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Indy’s Saad Earns USL Player of the Week

By USLSoccer.com Staff, 04/17/18, 1:29PM EDT

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Two-goal performance, including highlight-reel finish, led side past Nashville SC

TAMPA, Fla. – Indy Eleven midfielder Soony Saad has been voted the USL Player of the Week for Week 5 of the 2018 season. Saad scored both goals, including a 35-yard blast that landed at No. 5 on ESPN’s SportsCenter Top 10 on Saturday night, in the Eleven’s 2-1 victory against Nashville SC at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Saad received 50 percent of the poll conducted by a national panel of independent media representing every USL market. Orange County SC goalkeeper Andre Rawls finished second with 32 percent, while the New York Red Bulls II’s Stefano Bonomo and Real Monarchs SLC’s Masta Kacher finished tied for third.

GK – Andre Rawls, Orange County SC: Rawls posted an eight-save shutout, as Orange County took a 3-0 win on the road against San Antonio FC on Saturday night.

D – Tobi Adewole, Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC: Adewole scored the late winner in a 1-0 victory against Ottawa Fury FC, while also recording eight clearances and winning all 10 duels and aerial duels.

D – Amadou Dia, Phoenix Rising FC: Dia won 14 of 21 duels overall and recorded two tackles, two interceptions and three clearances, as Rising FC took a 1-0 victory on the road against the LA Galaxy II.

D – Futty Danso, North Carolina FC: Danso helped hold the Charlotte Independence to only two shots on goal with 10 clearances and also won 12 of 16 duels and aerial duels during his side’s 2-0 road victory.

D – Kyle Smith, Louisville City FC: Smith scored the tying goal from the penalty spot, completed 89 of 103 passes and recorded two key passes to help Louisville rally to a 2-1 victory against the Richmond Kickers.

M – Luke Vercollone, Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC: Vercollone recorded a goal and an assist and completed 20 of 24 passes to lead the Switchbacks to victory against Reno 1868 FC.

M – Joey Calistri, Saint Louis FC: Calistri scored the game-winning goal in STLFC’s 1-0 win against the LA Galaxy II, and finished with four shots overall.

M – Soony Saad, Indy Eleven: Saad scored both goals, including a 35-yard strike that landed on ESPN's SportsCenter Top 10, in Indy's 2-1 win against Nashville SC on Saturday afternoon.

F – Masta Kacher, Real Monarchs SLC: Kacher scored twice to lead Monarchs to a fourth consecutive win to start season in their 3-1 victory against Seattle Sounders FC 2 last Wednesday night.

F – Stefano Bonomo, New York Red Bulls II: Bonomo had a goal and two assists as the Red Bulls II romped past the Tampa Bay Rowdies 5-0 on Saturday afternoon.

F – Felix Chenkam, Seattle Sounders FC 2: Chenkam scored twice, as S2 rallied for a 3-2 victory against Rio Grande Valley FC on Saturday evening. 

Bench: Trevor Spangenberg (RIC), Derrick Jones (BST), Justin Portillo (SLC), George Davis IV (LOU), Brian White (NY), Didier Drogba (PHX), Thomas Enevoldsen (OC)

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