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Portland’s Bijev Named USL Player of the Week

By USLSoccer.com Staff, 09/20/16, 1:25PM EDT

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Had goal and two assists as T2 took pair of victories to remain in playoff contention


Photo courtesy Eric Cech / Portland Timbers 2

TAMPA, Fla. – Portland Timbers 2 forward Villyan Bijev has been voted the USL Player of the Week for the 26th week of the 2016 season after recording a goal and two assists to lead T2 to a pair of victories over the past week. Bijev set up the game-winning goal for Portland in Arizona last Tuesday, and then had a goal and assist in T2’s victory in Vancouver on Sunday afternoon.

Bijev received 50 percent of the poll conducted by a national panel of independent media representing every USL market. Charlie Adams of Real Monarchs SLC finished second with 30 percent.

GK – Clement Diop, LA Galaxy II: Diop recorded an eight-save shutout to lead Los Dos to a 1-0 win against Rio Grande Valley FC that clinched a place in the playoffs.

D – Amer Didic, Swope Park Rangers: Didic led a strong defensive display for SPR as they earned a 3-0 victory on the road against OKC Energy FC on Sunday.

D – Harrison Delbridge, FC Cincinnati: Delbridge played the full game in both of FCC’s shutouts last week as the side clinched the No. 3 seed in Eastern Conference.

D – Vasilis Apostolopoulos, Rochester Rhinos: Apostolopoulos was solid at the back as the Rhinos took a 1-0 win on the road against the Charlotte Independence.

M – Luke Rooney, Arizona United SC: Rooney had a goal and assist as Arizona rallied to defeat Real Monarchs SLC 3-2 on Saturday night.

M – Charlie Adams, Real Monarchs SLC: Adams scored the game-winner, and also added an assist, as the Monarchs defeated San Antonio FC 2-0 last Wednesday.

M – Maikel Chang, Charleston Battery: Chang scored the game-winner as the Battery took a 2-1 comeback victory on the road against the Richmond Kickers on Saturday.

M – Magnus Rasmussen, Louisville City FC: Rasmussen earned a second consecutive selection as his two goals helped lead City to a 5-1 win against Saint Louis.

F – Brandon Allen, New York Red Bulls II: Allen scored a goal and added two assists as the Red Bulls II took a 4-0 win against FC Montreal on Saturday night.

F – Mark Anthony Gonzalez, Swope Park Rangers: Gonzalez had a goal and assist as SPR clinched a playoff berth with a 3-0 win on the road against OKC Energy FC.

F – Villyan Bijev, Portland Timbers 2: Bijev had one goal and two assists to lead T2 to a pair of wins, and move into a tie for the league lead in assists with nine on the season.

Bench: Alex Tambakis (CHS), Kadeem Dacres (LOU), Florian Valot (NY), Ariel Lassiter (LA), Pedro Baez (SLC), Franck Tayou (SA), Neco Brett (POR)

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