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USL Championship Team of the Week – Week 10

By Staff, 06/29/21, 1:30PM EDT


Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC’s Hadji Barry voted Player of the Week after four-goal week

TAMPA, Fla. – The USL Championship announced the Team of the Week Presented by Cleer Audio for Week 10 of the 2021 regular season on Tuesday, with Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC’s Hadji Barry being voted Player of the Week after recording four goals across a pair of victories during the week’s action.

Barry became the first player to reach double-digit goals this season during Week 10, opening with a two-goal performance on Tuesday night as the Switchbacks claimed a 3-2 victory against Austin Bold FC. The Guinean forward then added another pair of goals in Colorado Springs’ 3-1 victory against New Mexico United on Friday night at Weidner Field, a result that moved the side into third place in the Championship’s Mountain Division and gave Barry goals in seven consecutive contests, one shy of his own league record for consecutive games with a goal set in 2018 when he played for Sporting Kansas City II.

Barry earned 67 percent of the ballot to claim the honor. FC Tulsa’s Rodrigo da Costa finished second on 17 percent after scoring both goals in his side’s 2-1 victory on the road against Rio Grande Valley FC on Friday night.

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 – Zeus De La Paz, Oakland Roots SC: The Curacao international recorded a six-save shutout on Saturday night to earn his side a point in a scoreless draw against Austin Bold FC.

D – Sebastian Anderson, Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC: The U.S. youth international had an impressive pair of performances for the Switchbacks, recording one assist and winning 8 of 10 tackles to help the side claim a pair of victories.

D – Neveal Hackshaw, Indy Eleven: Neveal Hackshaw recorded a goal and assist in Indy’s 3-3 draw with Louisville City FC on Saturday night at Lynn Family Stadium while also recording four interceptions and six clearances defensively.

D – Robert Coronado, OKC Energy FC: Robert Coronado recorded one assist and two key passes while completing 28 of 33 passes overall and winning 6 of 8 duels in Energy FC’s 2-1 comeback victory against Atlanta United 2 on Sunday night.

M – Ray Serrano, Tacoma Defiance: Ray Serrano scored both goals to lead Tacoma to victory against the LA Galaxy II on Sunday afternoon and completed 22 of 29 passes, three dribbles while also winning 9 of 14 duels.

M – Brian Ownby, Louisville City FC: Brian Ownby was phenomenal on the right flank for Louisville in its 3-3 draw with Indy Eleven, recording a pair of assists and eight key passes in the contest while completing 24 of 31 passes.

M – Kenardo Forbes, Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC: Kenardo Forbes tied Pittsburgh’s record for most assists at the club with his 27th helper in its colors while also recording three key passes and completing 43 of 58 passes overall in the Hounds’ 2-1 win against the New York Red Bulls II.

M – Eric Bird, FC Tulsa: Eric Bird won 5 of 5 tackles and 9 of 14 duels while also making 11 recoveries and six interceptions in a stellar display in the center of midfield to help Tulsa claim a 2-1 road victory against Rio Grande Valley FC on Friday night.

F – Hadji Barry, Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC: Hadji Barry recorded four goals across two victories for the Switchbacks against Austin Bold FC and New Mexico United, sending the Guinean forward to 10 goals this season.

F – Rodrigo Da Costa, FC Tulsa: Rodrigo da Costa scored both goals as Tulsa claimed a 2-1 victory on the road against Mountain Division leader Rio Grande Valley FC, and also won 3 of 3 tackles and won 7 of 13 duels defensively.

F – Nicque Daley, Charleston Battery: Nicque Daley scored a pair of goals in the Battery’s 3-0 win against Loudoun United FC and completed 4 of 5 dribbles while finishing with four shots overall for the contest.

Bench: Evan Louro (TBR), Conor Donovan (OKC), Danny Barbir (SKC), Michee Ngalina (COS), Logan Gdula (CHS), Dane Kelly (CLT), Solomon Asante (PHX)

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