Photo courtesy A. Schuckmann / Louisville City FC
TAMPA, Fla. – Louisville City FC forward Chandler Hoffman has been voted the USL Player of the Week for the fourth week of the 2016 season as he recorded a first-half hat trick in his side’s 3-2 victory against FC Cincinnati on Saturday. Hoffman’s hat trick in front of a USL regular-season record crowd moved him into a tie for the league lead in goals with the LA Galaxy II’s Jack McBean.
Hoffman received 94 percent of the poll conducted by a national panel of independent media representing every USL market, with Bethlehem Steel FC’s Eric Ayuk the only other player to receive a vote.
GK – Rafael Diaz, New York Red Bulls II: Diaz came off the bench in the 12th minute for his first action of the season, and recorded five saves as the Red Bulls II remained undefeated.
D – Lee Nishanian, LA Galaxy II: The center back put in a strong performance against San Antonio, marshalling his fellow defenders as the Galaxy II extended their undefeated start to five games.
D – Michael Nelson, Seattle Sounders FC 2: Nelson was impressive in his debut for S2, as the rookie helped the side record its first shutout of the season in a 1-0 win against Colorado Springs.
D – Bruno Perone, Wilmington Hammerheads FC: Perone was strong defensively, and distributed well out of the back, as the Hammerheads defeated Montreal 2-0.
M – Luke Rooney, Arizona United SC: Rooney was lively throughout, and provided the assist on Tyler Blackwood’s game-winner for United as it handed Real Monarchs SLC its first loss of the season.
M – Cardel Benbow, Harrisburg City Islanders: Benbow scored a fine goal to cap a strong all-around performance as the City Islanders took their first win of the season against Orlando.
M – Enzo Martinez, Charlotte Independence: Martinez was the key factor in Charlotte’s 3-2 win against the Charleston Battery, scoring the opening goal and dictating play throughout the midfield.
M – Didier Crettenand, Orange County Blues FC: Crettenand had the game-winning goal, and helped marshal the Blues’ attack as the side took its first win of the season against San Antonio.
F – Kharlton Belmar, Portland Timbers 2: Belmar scored the only goal, and was a threat throughout the contest as T2 earned its first win of the season against Sacramento.
F – Chandler Hoffman, Louisville City FC: Hoffman had a first-half hat trick to lead Louisville to a 3-2 victory against FC Cincinnati in front of a record crowd at Nippert Stadium on Saturday night.
F – Eric Ayuk, Bethlehem Steel FC: Ayuk had a goal and assist as the Steel earned a 2-1 win against the Richmond Kickers to bounce back from consecutive defeats.
Bench: Tyler Miller (SEA), Taylor Peay (POR), Joel Johnson (CLT), Henri Manhebo (TUL), Derrick Jones (BST), Jose Escalante (RGV), Matthew Barnes-Homer (WIL)
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