Photo courtesy Steve Kingsman / Freestyle Photography / Ottawa Fury FC
TAMPA, Fla. – Harrisburg City Islanders forward Pedro Ribeiro has been voted the USL Player of the Week for Week 15 of the 2017 season. Ribeiro had a goal and assist, and also played a key role in another goal for the City Islanders, as they took a second consecutive victory in a thrilling 4-3 win against Toronto FC II on Saturday evening.
Ribeiro received 33 percent of the poll conducted by a national panel of independent media representing every USL market, narrowly edging out Phoenix Rising FC goalkeeper Josh Cohen, who finished second with 29 percent.
GK – Josh Cohen, Phoenix Rising FC: Cohen recorded six saves, including a penalty kick denial, as Rising FC earned a 0-0 draw with Reno 1868 FC to earn a point and the team’s first shutout of the season.
D – Tyler Pasher, Swope Park Rangers: Pasher played well in a pair of SPR victories, recording six tackles and three interceptions, and providing the assist on the game-winning goal against the LA Galaxy II.
D – Emrah Klimenta, Sacramento Republic FC: Klimenta scored the opening goal, registered two interceptions and two tackles, and completed 47-of-53 passes in a solid all-around display.
D – Kai Greene, Rio Grande Valley FC: Greene played a key role in the Toros’ shutout of Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC for a 1-0 win, recording three tackles and four interceptions.
M – David Estrada, Charlotte Independence: Estrada had both goals as the Independence earned a 2-1 victory against the Rochester Rhinos on Saturday night.
M – Joaquin Rivas, Tulsa Roughnecks FC: Rivas had a goal and assist in two games over the week, including the game-winner in the Roughnecks’ 2-0 victory against Real Monarchs SLC on Saturday.
M – Maikel Chang, Charleston Battery: Chang recorded two assists as the Battery earned a 2-0 victory against the Tampa Bay Rowdies to remain six points clear in the Eastern Conference.
M – Brian Ownby, Louisville City FC: Ownby set the tone for Louisville’s performance, scoring an early goal and creating other chances through his pressure in a 2-1 victory against Ottawa Fury FC.
M – Villyan Bijev, Portland Timbers 2: Bijev scored a pair of goals to twice give T2 the lead in a dramatic 3-3 draw against Orange County SC on Saturday evening.
F – Pedro Ribeiro, Harrisburg City Islanders: Ribeiro had a goal and assist, and helped set up a third City Islanders goal, in Harrisburg’s 4-3 victory against Toronto FC II on Saturday.
F – Brandon Allen, New York Red Bulls II: Allen scored the only goal of the game – his 30th for the Red Bulls II – and also completed 33-of-39 passes and created eight scoring chances in a strong all-around display.
Bench: Fabian Cerda (TUL), Aaron Jones (BST), Kris Tyrpak (SA), Nansel Selbol (SPR), Lorenzo Ramos (SEA), Luca Uccello (TOR), Djiby Fall (CIN)
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