TAMPA, Fla. – Louisville City FC goalkeeper Scott Goodwin has been voted the USL Player of the Week for the first week of the 2016 season as he recorded a shutout in City’s 1-0 road victory against the Charlotte Independence on Saturday. Goodwin’s shutout included an outstanding penalty-kick save on Jorge Herrera to keep the game scoreless before his side grabbed a dramatic winner through Cameron Lancaster’s stoppage-time goal.
Goodwin received 53 percent of the poll conducted by a national panel of independent media representing every USL market. LA Galaxy II forward Ariel Lassiter finished second with 35 percent after his two goals led Los Dos past Arizona United SC on Saturday.
GK – Scott Goodwin, Louisville City FC: Goodwin recorded a shutout on the road, including an outstanding penalty-kick save on Jorge Herrera as City earned a 1-0 win.
D – Ryan Richter, Bethlehem Steel FC: The club captain led by example as the Steel took a 1-0 win on the road, proving solid defensively while also joining the attack well.
D – Chris Christian, Sacramento Republic FC: The new addition to Republic FC’s back line fit in seamlessly as Sacramento held Seattle to only one shot on goal.
D – Taylor Mueller, Charleston Battery: Slotting in at right back instead of his usual central position, Mueller performed well in an outstanding duel with FC Cincinnati’s Jimmy McLaughlin.
M – Logan Miller, Wilmington Hammerheads FC: Miller notched a fine long-range goal that proved to be the game-winner as Wilmington defeated Orlando on the road.
M – Yudai Imura, Richmond Kickers: Imura was dangerous throughout as he took on Harrisburg’s defense consistently, and was rewarded with a goal in a 3-1 win.
M – Kevin Oliveira, Swope Park Rangers: Oliveira scored the first goal in the Rangers’ history and provided a solid base for the attack to build on as Swope Park defeated Portland 2-1.
M – Carlos Martinez, Tulsa Roughnecks FC: Martinez scored a spectacular goal and was consistent throughout as the Roughnecks defeated Rio Grande Valley FC.
F – Miguel Gonzalez, Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC: After a standout 2015, Gonzalez picked up where he left off with a fine finish to lift the Switchbacks past OKC Energy FC.
F – Ariel Lassiter, LA Galaxy II: Lassiter scored both goals for Los Dos, continuing his strong form of a year ago, as the Galaxy II opened the season by defeating Arizona.
F – Brandon Allen, New York Red Bulls II: Allen scored his first two professional goals to lead the Red Bulls II back from a halftime deficit to earn a 2-2 draw with Toronto FC II.
Bench: Alex Mangels (TUL), Derrick Etienne Jr. (NY), Brian Ownby (RIC), Jimmy McLaughlin (CIN), Maikon Orellana (SLC), Romario Williams (CHS), Cameron Lancaster (LOU)
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