TAMPA, Fla. – Charlotte Independence forward Enzo Martinez has been voted the USL Player of the Week for Week 20 of the 2017 season. Martinez recorded a hat trick as the Independence took victory against Louisville City FC in a top-three clash in the Eastern Conference on Saturday night, which also sent the Independence to the top of the conference standings.
Martinez received 68 percent of the poll conducted by a national panel of independent media representing every USL market. OKC Energy FC midfielder Alex Dixon finished second with 16 percent of the poll.
USL Team of the Week
GK – Moise Pouaty, Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC: Pouaty recorded a pair of penalty-kick saves and conceded only an own goal late, as the Switchbacks defeated the Portland Timbers 2 on Saturday.
D – Julian Dunn, Toronto FC II: Dunn shone in TFC II’s shutout victory against the Charleston Battery, recording five tackles, three interceptions and five clearances.
D – Kyle Hyland, OKC Energy FC: Hyland played a key role in two Energy FC shutout victories over the week, as he made four tackles, six interceptions and six clearances over the two performances.
D – Zach Carroll, Orlando City B: Carroll completed 52 of 62 passes against Harrisburg last Wednesday and made nine clearances over two games, as OCB earned a pair of draws on the week.
M – Chris Nanco, Bethlehem Steel FC: Nanco scored the first goal in Steel FC’s comeback victory against Ottawa Fury FC on Saturday and also created three scoring chances in a solid all-around display.
M – Alex Dixon, OKC Energy FC: Dixon scored both goals as Energy FC took a 2-0 victory against Western Conference-leader Real Monarchs SLC on Saturday night.
M – Marcel Schäfer, Tampa Bay Rowdies: Schäfer recorded a pair of assists and completed 76 of 78 passes in the Rowdies’ 3-0 victory against the Harrisburg City Islanders on Saturday night.
M – Chris Wehan, Reno 1868 FC: Wehan had the game-winning goal and his league-leading ninth assist of the season, as Reno took a 3-2 victory on the road against Tulsa Roughnecks FC.
F – Kyle Murphy, Rio Grande Valley FC: Murphy recorded two goals and an assist as the Toros took four points from two games to conclude their trip to the Pacific Northwest.
F – Stefano Bonomo, New York Red Bulls II: Bonomo had a goal and assist to lead the Red Bulls II to their first regulation victory in club history against the Rochester Rhinos on Saturday afternoon.
F – Enzo Martinez, Charlotte Independence: Martinez’s first hat trick for the Independence led the side to the top of the Eastern Conference with a 3-1 victory against Louisville City FC.
Bench: Angelo Cavalluzzo (TOR), Neill Collins (TBR), Jeremy Hall (SAC), Alessandro Riggi (PHX), Kris Tyrpak (SA), Kyle Greig (CIN), Jose Angulo (OKC)
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