TAMPA, Fla. – The USL Championship announced the Team of the Week for Week 31 of the 2022 regular season on Tuesday, with Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC forward Michee Ngalina voted the Championship Player of the Week presented by Konami eFootball.
Ngalina scored the first hat trick of his USL Championship career in a 4-1 road victory over El Paso Locomotive FC last week as Switchbacks FC secured the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference.
Ngalina earned 40 percent of the ballot to claim the award. Rio Grande Valley FC’s Jonas Fjeldberg finished second on 33 percent of the ballot after scoring both goals in a 2-1 Toros victory over Phoenix Rising FC.
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 – Vicente Reyes, Atlanta United 2: Reyes put in a stellar performance for Atlanta, making 10 saves as Atlanta beat LA Galaxy II 3-1 away from home. This was the third time this season Reyes has posted 10 saves in a match.
D – Josh Wynder, Louisville City FC: Wynder came off the bench and scored a game-winning goal as Louisville beat Detroit City FC 2-1. Wynder also contributed three interceptions, two clearances, and a tackle in 45 minutes of action.
D – AJ Cochran, Indy Eleven: Cochran scored a goal and put in a great defensive performance in a 4-1 win over the Charleston Battery, tallying six clearances, four interceptions, and two tackles while winning 80 percent of his duels.
D – Conner Antley, Tampa Bay Rowdies: Antley recorded two assists and three chances created while also completing 89 percent of his passes in an 8-0 win over Loudoun United FC.
M – Jonas Fjeldberg, Rio Grande Valley FC: Fjeldberg helped the Toros pick up four points this week with a 2-2 draw in Memphis and a 2-1 win over Phoenix. Fjeldberg scored twice and created two chances in the victory.
M – Juan Torres, Rio Grande Valley FC: Torres scored once and created a chance in the draw with Memphis and then made two assists in the victory over Phoenix.
M – Amando Moreno, New Mexico United: Moreno drew the penalty for New Mexico’s first goal and then scored the other two himself in a 3-3 draw with San Diego Loyal SC.
M – Tristan Trager, Atlanta United 2: Trager scored the game-tying goal in the 75th minute and then the go-ahead goal in the 87th minute as Atlanta rallied to beat LA Galaxy II. Trager also created two chances.
F – Michee Ngalina, Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC: Ngalina scored a hat trick and created a chance in Colorado Springs’ 4-1 road win over El Paso Locomotive FC.
F – Stefano Pinho, Indy Eleven: Pinho scored twice from five shots as Indy rolled to a 4-1 win over the Battery.
F – Sebastian Guenzatti: Guenzatti scored twice from three shots in the victory over Loudoun, becoming Tampa Bay’s all-time leading scorer in the process. He also completed 90 percent of his passes overall and 100 percent of his passes in Loudoun’s half.
Bench: Abraham Romero (LV), Fabien Garcia (SA), Tony Leone (LV), Laurent Kissiedou (MEM), Juan Azocar (OAK), Phillip Goodrum (MEM), Luis Solignac (ELP)
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