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USL Championship Team of the Week – Week 12

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


Charleston Battery’s Trey Muse earns Player of the Week after 10-save shutout at Rio Grande Valley FC

TAMPA, Fla. – The USL Championship announced the Team of the Week for Week 12 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 recording a 10-save shutout in the Battery’s 2-0 victory against Rio Grande Valley FC on Saturday night at H-E-B Park.

Muse helped keep the Battery in the game early against the Toros, recording four saves as the hosts took the first seven shots of the game before a lightning delay offered a respite for Charleston. The 23-year-old former United States youth international continued to shine after the resumption, with his 10 saves the most in a single game by a goalkeeper in the Championship so far this season. The shutout was also the first since the 2019 Championship regular season to feature double-digit saves, and tied for the most by a Battery goalkeeper in the Championship era alongside Hugo Fauroux’s 10-save display against the LA Galaxy II a season ago.

Muse earned 53 percent of the ballot to claim the award. Detroit City FC’s Maxi Rodriguez finished second on 27 percent after scoring the decisive goal as part of a strong all-around display to lead Le Rouge to a 1-0 victory against Birmingham Legion FC at Keyworth Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

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: Muse recorded a 10-save shutout to help the Battery earn a 2-0 victory against Rio Grande Valley FC on Saturday night at H-E-B Park, the most saves in a game so far this season in the Championship and the first shutout with double-digit saves in the league since 2019.

D – Arturo Ordonez, Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC: The Spanish center back scored the decisive goal in the Hounds’ 1-0 win at Loudoun United FC and had a stellar defensive outing, winning 3 of 3 tackles, 4 of 5 duels and 3 of 3 aerial duels while making six clearances.

D – Lamar Batista, San Antonio FC: Batista put in a stellar defensive display in San Antonio’s victory against New Mexico United, recording five interceptions, three clearances and 13 recoveries while winning 2 of 3 tackles and 4 of 6 aerial duels.

D – Derek Dodson, Charleston Battery: Dodson was active on the right side for the Battery in their 2-0 win at Rio Grande Valley FC, winning 10 of 12 duels and making two interceptions and nine recoveries as the visitors earned a shutout.

D – Fabien Garcia, San Antonio FC: The French center back scored the decisive goal in SAFC’s 2-1 win against New Mexico and was also solid defensively, winning 3 of 4 duels and making three interceptions and three clearances

M – Maxi Rodriguez, Detroit City FC: Rodriguez put in a stellar all-around display, scoring the only goal in DCFC’s 1-0 win against Birmingham Legion FC and hitting the woodwork with another effort while winning 6 of 6 tackles and 11 duels and making 10 recoveries defensively.

M – Jack Gurr, Sacramento Republic FC: Gurr was active throughout Republic FC’s 4-1 victory at Hartford Athletic, bagging the third goal of the night while completing 32 of 37 passes overall, winning a penalty kick and winning 2 of 2 tackles defensively.

M – Memo Diaz, Oakland Roots SC: Diaz provided the assist on Oakland’s early goal by Johnny Rodriguez with a fine angled pass and was solid overall, winning 2 of 3 tackles and making seven clearances and eight recoveries defensively.

F – Augustine Williams, Charleston Battery: The Sierra Leone international scored both goals to lead the Battery’s attack in its victory at Rio Grande Valley FC, recording four shots overall and completing 16 of 22 passes for the visitors.

F – Sebastian Herrera, Sacramento Republic FC: The Colombian had a goal and assist as Sacramento cruised to a 4-1 victory against Hartford Athletic on Friday night and had two shots and two chances created in the contest while completing 14 of 19 passes overall.

F – Phillip Goodrum, FC Tulsa: Goodrum had an impressive debut for new club FC Tulsa, scoring the game-winning goal with a minute to go in a 2-1 win at Louisville City FC on Wednesday night while also hitting the woodwork once and winning 8 of 12 duels and completing 10 of 16 passes.

Bench: Paul Blanchette (OAK), Eric Bird (TUL), Lucas Stauffer (LV), Ryan Spaulding (TBR), Juan David Cabezas (RGV), Russell Cicerone (SAC), JJ Williams (TBR)

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