TAMPA, Fla. – Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC midfielder Shane Malcolm has been voted the USL Championship Player of the Week for Week 1 of the 2019 season. The Guam international recorded the first hat trick of the new season as the Switchbacks romped to a 4-1 victory against the LA Galaxy II on Saturday night at Dignity Health Sports Park.
Malcolm received 43 percent of the poll conducted by a national panel of independent media representing every USL Championship market. OKC Energy FC forward Deshorn Brown finished second with 35 percent after tallying twice in his side’s 3-1 victory on the road against El Paso Locomotive FC.
GK – Brendan Moore, ATL UTD 2: Moore recorded a six-save shutout as Atlanta opened its season with a 2-0 victory against Hartford Athletic.
D – Phanuel Kavita, Saint Louis FC: Kavita scored the game-tying goal and recorded six clearances as STLFC rallied for victory against Indy Eleven.
D – Papé Diakité, Tampa Bay Rowdies: The center back recorded 13 clearances, won 11 of 12 duels and 8 of 9 aerial duels as the Rowdies earned a road shutout in Memphis.
D – Alex Cooper, Fresno FC: Cooper recorded the assist on the Foxes’ goal, finished with three key passes overall and won 3 of 4 duels in Fresno’s 1-1 draw with New Mexico.
M – Zach Zandi, Bethlehem Steel FC: Zandi scored the second goal in Steel FC’s victory against Birmingham while also completing 37 of 42 passes in his professional debut.
M – Tommy McCabe, North Carolina FC: McCabe notched what proved to be the winner on his professional debut in NCFC’s 4-1 win against Louisville and completed 30 of 34 passes overall.
M – Shane Malcolm, Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC: Malcolm recorded the first hat trick of the 2019 season as the Switchbacks swept to a 4-1 win against the LA Galaxy II
M – Billy Forbes, San Antonio FC: Forbes scored a fine goal, recorded two key passes and completed 12 of 14 passes overall in SAFC’s 3-3 draw with Phoenix Rising FC.
F – Tom Barlow, New York Red Bulls II: Barlow struck twice as the Red Bulls II opened the season with a 3-1 win against the Swope Park Rangers
F – Deshorn Brown, OKC Energy FC: Brown scored the second-fastest goal in Championship history after just 12 seconds, then added a second in a 3-1 win against El Paso Locomotive FC.
F – Devon Sandoval, New Mexico United: Albuquerque native Sandoval scored the first goal in New Mexico’s history as the expansion side earned a 1-1 draw with Fresno FC.
Bench: David Ochoa (SLC), Jordan Burt (COS), Matt LaGrassa (NSH), Marcus Epps (NY), Shandon Hopeau (TAC), Marios Lomis (NC), Junior Flemmings (PHX)
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