
Led team in 2-1 win at Harrisburg
D
Ryan Pierce
Baltimore
Led team in 0-0 draw against Charlotte
D
Nathan Salsi
Pittsburgh
Goal in 3-0 win over Western Mass
D
Josh Rife
Charlotte
Led team in two road shutouts
M
Jamie Franks
Wilmington
Goal in 3-2 win over Richmond
M
Amaury Nunes
Charlotte
Goal in 3-0 win at Maryland
M
Jeff Hughes
Pittsburgh
Goal in 1-1 draw against Western Mass
M
Jorge Herrera
Charlotte
Assist in 3-0 win at Maryland
F
Kenny Bundy
Wilmington
Goal, assist in two wins
F
Randolph Jerome
Pittsburgh
Two goals, assist in 3-0 win again Western Mass


 

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