TAMPA, Fla. – Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 forward Thomas Sanner has been voted the USL Player of the Week for the 22nd week of the 2016 season after recording a hat trick in WFC2’s victory against Arizona United SC on Sunday. Sanner scored all three goals in the final 10 minutes after coming on as a substitute in the contest to lift Vancouver to a 3-1 win, keeping the side tied on points with Sacramento Republic FC at the top of the USL Western Conference standings.
Sanner received 64 percent of the poll conducted by a national panel of independent media representing every USL market. Dzenan Catic of Rio Grande Valley FC finished second with 27 percent.
USL Team of the Week
GK – Callum Irving, Rio Grande Valley FC: Irving recorded six saves after coming on as a first-half substitute, playing a key role as the Toros defeated Colorado Springs 2-0.
D – Aron Mkungilwa, FC Montreal: Mkungilwa had the game-winning goal and an assist as Montreal rallied for a 3-2 win against Bethlehem Steel FC on Sunday.
D – Patrick Slogic, Charlotte Independence: Slogic had a goal and assist as the Independence romped to a 4-0 win against Orlando City B last Wednesday night.
D – O’Brian Woodbine, Charleston Battery: Woodbine’s highlight reel strike earned the Battery a 1-1 draw with Wilmington Hammerheads FC on Saturday night.
M – Rafael Castillo, San Antonio FC: Castillo scored the game-winning goal for SAFC against Seatte Sounders FC 2 as it moved into the Western Conference playoff positions.
M – Sofiane Tergou, Rochester Rhinos: Tergou notched a pair of goals as the Rhinos swept to a 3-0 victory against the Pittsburgh Riverhounds on Saturday night.
M – Tommy Thompson, Sacramento Republic FC: Thompson had a goal and assist as Republic FC moved to the top of the Western Conference with a 4-0 win against Portland.
M – Timo Pitter, OKC Energy FC: Pitter had a goal and assist to lead Energy FC to a victory in the Black Gold Derby against Tulsa Roughnecks FC on Saturday night.
F – Dzenan Catic, Rio Grande Valley FC: Catic had three goals in two games as the Toros took a pair of road victories against Tulsa and Colorado Springs.
F – Brian Brown, Charlotte Independence: Brown had two goals and an assist as the Independence defeated Orlando City B 4-0 last Wednesday night.
F – Thomas Sanner, Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2: Sanner scored a hat trick in the final 10 minutes of the game as WFC2 took a 3-1 win against Arizona United SC on Sunday.
Bench: Matt Cardone (SA), Oumar Ballo (SPR), Michael Binns (WIL), Danny Barrera (SAC), Cesar Elizondo (SA), Junior Flemmings (NY), Cameron Iwasa (SAC)