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USL Week 19 pro honors announced
Tarley, Noviello named Players of the Week

USL News Release

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

TAMPA, FL -- United Soccer Leagues announced the Team of the Week honors for the 19th week of the USL season, honoring Minnesota’s Melvin Tarley as the USL First Division Player of the Week and Wilmington’s Jyler Noviello as the USL Second Division Player of the Week.

The Minnesota Thunder went into the weekend 0-5-3 on the road for the year and came away with four points on a win and a draw courtesy of veteran striker Melvin Tarley, who netted all three goals for the club.

Tarley, Noviello key off the bench

In a tight-nit affair Friday night in Miami, Tarley came off the bench in the 57th minute and was an immediate shot in the arm for the Thunder. Ten minutes after entering he had a golden opportunity for the opener miss the target, but made up for the error a minute later. Tarley redeemed himself with a glancing header on a 40-yard free kick from Ricardo Sanchez.

Two days later, the Thunder fell behind twice in the Texas heat of Austin, but Tarley pulled Minnesota level twice. Trailing at the break, Tarley flicked in a cross from Leonel Saint-Preux eight minutes into the second half. With time winding down, he headed home a Sanchez corner kick for his fifth of the season.

The Wilmington Hammerheads entered the week three points back of Richmond in the race for the regular season title with a showdown for first on the line against the Kickers looming Saturday after a midweek contest against Real Maryland. Jyler Noviello was step out of the shadows to lead the North Carolina club to the top spot in the USL Second Division with a pair of goals.

Receiving his first start in nearly three years, Noviello responded with what held as the game-winner in a 2-0 home victory over the Monarchs Wednesday. In the 30th minute Jamie Watson fired a shot toward the Maryland goal and Noviello followed up on a deflection to give Wilmington the lead.

Trailing 2-1 Saturday and needing a draw to secure the regular season championship on tiebreakers, Noviello came off the bench in his typical role in the 67th minute and was an immediate boost. Six minutes after entering he slotted the ball into the lower corner past Ronnie Pascale to tie the match and giving Wilmington the top seed after the Hammerheads had missed the playoffs entirely the past three years.

Despite playing an average of just over 25 minutes a game in his 18 appearances on the year, Noviello finished the season with the second highest goal total on the club with six for the year and snuck into the leaders tables with the two-goal week at 15th in points and tied for eighth in goals. 

USL First Division Team of the Week
Pos
Name
Team
Highlights
G
Caleb Patterson-Sewell
Carolina
Seven saves in 0-0 draw at Vancouver
D
John Krause
Puerto Rico
Goal in 1-0 win against Montreal
D
David Hayes
Portland
Assist in 4-1 win at Rochester
D
Jeremy Tolleson
Carolina
Led team in 0-0 draw at Vancouver
D
Chris Pozniak
Vancouver
Led team in 0-0 draw against Carolina
M
Ricardo Sanchez
Minnesota
Two assists in win, draw on road
M
Tsuyoshi Yoshitake
Charleston
Two goals in 4-1 win over Cleveland
M
Ryan Pore
Portland
Two goals, assist in two road wins
F
Jean Alexandre
Austin
Goal, assist in 2-2 draw against Minnesota
F
Melvin Tarley
Minnesota
Three goals in draw, win on road
F
Mandjou Keita
Portland
Goal, assist in 4-1 win at Rochester

USL Second Division Team of the Week
Pos
Name
Team
Highlights
G
Danny Waltman
Pittsburgh
Six saves in 1-0 win over Baltimore
D
Rusty Pierce
Wilmington
Led team in 2-0 win over Maryland
D
Ben Johnson
Charlotte
Assist in 3-0 win over Western Mass
D
Cody Bragg
Pittsburgh
Led team in 1-0 win over Baltimore
M
Edens Chery
Western Mass
Assist in 2-1 win over Harrisburg
M
Amaury Nunes
Charlotte
Two goals in 3-0 win over Western Mass
M
Jyler Noviello
Wilmington
Two goals in win, draw to finish first
M
Ryan Solle
Wilmington
Goal in 2-2 draw at Richmond
F
Almir Barbosa
Western Mass
Goal in 2-1 win at Harrisburg
F
Matthew Delicate
Richmond
Two goals in 2-2 draw against Wilmington
F
Bill Brindley
Pittsburgh
Goal in 1-0 win over Baltimore

 


 

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