Photo courtesy Liza Rosales / Orange County Blues FC
TAMPA, Fla. – Orange County Blues FC forward Trevin Caesar has been voted the USL Player of the Week for the final week of the 2016 season after his two-goal performance against Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC sent the Blues into the 2016 USL Cup Playoffs. Caesar scored twice in the closing stages of Orange County’s 4-0 win to push the Blues past the Portland Timbers 2 on goal differential on the final Saturday of the regular season.
Caesar received 62 percent of the poll conducted by a national panel of independent media representing every USL market. Villyan Bijev of the Portland Timbers 2 finished second with 31 percent.
GK – Mark Ridgers, Orlando City B: Ridgers posted a five-save shutout as OCB took a 2-0 win against Bethlehem Steel FC to clinch a place in the postseason.
D – Amer Didic, Swope Park Rangers: Didic scored his first professional goal against Seattle on Saturday, and was solid defensively in both of the Rangers’ victories to close out the season.
D – Austin Berry, FC Cincinnati: Berry put in a strong performance as Cincinnati closed out its regular season with a 1-0 victory on the road against Pittsburgh.
D – Wal Fall, Rochester Rhinos: Fall was both solid defensively, and got forward to aid the attack as the Rhinos earned the No. 4 seed in the East with 1-0 win against Toronto.
M – Michael Mecham, Wilmington Hammerheads FC: Mecham sealed a victory for the Hammerheads as the side closed the season with a 2-0 win against Richmond.
M – Lewis Neal, Orlando City B: Neal notched a highlight-reel finish, and was crucial in the center of midfield, as Orlando earned a playoff berth with victory in Bethlehem.
M – Raul Mendiola, LA Galaxy II: Mendiola scored what proved to be the game-winner, and was creative throughout, as Los Dos closed the season with a 3-1 win against Real Monarchs SLC.
M – Marco Bustos, Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2: Bustos scored both goals as Vancouver took a 2-1 victory against OKC Energy FC to close out the regular season last Wednesday.
F – Trevin Caesar, Orange County Blues FC: Caesar’s two late goals were pivotal as the Blues overtook Portland for the No. 8 seed in the West with a 4-0 win against Colorado Springs.
F – Memo Rodriguez, Rio Grande Valley FC: Rodriguez notched a pair of assists to lead the Toros past San Antonio FC, and into second place in the Western Conference.
F – Villyan Bijev, Portland Timbers 2: Bijev earned a second successive berth as he finished the season with two goals and one assist in a 3-2 win against Arizona United SC.
Bench: Eric Ati (WIL), Vincent Bezecourt (NY), Adonis Amaya (LA), Cameron Iwasa (SAC), Brian Brown (CLT), Cam Vickers (HAR), Steevan Dos Santos (ROC)
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