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USL Championship Team of the Week – Week 9

By Staff, 05/09/23, 2:30PM EDT


Charleston Battery’s Trey Muse earns Player of the Week after six-save shutout guided side to victory in Las Vegas

TAMPA, Fla. – The USL Championship announced the Team of the Week for Week 9 of the 2023 regular season on Tuesday, with the Charleston Battery’s Trey Muse voted the Championship Player of the Week presented by Konami eFootball after a standout six-save shutout that included a key penalty kick save in his side’s 1-0 victory on Friday night against Las Vegas Lights FC.

A new arrival at the Battery this season, the 23-year-old put in his sharpest performance of a good season so far against Lights FC, helping deny an aggressive home attack at Cashman Field. The highlight of Muse’s night came with 16 minutes to go as he denied a penalty kick by former Mexico international Erick “Cubo” Torres to preserve the Battery’s one-goal lead. The victory sent Charleston back to the top of the Eastern Conference standings in the Championship through nine weeks of the season after the side finished 12th a season ago.

Muse earned 67 percent of the ballot to claim the award. Miami FC’s Florian Valot finished second on 17 percent after a standout all-around display that helped his side claim a 3-1 victory against Birmingham Legion FC last Wednesday night at Riccardo Silva 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 – Trey Muse, Charleston Battery: The 23-year-old produced a six-save shutout, including a key penalty kick save on Erick “Cubo” Torres in the second half, to help the Battery earn a 1-0 victory against Las Vegas Lights FC on Friday night at Cashman Field.

D – Younes Boudadi, Indy Eleven: The Moroccan full back notched one assist and completed 56 of 65 passes, won 9 of 12 overall duels and 2 of 3 tackles, and made nine recoveries as the Boys in Blue rallied for a 2-1 victory at Loudoun United FC.

D – Derek Dodson, Charleston Battery: Dodson put in a strong defensive display against Las Vegas in the Battery’s 1-0 win, making six clearances and 13 recoveries while winning a combined 12 of 17 duels and also hit the woodwork on one of his two shots in attack.

D – Eder Borelli, El Paso Locomotive FC: The Mexican full back recorded one assist and won 3 of 5 tackles and 6 of 8 duels in Locomotive FC’s 3-2 victory against Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC on Friday night.

M – Florian Valot, Miami FC: The French midfielder put in a sterling all-around display in Miami’s 3-1 win against Birmingham Legion FC on Wednesday night, recording one assist and two chances created while winning 11 of 13 duels and recording 12 recoveries defensively.

M – Petar Petrovic, El Paso Locomotive FC: The Serbian notched a goal and assist in the first half to help lead El Paso Locomotive FC to a 3-2 victory at Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC, completing 14 of 16 passes overall while putting all three of his shots on target.

M – Charlie Dennis, Tampa Bay Rowdies: The English midfielder earned a second consecutive selection as he scored a brilliant free kick shortly before halftime to highlight a strong all-around display in a 2-0 win against Phoenix Rising FC that saw him complete 27 of 32 passes and notch eight chances created.

M – Ryan Spaulding, Tampa Bay Rowdies: Spaulding was effective on the left flank for the Rowdies, recording one assist and three chances created in the side’s 2-0 victory against Phoenix Rising FC while also winning 8 of 9 duels and completing 19 of 24 passes.

F – Albert Dikwa, Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC: The Cameroonian forward scored a pair of goals, although was denied on a penalty kick, to move into a tie for the league-lead with seven on the season as the Hounds played to a 2-2 draw against Monterey Bay F.C. on Friday night.

F – Samuel Adeniran, San Antonio FC: The Texan standout notched his first goal for SAFC since he returned to the club to open the scoring in San Antonio’s 2-1 win at Las Vegas Lights FC and recorded five shots and two chances created overall at Cashman Field.

F – JJ Williams, Tampa Bay Rowdies: Williams scored the opening goal for the Rowdies against his former club – his first in Tampa Bay’s colors – and put three of his six shots on target while winning 5 of 6 aerial duels in the Rowdies’ 2-0 win against Phoenix Rising FC.

Bench: Bill Hamid (MEM), Harry Swartz (NM), AJ Paterson (CHS), Taylor Davila (RGV), Enzo Martinez (BHM), Laurent Kissiedou (MEM), Christian Volesky (MB)

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