Tampa, Fla. – Phoenix Rising FC forward Jason Johnson has been voted the USL Player of the Week for Week 17 of the 2017 season. Johnson scored twice after coming on as a halftime substitute to earn Rising FC a 2-1 victory against Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC on Saturday night at the Phoenix Rising Soccer Complex, as the side’s undefeated streak reached six games.
Johnson received 41 percent of the poll conducted by a national panel of independent media representing every USL market. Swope Park Rangers forward Kharlton Belmar finished second with 36 percent of the poll.
USL Team of the Week
GK – Brandon Miller, Harrisburg City Islanders: Miller recorded seven saves across two shutouts, as the City Islanders claimed a pair of victories to move into Eastern Conference playoff positions.
D – Josu, FC Cincinnati: Josu came on as a first-half substitute and then recorded an assist, made a crucial goal-line clearance and helped set up FCC’s third goal, which proved the game-winner against Louisville City FC.
D – Amer Didic, Swope Park Rangers: Didic completed 125 of 133 passes over two games and recorded 11 clearances and four interceptions against the Portland Timbers 2, as the Rangers took a pair of shutout victories.
D – Brenton Griffiths, Reno 1868 FC: Griffiths went a perfect 7-of-7 on duels and aerial duels and recorded four interceptions and two tackles in 1868 FC’s 1-1 draw with Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2.
D – Modou Jadama, Tulsa Roughnecks FC: Jadama scored the first goal in the Roughnecks’ rally to earn a 2-2 draw with the LA Galaxy II, and also completed 75-of-82 passes for the game.
M – Octavio Guzman, Saint Louis FC: Guzman played a key role in the center of midfield and scored the only goal of the game with a fine free kick to lead STLFC past the Charleston Battery at Toyota Stadium – Saint Louis.
M – Mouhamed Dabo, Harrisburg City Islanders: Dabo applied pressure across the midfield, registering 50 passes, two tackles and one chance created, as the City Islanders defeated the Richmond Kickers 1-0 on Saturday.
M – Miguel Gonzalez, OKC Energy FC: Gonzalez scored a stoppage-time equalizer for Energy FC in a 1-1 draw with San Antonio FC at Toyota Field in the USL Game of the Week on ESPNU.
F – Kharlton Belmar, Swope Park Rangers: Belmar scored the game-winner in both the Rangers’ victories over the past week as Swope Park extended its winning streak to six by defeating Vancouver and Portland.
F – Jorge Herrera, Charlotte Independence: Herrera continued his recent hot streak with his 50th regular-season goal in the USL all-time and an assist in Charlotte’s 3-2 win against the New York Red Bulls II.
F – Jason Johnson, Phoenix Rising FC: Johnson scored twice after coming on as a halftime substitute to lead Rising FC to a 2-1 victory against Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC on Saturday night.
Bench: Adrian Zendejas (SPR), Harrison Delbridge (CIN), Wal Fall (ROC), Stephen McCarthy (SA), Ropapa Mensah (HAR), Wuilito Fernandes (OC), Myer Bevan (VAN)
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