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USL Championship Team of the Week – Week 9

By United Soccer League, 08/25/20, 2:30PM EDT

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Phoenix’s Solomon Asante claims Player of the Week honors after two goals, three assists in two games

TAMPA, Fla. – The USL Championship announced the Team of the Week Presented by Cleer Audio for Week 9 of the 2020 regular season on Tuesday, with Phoenix Rising FC’s Solomon Asante earning Player of the Week honors after recording two goals and three assists over Rising FC’s pair of outings during the week.

The Championship’s 2019 Most Valuable Player recorded one goal and two assists in Phoenix’s 4-1 victory against the LA Galaxy II last Wednesday, in the process becoming the second player to reach 40 goals and 30 assists in the league’s regular season all-time, and then notched a goal and assist in Rising FC’s 3-3 draw against Las Vegas Lights FC on Saturday night.

Asante earned 60 percent of the ballot for his performances. Miami FC’s Romario Williams received 20 percent of the poll after recording three goals in two games as his side took four points from two games, including its first win in the Championship on Sunday night against the Charlotte Independence.

The Championship’s Player of the Week is selected by the USL National Media Panel, which is made up of representatives from each media market in the Championship.

USL Championship Team of the Week – Week 9

GK – Daniel Vitiello, Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC: Vitiello recorded a three-save shutout while recording two punches and two high claims in the Hounds’ 2-0 victory against Loudoun United FC for his first career clean sheet.

D – Jordan McCrary, Sacramento Republic FC: McCrary had one assist, completed 41 of 51 passes overall and won 6 of 8 duels while winning 3 of 3 tackles in Sacramento’s 2-1 victory against the Portland Timbers 2.

D – AJ Paterson, Charleston Battery: Paterson recorded one assist, won 6 of 7 duels and 4 of 4 aerials and completed 25 of 34 passes as the Battery claimed the Southern Derby in a 3-0 win against North Carolina FC.

D – Mitchell Taintor, San Antonio FC: Taintor helped San Antonio record shutouts in each of its victories over the past week, scoring once, recording five clearances, 14 recoveries and completing 89 of 124 passes.

M – Tucker Bone, Reno 1868 FC: Bone recorded one goal, one assist and three key passes overall while making eight recoveries and completing 26 of 34 passes in Reno’s 3-1 road win against San Diego Loyal SC.

M – Yann Ekra, Tampa Bay Rowdies: Ekra recorded assist on both Rowdies goals, completed 39 of 40 passes overall and won 6 of 8 duels and 3 of 3 tackles during the Rowdies’ 2-1 win against Atlanta United 2.

M – Corben Bone, Louisville City FC: Bone recorded his first two goals for Louisville and recorded two key passes while completing 33 of 45 passes overall and winning 7 of 11 duels in a 4-1 win against Sporting Kansas City II.

M – Amando Moreno, New Mexico United: Moreno scored in both games as New Mexico swept a pair of victories against Real Monarchs SLC over the past week to extend its lead at the top of Group C in the Championship.

F – Romario Williams, Miami FC: Williams scored three goals in two games as Miami earned four points and its first victory on Sunday night against the Charlotte Independence.

F – Solomon Asante, Phoenix Rising FC: Asante recorded two goals and three assists in two games to move into the league-lead for assists this season and reach 40 goals and 30 assists in the regular season for his Championship career.

F – Alessane Ates Diouf, Austin Bold FC: Diouf had two goals and one assist and completed 22 of 23 passes overall as Austin moved into the playoff positions with a 3-2 victory against Rio Grande Valley FC.

Bench: Brandon Miller (CLT), Tomas Granitto (MIA), Cammy Palmer (OC), Blake Frischknecht (LV), David Estrada (NM), Wilson Harris (SKC), Junior Flemmings (PHX)