New Mexico United's Chris Wehan became only the fourth player to reach 40 goals and 30 assists in the USL Championship's regular season this past Saturday. | Photo courtesy Josh Lane / New Mexico United
Welcome back to our weekly look around the USL Championship after a week which saw Charleston Battery goalkeeper Joe Kuzminsky deliver at the opposite end of the field to which he’s accustomed, one of the New Mexico United’s all-time standouts join an exclusive club, and a remarkable stoppage-time comeback from the LA Galaxy II.
More on all of those, and a look at upcoming potential milestones for current players and the Week 13 Discipline Report.
CHARLESTON’S JOE KUZMINSKY RECORDS LEAGUE’S SECOND GOALKEEPER GOAL
The Charleston Battery’s Joe Kuzminsky became only the second goalkeeper in the USL Championship’s history to record a goal in a regular season contest on Saturday night as he scored in the fifth minute of second-half stoppage time to earn the Battery a 1-1 draw against Loudoun United FC.
Kuzminsky joins former Rochester Rhinos goalkeeper Neal Kitson in achieving the feat, with Kitson having scored an equalizer in the 90th minute of a 2-2 draw against Antigua Barracuda FC on June 6, 2011. Kitson’s goal came on a long free kick delivered into the penalty area from inside his own half that was misjudged by the opposing goalkeeper and found the net to claim a point for the Rhinos at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium.
Kuzminsky had previously recorded one assist in the Championship during his career, providing the helper on a goal by Joel Bunting in the Battery’s 2-0 victory against the Charlotte Independence on July 23, 2021. That makes the 28-year-old the first goalkeeper in the Championship’s history to have recorded both a goal and an assist in his career.
LOS DOS STRIKE TWICE FOR STOPPAGE TIME RALLY
The LA Galaxy II rallied to earn a result with a pair of stoppage time goals on Saturday night against San Diego Loyal SC as goals by Preston Judd (93’) and Taylor Davila (98’) after the clock passed 90 minutes claimed a 2-2 draw at Dignity Health Sports Park. The result marked the first time a side had claimed at least a point in the USL Championship when facing a two-goal deficit entering second-half stoppage time since last June, when Phoenix Rising FC rallied for a 2-2 draw, also against San Diego Loyal SC, behind goals from Santi Moar (91’) and Joey Calistri (97’).
There have been four such instances of a team rallying from a two-goal deficit at the start of second-half stoppage time to earn a draw since the start of the 2017 Championship regular season.
Two-Goal Stoppage Time Rallies Earning Results in the USL Championship (2017-present)
5/28/22 – LA Galaxy II 2, San Diego Loyal SC 2 – Goals by Preston Judd (93), Taylor Davila (98)
6/6/21 – Phoenix Rising FC 2, San Diego Loyal SC 2 – Goals by Santi Moar (91), Joey Calistri (97)
8/22/20 – Las Vegas Lights FC 3, Phoenix Rising FC 3 – Goals by AJ Cochran (96, Own Goal), Ramon Martin Del Campo (99)
3/30/19 – OKC Energy FC 3, Reno 1868 FC 3 – Goals by Christian Eissele (92) and Omar Gordon (94)
NEW MEXICO’S CHRIS WEHAN JOINS 40 GOALS, 30 ASSISTS CLUB
New Mexico United’s Chris Wehan became the 13th player in the USL Championship’s regular season history to reach 30 assists for his career on Saturday, setting up Justin Portillo’s goal in a 2-1 victory against Indy Eleven at Michael A. Carroll Stadium. In the process, the playmaker became only the fourth player to have recorded at least 40 goals and 30 assists in the Championship’s regular season, with the 2017 Championship Rookie of the Year and former All-League selection having netted 44 goals so far in his career.
USL Championship Players with 40 Goals, 30 Assists in Regular Season
Solomon Asante – 49 goals, 42 assists
Jorge Herrera – 72 goals, 35 assists
Enzo Martinez – 46 goals, 32 assists
Chris Wehan – 44 goals, 30 assists
Two players currently sit on the precipice of joining the quartet of players to have reached this mark, with both Hartford Athletic’s Corey Hertzog (74 goals, 29 assists) and Phoenix Rising FC’s Santi Moar (41 goals, 29 assists) one assist away.
LOUISVILLE CITY FC’S CAMERON LANCASTER JUMPS TO THIRD IN GOALSCORING
Louisville City FC’s Cameron Lancaster returned to the starting lineup after a preseason injury had sidelined him for the opening two months of the season this past Saturday and delivered a two-goal performance in his side’s 4-1 victory against FC Tulsa that moved him into third place in the USL Championship’s all-time regular season goalscoring list with 73 tallies.
Lancaster passed former Charlotte Independence legend Jorge Herrera on 72 goals and is now only one behind Hartford Athletic’s Corey Hertzog for second place in the list ahead of this weekend’s action. Lancaster’s two-goal outing was his 12th in the Championship’s regular season all-time – placing him tied for third in that category behind the Championship’s all-time scoring leader Dane Kelly (15) and Hertzog (13) and alongside Chandler Hoffman (12).
Lancaster’s pair of goals also extended his lead in the most goals scored for an individual club in the USL Championship’s regular season with 68 in LouCity’s colors, while his strike rate continues to rank as the best among the league’s most prolific goalscorers all-time. Lancaster currently sports a Goals-per-Minute rate of 107.88, the best among players with at least 40 regular season goals in league history.
Best Minutes/Goal Rate in USL Championship Regular Season History
1. Cameron Lancaster – 107.88 / 73 goals
2. Daniel Rios – 117.25 / 40 goals
3. Romario Williams – 143.2 / 40 goals
4. Lucky Mkosana – 147.6 / 45 goals
5. Dane Kelly – 147.63 / 105 goals
6. Matthew Delicate – 154.24 / 42 goals
7. Chandler Hoffman – 154.6 / 66 goals
8. Hadji Barry – 159.78 / 67 goals
9. Jose Angulo – 167.21 / 53 goals
10. Neco Brett – 168.86 / 66 goals
Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC's Malik Johnson could make his 150th regular-season appearance in the USL Championship on Friday night when his side hosts Las Vegas Lights FC at Weidner Field. | Photo courtesy Isaiah J. Downing / Colorado Springs Switchba
Approaching 200 regular-season appearances
Alex Dixon (PIT) – 198
Approaching 150 regular-season appearances
Malik Johnson (COS) – 149
Santi Moar (PHX) – 148
Kai Greene (MB) – 147
Approaching 100 regular-season appearances
Zeiko Lewis (SAC) – 99
Tobi Adewole (COS) – 99
Shannon Gomez (SA) – 98
Albert Dikwa (PIT) – 98
Matt VanOekel (BHM) – 98
Joe Kuzminsky (CHS) – 97
Will Seymore (NM) – 97
Approaching 15,000 regular-season minutes
Yann Ekra (TBR) – 14,839
Approaching 10,000 regular-season minutes
Duke Lacroix (SAC) – 9,971
Bradley Bourgeois (TUL) – 9,970
Jordan Scarlett (TBR) – 9,932
Approaching 75 regular-season goals
Corey Hertzog (HFD) – 74
Cameron Lancaster (LOU) – 73
Approaching 50 regular-season goals
Solomon Asante (IND) – 49
Kyle Murphy (MIA) – 47
Alex Dixon (PIT) – 47
Approaching 50 regular-season assists
Kenardo Forbes (PIT) – 49
Approaching 40 regular-season assists
Antoine Hoppenot (DET) – 37
Approaching 30 regular-season assists
Santi Moar (PHX) – 29
Corey Hertzog (HFD) – 29
Oscar Jimenez (LOU) – 29
Alex Dixon (PIT) – 28
Approaching 250 regular-season saves
Connor Sparrow (MIA) – 243
Approaching 200 regular-season saves
Trey Muse (MEM) – 189
Approaching 30 regular-season shutouts
Joe Kuzminsky (CHS) – 29
Kyle Morton (LOU) – 27
TAMPA, Fla. – The following is the USL Championship’s discipline report for Week 13 of the 2022 USL Championship season:
Rio Grande Valley FC’s Erik Pimentel has been suspended for two games following his red card for violent conduct against San Antonio FC on May 28. Pimentel will be unavailable for selection in Rio Grande Valley’s contest against Atlanta United 2 on Wednesday night, and against the LA Galaxy II on Saturday night.
El Paso Locomotive FC’s Luis Solignac has been suspended for one game following his red card for two cautionable offenses against Las Vegas Lights FC on May 27. Solignac will be unavailable for selection in El Paso’s contest against Hartford Athletic this Saturday night.
Loudoun United FC’s Rio Hope-Gund has been suspended for one game following his red card for violent conduct against the Charleston Battery on May 28. Hope-Gund will be unavailable for selection in Loudoun’s contest against the New York Red Bulls II on June 8.
The following players enter the upcoming matches one caution away from a yellow card accumulation suspension for their eighth yellow card of the season. Here is the breakdown per club:
El Paso Locomotive FC (1): Eder Borelli
LA Galaxy II (1): Preston Judd
Las Vegas Lights FC (1): Alex Lara
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