TAMPA, Fla. – The USL Championship announced the Team of the Week for Week 11 of the 2023 regular season on Tuesday, with Detroit City FC’s Nathan Steinwascher voted the Championship Player of the Week presented by Konami eFootball after recording a three-save shutout and posting the first assist of his career – and the second by a goalkeeper in the USL Championship this season – in Le Rouge’s 1-0 victory against San Antonio FC at Keyworth Stadium on Saturday night.
The local standout provided an early contribution to his side’s victory as Steinwascher’s long pass upfield bounded through to teammate Skage Simonsen, who produced a spectacular finish in the fifth minute to put the hosts ahead. Steinwascher joined El Paso Locomotive FC goalkeeper Benny Diaz in recording an assist this season and became the 11th goalkeeper on record in the Championship’s regular season to record an assist and a shutout in the same game. From there, Steinwascher made the lead stand up with three saves, including a crucial late denial of SAFC’s Tani Oluwaseyi, while also claiming four crosses as the hosts held firm to a first home win of the league campaign.
Steinwascher earned 40 percent of the ballot to claim the award. Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC’s Edward Kizza finished second on 27 percent after recording the first two goals in the Hounds’ 4-1 victory against Las Vegas Lights FC on Saturday night at Highmark 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 – Nathan Steinwascher, Detroit City FC: The local standout recorded a three-save shutout and recorded the assist on Skage Simonsen’s goal – becoming the 11th goalkeeper on record in the Championship to record an assist and shutout in the same game – as Le Rouge defeated San Antonio FC.
D – Burke Fahling, Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC: Fahling recorded one assist and was solid defensively in the Hounds’ 4-1 win against Las Vegas Lights FC, winning 8 of 12 duels and recording seven recoveries and two clearances at Highmark Stadium.
D – Aaron Guillen, Tampa Bay Rowdies: The two-time All-League selection notched one assist and put in a solid all-around performance in Tampa Bay’s 3-0 win at Rio Grande Valley FC, completing 33 of 36 passes and making four interceptions defensively.
D – Devon Amoo-Mensah, Detroit City FC: Amoo-Mensah put in a sterling defensive display in Le Rouge’s victory against San Antonio FC, winning 5 of 6 tackles and 7 of 7 duels while making 10 recoveries, six clearances and three interceptions at Keyworth Stadium.
M – Charlie Dennis, Tampa Bay Rowdies: The English playmaker recorded two goals and had four shots and two chances created in leading his side to a 3-0 victory against Rio Grande Valley FC for its fourth consecutive win.
M – Aaron Molloy, Memphis 901 FC: The 2022 All-League selection scored the game-winning goal, hit the woodwork, and had five shots and five chances created overall while completing 63 of 73 passes in Memphis’ 2-1 victory against FC Tulsa on Friday night.
M – Arturo Rodriguez, Charleston Battery: The former League One MVP scored the only goal as the Battery took victory against Monterey Bay F.C. as part of a positive all-around display in which he completed 29 of 36 passes, won 2 of 3 tackles and made nine recoveries.
M – Jeremy Kelly, Memphis 901 FC: Kelly kept the midfield moving for 901 FC in its victory at FC Tulsa, completing 60 of 66 passes and completing 4 of 5 dribbles while winning 3 of 3 tackles and 8 of 12 duels while making 14 recoveries as Memphis ran its undefeated streak to seven games.
F – Edward Kizza, Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC: The Ugandan forward scored the opening two goals of the Hounds’ 4-1 victory against Las Vegas at Highmark Stadium and had four shots overall while also recording one key pass and winning 3 of 4 tackles and 9 of 15 duels.
F – Nighte Pickering, Memphis 901 FC: The 18-year-old U.S. youth international recorded a goal and assist to help lead 901 FC to a 2-1 victory at FC Tulsa. He also completed 2 of 3 dribbles and won 3 of 5 duels in a strong all-around display.
F – Keko, Sacramento Republic FC: The Spanish winger recorded a goal and assist to lead Republic FC to a 3-1 victory against rival Oakland Roots SC on Saturday night at Heart Health Park while also winning 3 of 3 tackles and 7 of 9 duels and completing 3 of 4 dribbles.
Bench: Connor Sparrow (TBR), Arturo Ordonez (PIT), Ryan Spaulding (TBR), Sergio Rivas (NM), Kenardo Forbes (PIT), Liam Rose (ELP), Chris Wehan (NM)
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