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Week 17 pro honors announced
Burgess, Hufstader named Players of the Week

USL News Release

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

TAMPA, FL -- United Soccer Leagues announced the Team of the Week honors for the 17th week of the USL season, honoring Vancouver’s Tyrell Burgess as the USL First Division Player of the Week and Wilmington’s Phil Hufstader as the USL Second Division Player of the Week.

Burgess (Bob Frid) and Hufstader each with goal and assist

The Vancouver Whitecaps hit the road for two and started things off with a bang as they handed the Rochester Rhinos a 3-1 loss Friday evening to jump eighth to playoff position tied for sixth.

After an initial late first half penalty converted by Marlon James served as the opener, Tyrell Burgess became a thorn in the Rhinos side attacking up the left flank. On the hour mark he drove up the left side and sent a low cross along the top edge of the penalty area to James, who ran onto the ball and one-timed it straight into the back netting to double the advantage.

A nice goal from Tiger Fitzpatrick three minutes cut into the deficit, but a fantastic individual effort from Burgess a further six minutes later capped the game. The Bermuda international received the ball from Gordon Chin, turned toward goal and after a few touches launched a well-driven swerving shot that rifled past goalkeeper Tim Melia and under the bar for his first goal of the year to make 3-1 in the 69th minute.

The Wilmington Hammerheads ensured a spot in the top three in the USL Second Division, avoiding the First Round meeting between the fourth and fifth seeds, by posting a 2-0 victory on the road over the Pittsburgh Riverhounds.

The Hammerheads scored in the fifth minute as they swarmed Pittsburgh’s penalty area. After receiving a perfect feed from midfielder Kenny Bundy, forward Phil Hufstader blasted the ball to the lower right post after a pivot move in front of the Riverhounds goal.

In the 37th minute, Zeke Dombrowski finished off a Wilmington attack that featured three quick touches inside the Pittsburgh penalty area. Mark Briggs carried it to the right side of the area before tapping a centering pass to Hufstader, who gently sent it to Dombrowski. Dombrowski then popped it past Riverhounds goalkeeper Danny Waltman for the Hammerheads second goal of the evening.

In his nine appearances, Hufstader has four goals and two assists for the Hammerheads, who are in position to potentially win the regular season title over the next two weeks after missing the postseason the past three years. 

USL First Division Team of the Week
Pos
Name
Team
Highlights
G
Evan Bush
Cleveland
Four saves in 0-0 draw against Vancouver
D
Matt Bobo
Charleston
Led team in 1-0 win over Austin
D
Marco Reda
Vancouver
Led team in win and draw on the road
D
Quavas Kirk
Minnesota
Led team in 1-1 draw against Portland
M
Scott Buete
Charleston
Goal in 1-0 win over Austin
M
Tyrell Burgess
Vancouver
Goal, assist in 3-1 win at Rochester
M
Joseph Kabwe
Carolina
Goal in 3-0 win over Austin
M
Ryan Pore
Portland
Goal in 1-1 draw at Minnesota
M
Ciaran O’Brien
Montreal
Assist in 1-1 draw at Miami
F
Marlon James
Vancouver
Two goals in 3-1 win at Rochester
F
Alen Marcina
Miami
Goal in 1-1 draw against Montreal

USL Second Division Team of the Week
Pos
Name
Team
Highlights
G
Dave Kern
Maryland
Eight saves in 0-0 draw against Harrisburg
D
Henry Kalungi
Richmond
Led team in 1-0 win at Harrisburg
D
Kevin Richards
Bermuda
Goal in 1-1 draw agianst Charlotte
D
Sascha Gorres
Richmond
Assist in 1-0 win at Harrisburg
D
Dustin Bixler
Harrisburg
Led team in 0-0 draw at Maryland
M
Mark Briggs
Wilmington
Led team in 2-0 win at Pittsburgh
M
Mike Burke
Richmond
Goal in 1-0 win over Maryland
M
Zeke Dombrowski
Wilmington
Goal in 2-0 win at Pittsburgh
M
Ben Hunter
Richmond
Goal in 1-0 win at Harrisburg
M
Jorge Herrera
Charlotte
Goal in 1-1 draw at Bermuda
F
Phil Hufstader
Wilmington
Goal, assist in 2-0 win at Pittsburgh


 

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