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USL Championship Team of the Week – Week 11

By Staff, 09/08/20, 1:30PM EDT


Charlotte’s Dane Kelly earns Player of the Week after hat trick against North Carolina FC

TAMPA, Fla. – The USL Championship announced the Team of the Week Presented by Cleer Audio for Week 11 of the 2020 regular season on Tuesday, with the Charlotte Independence’s Dane Kelly earning Player of the Week honors after his hat trick led the Independence to a 3-1 victory against North Carolina FC on Saturday night.

The Championship’s all-time leading scorer, Kelly has now recorded four regular season hat tricks in his career, also a league record. The Jamaican international’s performance helped the Independence open an eight-point gap between themselves in second place in Group G and third-placed NCFC as the final stretch of the regular season arrives.

Kelly earned 87 percent of the ballot for his performance. Both FC Tulsa’s Dario Suarez – who scored three goals in two games for his side as it picked up four points on the week – and El Paso Locomotive FC’s Dylan Mares – who notched the game-winning goal and an assist in El Paso’s 3-2 win against New Mexico United on Saturday – finished tied for second on seven percent.

The Championship’s Player of the Week is selected by the USL National Media Panel, which is made up of representatives from each media market in the Championship.

GK – Brandon Miller, Charlotte Independence: Miller recorded six saves across two contests, including a key penalty save against Memphis 901 FC on Wednesday night, as the Independence took victories against Memphis and North Carolina FC during the week.

D – Gabriel Torres, Hartford Athletic: Torres recorded a goal and assist, including the game-winning goal, while completing 30 of 37 passes, winning 6 of 9 duels and making nine recoveries in a 2-1 win against Loudoun United FC.

D – Jordan Scarlett, Tampa Bay Rowdies: Scarlett scored in the Rowdies’ victory against Miami FC on Wednesday night, and across two games completed 112 of 136 passes, won 7 of 8 duels and 4 of 4 aerials as Tampa Bay recorded two shutout wins.

D – Matt Mahoney, Sacramento Republic FC: Mahoney recorded one assist, completed 73 of 85 passes overall and won 9 of 11 duels and 5 of 6 aerial duels in Sacramento’s 2-1 victory against the Portland Timbers 2 on Wednesday.

M – Corben Bone, Louisville City FC: Bone scored once, had two key passes and completed 23 of 29 passes overall, and won 5 of 7 duels and 4 of 5 tackles as LouCity earned a 3-1 victory against Indy Eleven on Saturday night.

M – Robbie Mertz, Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC: Mertz scored once and recorded four key passes across two Hounds victories against Loudoun United FC and the New York Red Bulls II, while also completing 69 of 80 passes.

M – Dylan Mares, El Paso Locomotive FC: Mares recorded a goal and assist, including the late game-winner, while recording six shots, three key passes and 28 of 35 passes overall in Locomotive FC’s 3-2 win against New Mexico United, its first in the series between the clubs.

M – Tucker Bone, Reno 1868 FC: Bone scored the opening two goals of the game, finished with four shots on target overall, and completed 26 of 32 passes as 1868 FC recorded the most goals in a game this season against the Portland Timbers 2 in its 7-1 win.

F – Sean Okoli, Orange County SC: Okoli had two goals and one assist in two games, including a brace in OCSC’s 2-1 win against the LA Galaxy II on Wednesday night, and had seven shots, three chances created while completing 27 of 38 passes.

F – Dario Suarez, FC Tulsa: Suarez scored three goals across two games, recording five shots overall and four on target while completing 33 of 40 passes as Tulsa earned victory against Rio Grande Valley FC and a draw with Austin Bold FC.

F – Dane Kelly, Charlotte Independence: Kelly recorded the fourth hat trick of his career, had five shots overall and completed 18 of 22 passes as the Independence took a 3-1 victory against North Carolina FC on Saturday night.

Bench: Danny Vitiello (PIT), Wilson Harris (SKC), Dre Fortune (NC), Ariel Martinez (TUL), Sam Gleadle (RNO), Sebastian Guenzatti (TBR), Jonathan Perez (LA)

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