TAMPA, Fla. – The USL Championship announced the Team of the Week for Week 29 of the 2022 regular season on Tuesday, with Rio Grande Valley FC midfielder Christian Pinzon voted the Championship Player of the Week presented by Konami eFootball.
Pinzon scored twice and created three chances for teammates in RGV FC’s 3-0 road victory over the Charleston Battery. Pinzon has now scored seven goals and recorded two assists in 10 appearances since signing with the Toros.
Pinzon earned 38 percent of the ballot to claim the award. San Antonio FC’s Sam Adeniran finished second on 23 percent after scoring SAFC’s game-winning goal against Sacramento Republic FC in a match that clinched the top seed in the Western Conference.
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 – Jordan Farr, San Antonio FC: Farr posted clean sheets against both Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC and Sacramento Republic FC as his team notched a pair of narrow 1-0 wins, making a total of five saves.
D – Graham Smith, Memphis 901 FC: In addition to scoring a 95th minute game winner to defeat Louisville, Smith recorded a whopping nine clearances in the match.
D – Michael Bryant, Detroit City FC: Bryant scored the game-tying goal and recorded five interceptions and two clearances in Detroit’s 2-2 draw with FC Tulsa.
D – Matthew Mahoney, Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC: Mahoney racked up 13 clearances, five interceptions and three tackles in games against San Antonio and Oakland.
D – Alex Crognale, Birmingham Legion FC: Crognale tallied six clearances, three interceptions and two tackles as Legion FC held the Rowdies to a 1-1 draw at Al Lang Stadium.
M – Christian Pinzon, Rio Grande Valley FC: Pinzon scored twice and created three chances in RGV FC’s 3-0 win over the Charleston Battery.
M – Tyler Freeman, Loudoun United FC: Freeman came off the bench in the 66th minute with Loudoun up 1-0 on Hartford. By the 74th minute, Freeman had scored twice to secure the 3-0 victory.
M – Eric Bird, FC Tulsa: Bird assisted a goal and then scored one of his own within a three-minute stretch of Tulsa’s 2-2 draw in Detroit.
F – Skage Simonsen Lehland, Loudoun United FC: Lehland contributed a pair of assists and created a total of four chances in his side’s 3-0 win over Hartford. Lehland then created another chance in a 1-0 loss to Indy.
F – Christian Volesky, Monterey Bay F.C.: Volesky scored twice from three shots in a wild 3-3 draw against Phoenix Rising FC.
F – Sam Adeniran, San Antonio FC: Adeniran scored the decisive goal in the win over Sacramento, helping his team clinch the top seed in the Western Conference.
Bench: Tyler Deric (RGV), Grant Robinson (MB), Akeem Ward (RGV), Theodore Ku-DiPietro (LDN), PC (SA), Yazeed Matthews (DET), Ottar Magnus Karlsson (OAK)
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