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USL Championship Team of the Week – Week 8

By USLChampionship.com Staff, 05/03/22, 2:30PM EDT

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Birmingham Legion FC’s Prosper Kasim earns Player of the Week honors with two-goal display

TAMPA, Fla. – The USL Championship announced the Team of the Week for Week 8 of the 2022 regular season on Tuesday, with Birmingham Legion FC midfielder Prosper Kasim voted the Championship Player of the Week presented by Konami eFootball as he scored both goals in Legion FC’s 2-1 victory against the Charleston Battery last Wednesday night at Protective Stadium.

Kasim earned the second consecutive Player of the Week award for Legion FC after Enzo Martinez claimed Week 7’s honor and did so with an outstanding individual display in the attacking third. The Ghanaian delivered a game-winning goal for his second of the night that landed at No. 1 on ESPN’s Futbol Americas’ midweek goals countdown and overall had had six shots, created two chances and completed 30 of 37 passes to send Birmingham to its third win out of its past four games.

Kasim earned 57 percent of the ballot to claim the award. El Paso Locomotive FC forward Luis Solignac and LA Galaxy II midfielder Jonathan Perez finished tied for second place with 14 percent apiece.

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 – Jeff Caldwell, Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC: The 2021 Goalkeeper of the Year finalist recorded a five-save shutout, including a key first-half penalty kick save, to keep the Switchbacks in the game before the side pulled away for a 3-0 victory on the road against Oakland Roots SC.

D – Fabien Garcia, San Antonio FC: Garcia recorded one assist and four chances created in San Antonio’s six-goal performance on Saturday against Monterey Bay F.C. while also recording four interceptions, five recoveries and three clearances.

D – Amadou Dia, Louisville City FC: Dia recorded one assist and two key passes and completed 32 of 39 passes overall in LouCity’s 2-0 win against Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC while also winning 3 of 4 duels and 2 of 2 tackles at Lynn Gamily Stadium.

D – Mitchell Taintor, San Antonio FC: Taintor scored once and notched a key pass while completing 27 of 41 passes overall and four interceptions, five clearances and two recoveries in SAFC’s victory against Monterey Bay F.C.

M – Jonathan Perez, LA Galaxy II: Perez recorded one goal and two assists and finished the night with four shots and seven chances created as he completed 37 of 41 passes overall and 7 of 9 dribbles and won 9 of 14 duels in Los Dos’ 3-0 win against Phoenix Rising FC on Sunday.

M – Prosper Kasim, Birmingham Legion FC: Kasim recorded both goals as Legion FC took a 2-1 win against the Charleston Battery on Wednesday night, including an excellent late winner, had six shots and two chances created overall and completed 30 of 37 passes.

M – Nicky Hernandez, San Antonio FC: Hernandez had a strong first start for SAFC, recording one goal and one assist while completing 14 of 19 passes overall, winning 2 of 2 tackles and making 10 recoveries in his side’s 6-0 win against Monterey Bay F.C.

M – Dylan Mares, El Paso Locomotive FC: Mares had one assist and notched one shot and six chances created in El Paso Locomotive FC’s come-from-behind victory against Loudoun United FC as he completed 42 of 47 passes.

F – Luis Solignac, El Paso Locomotive FC: Solignac scored a pair of goals to lead El Paso Locomotive FC to a 3-1 victory on the road against Loudoun United FC and completed the contest with three shots, two chances created while completing 22 of 27 passes overall.

F – Erick Torres, Orange County SC: Torres bagged both goals as Orange County SC claimed its second league win of the season with a 2-1 win at Rio Grande Valley FC while also completing 21 of 24 passes

F – Hadji Barry, Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC: The reigning Championship MVP had a goal and assist as the Switchbacks pulled away late to a 3-0 victory against Oakland Roots SC while completing 23 of 27 passes overall.

Bench: Tomas Romero (LV), Dan Casey (SAC), PC (SA), Diego Luna (ELP), Nick Moon (SD), Mikey Lopez (BHM), Wilson Harris (LOU)

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