Photo courtesy Steven Christy / OKC Energy FC
TAMPA, Fla. – OKC Energy FC forward Jose Angulo has been voted the USL Player of the Week for Week 28 of the 2017 season. Angulo recorded a hat trick on Sunday evening, as Energy FC took a 3-0 victory against the LA Galaxy II at Taft Stadium, which allowed OKC to open up a five-point gap between itself and the chasing pack for the eighth and final playoff place in the Western Conference.
Angulo received 50 percent of the poll conducted by a national panel of independent media representing every USL market. Real Monarchs SLC goalkeeper Andrew Putna finished second with 28 percent of the vote.
GK – Andrew Putna, Real Monarchs SLC: Putna recorded a pair of penalty saves as part of five combined saves in two shutouts, as the Monarchs took victory on the road against Sacramento Republic FC and Reno 1868 FC.
D – Mark O’Ojong, San Antonio FC: O’Ojong scored a key goal and was also strong defensively with nine clearances, five tackles and three interceptions in San Antonio’s 2-0 victory against Tulsa Roughnecks FC.
D – Sean Reynolds, Louisville City FC: Reynolds put in a standout performance in Louisville’s 0-0 draw with the Rochester Rhinos on Saturday, recording six interceptions and 12 clearances.
D – Emrah Klimenta, Sacramento Republic FC: Klimenta scored the game-winning goal for Republic FC in its 2-0 win against Phoenix Rising FC and also completed 54 of 64 passes in the contest.
M – Taeseong Kim, Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC: Kim scored the opening goal, as Colorado Springs kept its postseason hopes alive with a 2-1 victory against Orange County SC on Saturday night.
M – Liam Fraser, Toronto FC II: Fraser put in a stellar display in TFC II’s 1-0 win against Louisville City FC, as he recorded five tackles, six clearances and completed 57 of 63 passes.
M – Shaun Wright-Phillips, Phoenix Rising FC: Wright-Phillips recorded a goal and assist, as Rising FC booked its first trip to the USL Cup Playoffs with a 2-0 win against the Portland Timbers 2 last Wednesday night.
M – Kevin Schindler, FC Cincinnati: Schindler provided the spark FCC needed off the bench, as he scored the only goal in a 1-0 win at the Charlotte Independence that boosted the club’s playoff hopes.
F – Kharlton Belmar, Swope Park Rangers: Belmar scored the game-winning goal against the LA Galaxy II and a late equalizer against Rio Grande Valley FC, as the Rangers took four points from two games.
F – Ropapa Mensah, Harrisburg City Islanders: Mensah scored in both of the City Islanders’ outings, on Wednesday night against Ottawa Fury FC and on Saturday against Saint Louis FC, to lead the side to two victories.
F – Jose Angulo, OKC Energy FC: Angulo’s hat trick led Energy FC to a 3-0 victory against the LA Galaxy II on Sunday, giving the side a five-point lead on its rivals for the final playoff place in the Western Conference.
Bench: Mitch Hildebrandt (CIN), Agustin Cazarez (SAC), Hadji Barry (ORL), Shaan Hundal (TOR), Chandler Hoffman (SLC), Juan Mare (SLC), Seku Conneh (BST)
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