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Nashville’s Pickens Voted Championship Player of the Week

By Staff, 05/28/19, 1:30PM EDT


Recorded back-to-back shutouts as NSC took four points from two road games

TAMPA, Fla. – Nashville SC goalkeeper Matt Pickens has been voted the USL Championship Player of the Week for Week 12 of the 2019 season. Pickens recorded six saves across two shutouts against Birmingham Legion FC and Indy Eleven to help NSC move into second place in the Eastern Conference standings.

Pickens received 67 percent of the poll conducted by a national panel of independent media representing every USL Championship market. New Mexico United’s Santi Moar finished second on 33 percent as he recorded a pair of goals in NMU’s road victory against Austin Bold FC on Saturday night.

GK – Matt Pickens, Nashville SC: Pickens made six saves over two shutouts during the week as Nashville earned four points from contests against Birmingham Legion FC and Indy Eleven.

D – Neveal Hackshaw, Indy Eleven: Hackshaw won 10 of 14 duels, made 14 recoveries and three interceptions and completed 65 of 81 passes as Indy recorded its fifth consecutive home shutout against Nashville SC.

D – Christian Torres, Las Vegas Lights: Torres made a crucial goal-line clearance to preserve Lights FC’s shutout and completed 47 of 58 passes while recording two interceptions and three recoveries.

D – Sam Brotherton, North Carolina FC: Brotherton scored the opening goal and won 10 of 11 duels overall while making seven clearances, two tackles and two interceptions in a 2-1 road win against the New York Red Bulls II.

D – Alvin Jones, OKC Energy FC: Jones helped Energy FC record a shutout as he won 7 of 10 duels and recorded four tackles, two clearances and one blocked shot against Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC.

M – Santi Moar, New Mexico United: Moar scored a pair of goals and played a key role in New Mexico’s third as NMU became the first side to defeat Austin Bold FC on its home turf this season.

M – Chavany Willis, Bethlehem Steel FC: Willis scored both goals, won 5 of 7 duels and made six recoveries as Steel FC rallied from two goals down to earn a 2-2 draw against Louisville City FC.

M – Jose Aguinaga, Phoenix Rising FC: Aguinaga recorded two assists and three key passes while completing 32 of 37 passes overall in Rising FC’s 4-2 comeback victory against Real Monarchs SLC.

M – Leo Fernandes, Tampa Bay Rowdies: Fernandes scored the game-winner, won 13 of 17 duels and recorded five key passes as the Rowdies defeated the Swope Park Rangers to remain undefeated.

F – Michael Salazar, Rio Grande Valley FC: Salazar scored twice to lead the Toros to victory in the South Texas Derby against San Antonio FC at H-E-B Park.

F – Qudus Lawal, Fresno FC: Lawal scored a goal in each of the Foxes’ two contests during the week, notching the game-winner against Austin Bold FC on Wednesday night, and also recorded four key passes.

Bench: Brendan Moore (ATL), Ken Tribbett (NSH), Diego Casillas (FRS), Alexy Bosetti (OKC), Shandon Hopeau (TAC), Sebastian Dalgaard (HFD), Zeiko Lewis (CHS)

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