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Week 20 USL-1 honors announced
Gbeke named Player of the Week

USL News Release

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

TAMPA, FL -- United Soccer Leagues announced the Team of the Week honors for the 20th week of the USL season, honoring Vancouver’s Charles Gbeke as the USL First Division Player of the Week.

(Bob Frid)The Vancouver Whitecaps posted a five-point week with a pair of draws on the road and a win at home. Charles Gbeke provided three of the four goals in the three contests.

After serving as a threat in a 1-1 draw in Carolina Tuesday, Gbeke wasted no time in Charleston, giving the Whitecaps the lead five minutes in when he got behind the defense on a cross and put the ball past Keith Wiggans from eight yards out in another 1-1 draw Thursday.

Back at home on Sunday, Gbeke nearly set Marcus Haber up for the opener and almost had it himself off a header on a corner in the first half. But as the stalemate wore on toward a third draw, Gbeke stepped up to deliver the win. A Gordon Chin cross from deep on the opposite side found him at the edge of the area, where he stretched out to send a looping header over the keeper and into the far corner in the 80th minute for the lead.

In stoppage time, Gbeke raced up the field to provide assistance for Randy Edwini-Bonsu, who had beaten the defense on the flank and was on a breakaway to goal. As the defense caught up in the box, Edwini-Bonsu slipped the ball to Gbeke for the finish to cap the match.

The three goals moved Gbeke into a tie for fourth in the league in goals with eight on the season, three back of league leader Mandjou Keita of Portland, who tallied two more on the week.

USL First Division Team of the Week
Pos
Name
Team
Highlights
G
Hunter Gilstrap
Cleveland
Three saves in 1-0 win over Minnesota
D
Jeremy Tolleson
Carolina
Led team in 0-0 draw at Rochester
D
Cedric Joqueviel
Montreal
Led team in 2-0 win over Austin
D
Takashi Hirano
Vancouver
Led team in draw and win
M
Ian Fuller
Charleston
Goal in 1-1 draw against Vancouver
M
Nano Short
Rochester
Goal in 3-3 draw against Minnesota
M
Jason Hotchkin
Cleveland
Goal, assist in win and loss
M
Jeremiah Bass
Minnesota
Goal in 3-3 draw at Rochester
F
Peter Byers
Montreal
Two goals in pair of wins
F
Charles Gbeke
Vancouver
Three goals in win and draw
F
Mandjou Keita
Portland
Two goals, assist in 3-1 win over Miami


 

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