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USL Championship Team of the Week – Week 15

By Staff, 08/03/21, 1:30PM EDT


El Paso Locomotive FC’s Luis Solignac voted Player of the Week after three goals helped side to two wins

TAMPA, Fla. – The USL Championship announced the Team of the Week Presented by Cleer Audio for Week 15 of the 2021 regular season on Tuesday, with El Paso Locomotive FC forward Luis Solignac voted Player of the Week after recording three goals across two contests that helped lead Locomotive FC to a pair of victories in the week’s action.

The Argentine veteran joined Locomotive FC this past offseason after leading San Antonio FC in scoring in 2020, and Solignac came back to haunt his former club last Wednesday night as he scored the opening goal in a 2-1 victory for El Paso at Toyota Field. Solignac then moved to six goals this season with a two-goal performance against Real Monarchs SLC on Saturday night as Locomotive FC took its fifth win in the past six games to move six points clear at the top of the Mountain Division standings and extend its home undefeated streak to 14 regular-season games.

Solignac earned 50 percent of the ballot to claim the honor. Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC’s Alex Dixon finished second on 25 percent as he scored twice including the game-winner with seven minutes to go in the Hounds’ 3-1 comeback victory against Hartford Athletic on Saturday night, while Sacramento Republic FC’s Luis Felipe Fernandes finished third on 20 percent as he scored his first two goals of the season to lead Republic FC to a 3-1 win against the New York Red Bulls II.

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 – Austin Guerrero, San Diego Loyal SC: Austin Guerrero recorded a five-save shutout to help SD Loyal bounce back from a midweek defeat with a 2-0 victory against the LA Galaxy II on Sunday evening.

D – Darnell King, Phoenix Rising FC: Darnell King scored the opening goal in Phoenix’s 3-1 win against Rio Grande Valley FC and also recorded eight recoveries and completed 37 of 47 passes during the contest at Wild Horse Pass.

D – Josh Bauer, Atlanta United 2: Josh Bauer put in a big defensive performance to help his side earn a 2-2 draw on the road against Birmingham Legion FC, winning 10 of 14 duels while making five interceptions and 12 recoveries.

D – Mark Segbers, Memphis 901 FC: Mark Segbers delivered a pin-point assist on Michael Salazar’s game-winning goal in Memphis’ 2-1 win on the road against Sporting Kansas City II on Sunday and also completed 29 of 31 passes and won 6 of 6 duels.

M – Luis Felipe Fernandes, Sacramento Republic FC: Luis Felipe Fernandes scored his first two goals of the season in Republic FC’s 3-1 win against the New York Red Bulls II and defensively won 13 of 19 duels while recording two interceptions and five recoveries.

M – Arturo Rodriguez, Phoenix Rising FC: Arturo Rodriguez notched a pair of assists and seven key passes overall in attack while also recording eight recoveries and completing 40 of 51 passes in Phoenix’s 3-1 win against Rio Grande Valley FC.

M – Brian Ownby, Louisville City FC: Brian Ownby recorded the assists on both goals for Louisville in its 2-1 victory against Sporting Kansas City II on Wednesday night and had four shots and six key passes while completing 28 of 33 passes overall.

M – Mikko Kuningas, Orange County SC: Mikko Kuningas recorded a pair of assists and had six key passes overall to lead Orange County to a 3-0 victory against Oakland Roots SC on Saturday night, and also made six recoveries and completed 20 of 27 passes.

F – Cal Jennings, Las Vegas Lights FC: Cal Jennings scored a pair of goals to lead Las Vegas to a 3-1 victory against Orange County SC on Tuesday night, while finishing the night with five shots overall and completing 11 of 16 passes.

F – Luis Solignac, El Paso Locomotive FC: Luis Solignac scored three goals across two games to help El Paso to a six-point week with victories against San Antonio FC and Real Monarchs SLC, while also completing 37 of 50 passes and recording six shots.

F – Alex Dixon, Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC: Alex Dixon scored twice on his only two shots of the game to lead the Hounds to a 3-1 victory against Hartford Athletic and also recorded two key passes and six recoveries.

Bench: Patrick Rakovsky (OC), Duke Lacroix (SAC), Kobi Henry (OC), DZ Harmon (CHS), Aodhan Quinn (PHX), Diego Luna (ELP), Claudio Repetto (CHS)

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