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Real Monarchs’ Velazco Named USL Player of the Week

By USLSoccer.com Staff, 05/31/16, 1:25PM EDT

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Scored pair of standout goals as Monarchs earned draw in Vancouver


Photo courtesy Real Monarchs SLC

TAMPA, Fla. – Real Monarchs SLC midfielder Ricardo Velazco has been voted the USL Player of the Week for the 10th week of the 2016 season after leading the Monarchs’ rally to a 2-2 draw against Western Conference leader Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 on Sunday. Velazco had both goals for the Monarchs as they secured a valuable road point against the undefeated WFC2.

Velazco received 42 percent of the poll conducted by a national panel of independent media representing every USL market. FC Montreal goalkeeper Maxime Crepeau finished second with 33 percent.

GK – Maxime Crepeau, FC Montreal: Crepeau recorded 10 saves, including a penalty kick, to preserve Montreal’s first win of the season in Richmond.

D – Josh Suggs, Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC: Suggs put in another strong performance with the assist on the opening goal, and solid defense against his former Orange County teammates.

D – Coady Andrews, OKC Energy FC: Andrews scored what proved to be the game-winner as Energy FC extended its undefeated streak to seven games last Tuesday night.

D – Joe Farrell, Rochester Rhinos: Farrell scored both goals, including a stoppage-time equalizer, as the Rhinos earned a 2-2 draw with Bethlehem.

M – Ricardo Velazco, Real Monarchs SLC: Velazco scored a pair of outstanding goals to rally Real back from a two-goal deficit on the road against Vancouver.

M – Kyle Smith, Louisville City FC: Smith scored his first professional goal, and also had an assist, as Louisville handed Charleston its first home defeat in the USL in more than two years.

M – Ryo Fujii, LA Galaxy II: Fujii scored a pair of good goals, and was solid in the center of the midfield as Los Dos took a 4-1 win against Arizona.

M – Pierre Da Silva, Orlando City B: The former U.S. U17 international scored his first professional goal, and also recorded the assist on OCB’s winner against Charlotte.

M – Mael Corboz, Wilmington Hammerheads FC: Corboz led Wilmington’s comeback from a halftime deficit in Toronto, and scored the game-winner with seven minutes to go.

F – Jack McBean, LA Galaxy II: The Galaxy II’s captain struck twice to move to 11 goals this season, and also added an assist in Los Dos’ victory against Arizona.

F – Irvin Herrera, Saint Louis FC: Herrera earned a second consecutive selection as his superlative finish gave Saint Louis FC a 1-1 draw with Rio Grande Valley on Sunday.

Bench: Mitch Hildebrandt (CIN), Brett Levis (VAN), Ballou Jean-Yves Tabla (MTL), Jose Escalante (RGV), Andrew Wiedeman (CIN), Villyan Bijev (POR), Harry Williams (SAC)

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