TAMPA, Fla. (July 26, 2016) – Charleston Battery midfielder Maikel Chang has been voted the USL Player of the Week for the 18th week of the 2016 season after leading his side to a 3-2 victory against the New York Red Bulls II on Saturday evening. Chang had a goal and assist to lead the Battery who extended their unbeaten streak to six while snapping New York’s 12-game undefeated streak.
Chang received 55 percent of the poll conducted by a national panel of independent media representing every USL market. The LA Galaxy II’s Jaime Villarreal finished second with 27 percent.
USL Team of the Week
GK – John Berner, Charlotte Independence: Berner recorded a five-save shutout, including a pair of outstanding stops, as the Independence defeated Pittsburgh 3-0.
D – Oumar Ballo, Swope Park Rangers: Ballo led the Rangers’ defense with a strong performance in the side’s 3-0 victory against Orange County on Saturday.
D – James Musa, Saint Louis FC: Musa scored the opening goal as Saint Louis boosted its playoff hopes with a 2-1 win against Colorado Springs on Saturday night.
D – O’Brian Woodbine, Charleston Battery: Woodbine recorded a pair of assists in Charleston’s 3-2 victory on the road against the Red Bulls II.
M – Yudai Imura, Richmond Kickers: Imura had a pair of goals in a 3-0 victory against Toronto FC II to lead the Kickers to their third consecutive win.
M – Sebastian Dalgaard, OKC Energy FC: Dalgaard’s strong performance was capped by a standout goal that helped Energy FC take the Black Gold Derby against Tulsa.
M – Liam Miller, Wilmington Hammerheads FC: Miller lifted the 10-man Hammerheads with an outstanding late finish that earned a 2-2 draw on the road against Orlando.
M – Jaime Villarreal, LA Galaxy II: Villarreal had a goal and assist as the Galaxy II defeated San Antonio FC 3-2 to earn their fourth consecutive victory.
M – Maikel Chang, Charleston Battery: Chang had the opening goal and then provided the assist on the game-winner as the Battery defeated the Red Bulls II.
F – Thomas Sanner, Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2: Sanner scored his first professional goal in stoppage time to lift WFC2 to a 2-1 victory against Sacramento on Sunday.
F – Long Tan, Arizona United SC: Tan had a goal and assist to lead Arizona to a big 3-0 win on the road against Real Monarchs SLC on Friday night.
Bench: Kendall McIntosh (POR), Mark O’Ojong (SEA), Lewis Hilton (CLT), Florian Valot (NY), Corben Bone (CIN), Alex Molano (SPR), Irvin Herrera (STL)