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Herrera Named Player of the Week
Had three goals in two wins as Eagles clinched playoff berth

USL PRO News Release

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

TAMPA, Fla. – USL PRO named its Team of the Week for Week 21 of the season on Tuesday, with Charlotte Eagles midfielder Jorge Herrera earning Player of the Week honors after scoring three goals in two games as the Eagles clinched a playoff berth for the first time since 2009. Herrera led Charlotte to victories against the Harrisburg City Islanders and Antigua Barracuda FC as the Eagles moved into fifth place in the USL PRO standings.

Herrera had the winning goal as the Eagles took a 2-1 victory against Harrisburg Wednesday, putting away a finish on a counter-attack. He then opened the scoring for Charlotte in its win against Antigua, and added a second in the 55th minute as the Eagles clinched their place in the playoffs. Herrera has now scored 10 goals in 21 games this season while also providing veteran leadership for the young squad.

Joining Herrera in the Team of the Week’s midfield is teammate Drew Yates, who had a goal and two assists in Charlotte’s win against Antigua. The midfield quartet is completed by Richmond’s Brian Ownby, who scored twice in the Kickers’ victory against Dayton, and Pittsburgh’s Rob Vincent, whose outstanding long-range effort helped the Riverhounds get past VSI Tampa Bay FC and claim a place in the playoffs.

Harrisburg’s Lucky Mkosana leads the attacking trio after scoring his second hat trick of the season in a 3-1 win against Tampa Bay on Saturday night. The Zimbabwean forward now has 13 goals this season, and has scored 10 in his past seven games. Joining him are Los Angeles’ Matt Fondy, who had a pair of goals in the Blues’ 2-1 win against Charleston, and Wilmington’s Cody Arnoux, whose late goal kept the Hammerheads’ playoff hopes alive with a win against Dayton.

The Orlando duo of Rob Valentino and Renan Boufleur lead the defensive trio, with both scoring goals as the Lions took victories against VSI Tampa Bay FC and the Seattle Sounders Reserves. Charleston’s Emmanuel Adjetey also earned selection after putting in a solid performance against Phoenix in the Battery’s win on the west coast, while Rochester’s Brandon Miller claimed goalkeeping honors after recording a shutout in the Rhinos’ 1-0 win against Pittsburgh.

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USL PRO Team of the Week

Pos

Player 

Team

Highlights

GK

Brandon Miller

Rochester

Stepped in to record shutout in Rhinos’ home finale

D

Rob Valentino

Orlando

Had a goal and assist as Lions took pair of victories

D

Emmanuel Adjetey

Charleston

Put in a solid performance as Battery shut out Phoenix

D

Renan Boufleur

Orlando

Two strong performance, including a goal, as Lions won twice

M

Brian Ownby

Richmond

Scored twice as Kickers swept past Dutch Lions

M

Drew Yates

Charlotte

Had a goal and two assists to lead Eagles past Antigua

M

Rob Vincent

Pittsburgh

Spectacular goal highlighted Riverhounds’ win against Tampa Bay

M

Jorge Herrera

Charlotte

Three goals in two wins as Eagles clinched playoff place

F

Matt Fondy

Los Angeles

Two goals against Battery gave him nine in nine games this season

F

Lucky Mkosana

Harrisburg

Hat trick led City Islanders to victory against Tampa Bay

F

Cody Arnoux

Wilmington

Late goal against Dayton kept Hammerheads’ playoff hopes alive

Honorable Mention: Charleston – Dane Kelly, Kevin Klasila; Charlotte – Christian Ramirez, Eric Reed; Dayton – Eli Garner; Harrisburg – Don Anding, Cristhian Hernandez; Los Angeles – Rodrigo Lopez, Mohammed Mohammedi; Orlando – Kevin Molino, Dennis Chin; Pittsburgh – Hunter Gilstrap, Jose Angulo; Richmond – Matt Delicâte, Sascha Görres; Rochester – Tam McManus; Tampa Bay – Chad Burt, Shawn Chin; Wilmington – Mickael Oliveira, Daniel Steres.

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