TAMPA, Fla. – LA Galaxy II forward Efrain Alvarez has been voted the USL Player of the Week for Week 9 of the 2018 season. The Mexico Under-17 international earned the honor after becoming the youngest player to record a hat trick in the USL’s history, as the 15-year-old led Los Dos to a 6-3 victory against Saint Louis FC last Wednesday night.
Alvarez received 76 percent of the poll conducted by a national panel of independent media representing every USL market. Nashville SC’s Lebo Moloto finished second with 16 percent.
GK – Diego Restrepo, San Antonio FC: Restrepo recorded a five-save shutout to keep his side in the game, as San Antonio earned a point on the road in a 0-0 draw against Rio Grande Valley FC.
D – Colin Falvey, Ottawa Fury FC: Falvey scored a late game-winner against Penn FC and helped Ottawa record back-to-back shutouts while only allowing three shots on goal in two victories over the week.
D – Kalen Ryden, Real Monarchs SLC: Ryden scored a pair of goals as the Monarchs swept to a 4-1 victory against the Swope Park Rangers last Wednesday night.
D – Jordan Dover, Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC: Dover recorded four tackles and four interceptions, as the Hounds held Indy Eleven without a shot on goal and also joined the attack well throughout Friday night’s contest.
M – Alessandro Riggi, Phoenix Rising FC: Riggi recorded a pair of assists and recorded five key passes overall, as Phoenix took a 3-0 victory against OKC Energy FC last Wednesday night.
M – Kay Voser, Charlotte Independence: Voser recorded a goal and an assist, recorded four shots overall and completed 56 of 61 passes as the Independence took a 4-1 victory against FC Cincinnati.
M – Lebo Moloto, Nashville SC: Moloto scored his first two goals for Nashville, as the side took a 2-0 victory against Louisville City FC on Sunday evening to remain undefeated at home this season.
M – Mohamad Thiaw, Reno 1868 FC: Thiaw recorded the game-winning goal and an assist after coming on as a halftime substitute to spark 1868 FC’s 3-2 comeback victory against Sacramento Republic FC.
F – Efrain Alvarez, LA Galaxy II: Alvarez became the youngest player to score a hat trick in the USL’s history, as the 15-year-old struck three times in a 6-3 victory against Saint Louis FC.
F – Ethan Zubak, LA Galaxy II: Zubak recorded his first professional hat trick to provide the other half of Los Dos’ scoring in the side’s 6-3 victory against Saint Louis FC.
F – Didier Drogba, Phoenix Rising FC: Drogba scored a pair of goals, including a spectacular 40-yard free kick, to lead Rising FC to a 5-1 victory against Tulsa Roughnecks FC.
Bench: Maxime Crepeau (OTT), Austin Yearwood (RIC), Luke Vercollone (COS), Sebastian Velasquez (SLC), Alex Martinez (CLT), Eryk Williamson (POR), Gordon Wild (CHS)