TAMPA, Fla. – The USL Championship announced the Team of the Week for Week 2 of the 2022 regular season on Tuesday, with Las Vegas Lights FC forward Danny Trejo voted the Championship Player of the Week presented by Konami eFootball after leading his side to a 2-1 victory against Phoenix Rising FC on Saturday night in its home opener at Cashman Field.
Trejo recorded a goal and assist for Lights FC in the victory and was instrumental in the direct attacking approach that led to other chances for the hosts throughout the contest. After missing half of last season with injury before scoring four goals in 16 appearances, Trejo’s first contributions of the new campaign helped Las Vegas earn just its second victory in 13 contests all-time against Rising FC.
Trejo earned 61 percent of the ballot to claim the award. Louisville City FC winger Brian Ownby finished second on 22 percent after recording a goal as well as four shots and two key passes in his side’s 2-0 victory against Miami FC on Saturday night at Lynn Family Stadium.
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 – Koke Vegas, San Diego Loyal SC: The Spanish goalkeeper recorded his first shutout in the Championship with six saves in a hard-fought 2-0 victory against Sacramento Republic FC on Saturday night.
D – Jeremy Kelly, Memphis 901 FC: Kelly recorded one assist and three chances created in addition to a strong defensive performance at fullback, winning 10 of 15 duels and 5 of 6 tackles in a 2-1 win against Oakland Roots SC.
D – Mitchell Taintor, San Antonio FC: Taintor scored what proved to be the game-winning goal in SAFC’s 2-1 victory against the LA Galaxy II on one of his two shots on target from set pieces, and also made five clearances and six recoveries.
D – Gabriel Torres, FC Tulsa: Torres put in a major shift defensively in Tulsa’s 3-1 victory against Birmingham Legion FC, winning 11 of 17 duels and 3 of 4 tackles while recording five interceptions and 13 recoveries.
M – Daniel Aguirre, LA Galaxy II: Aguirre had a standout game despite Los Dos’ defeat to San Antonio, recording one assists and 11 chances created for the hosts while completing 44 of 53 passes overall and winning 7 of 9 duels.
M – Seth Casiple, Orange County SC: Casiple had one assist and three chances created and won 11 of 13 duels, three tackles and recorded four recoveries in Orange County’s 2-1 victory against Rio Grande Valley FC.
M – Jacob Greene, Loudoun United FC: Greene notched his first goal of the season and had three shots on target while completing 24 of 31 passes and winning 5 of 7 duels as Loudoun defeated the New York Red Bulls II for its second consecutive win to start the season.
M – Joaquin Rivas, FC Tulsa: The El Salvador international earned and then converted a penalty kick that proved the game-winner in Tulsa’s 3-1 win against Birmingham Legion FC, and also won 4 of 4 duels and completed 21 of 29 passes.
F – Brian Ownby, Louisville City FC: Ownby recorded one goal and had four shots and two key passes in LouCity’s 2-0 win against Miami FC while defensively winning 9 of 14 duels and 3 of 3 tackles.
F – Danny Trejo, Las Vegas Lights FC: Trejo notched a goal and assist as he helped drive Las Vegas’ attack with four chances created and two shots in the side’s 2-1 victory against Phoenix Rising FC.
F – Juan Tejada, Tampa Bay Rowdies: Tejada scored in the opening minute of Tampa Bay’s 2-0 win against Indy Eleven, also notched an assist and completed 16 of 18 passes overall while recording two shots and two chances created.
Bench – Sean Lewis (TUL), Manny Perez (LOU), Sami Guediri (LDN), Aaron Molloy (MEM), Justin Portillo (NM), Tyler Freeman (LDN), Sean Okoli (OC)
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