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USL Championship Team of the Week – Week 13

By Staff, 06/06/23, 2:30PM EDT


San Diego Loyal SC’s Ronaldo Damus earns Player of the Week after two-goal performance in San Antonio comeback

TAMPA, Fla. – The USL Championship announced the Team of the Week for Week 13 of the 2023 regular season on Tuesday, with San Diego Loyal SC forward Ronaldo Damus voted the Championship Player of the Week presented by Konami eFootball after scoring a pair of goals after coming on as a halftime substitute in SD Loyal’s comeback to earn a 3-3 draw against San Antonio FC at Toyota Field on Saturday night.

An early-season arrival at SD Loyal this season, the Haitian international was introduced to start the second half with his side facing a three-goal deficit in Texas while up a player after a first-half red card for the hosts as they attempted to rally. Damus saw little of the ball overall – only recording 13 touches – but made the most of them as he provided the breakthrough for the visitors with 15 minutes to go on a precise long-range shot from the top of the arc of the penalty area. He then capped the comeback in the fifth minute of second-half stoppage time with a flicked header off a corner to grab his side a point on the road.

Damus earned 67 percent of the ballot to claim the award. Orange County SC’s Milan Iloski finished second on 17 percent as he recorded an early goal and assist in his side’s 2-0 victory at home to Rio Grande Valley FC on Saturday night at Championship Soccer 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 – Michael Nelson, FC Tulsa: Nelson posted an impressive five-save shutout on the road to earn Tulsa a point in a 0-0 draw against Monterey Bay F.C. last Wednesday night.

D – Amadou Dia, Louisville City FC: Dia put in a strong defensive display as LouCity played to a 0-0 draw against Hartford Athletic on Saturday, winning 8 of 9 tackles and 11 of 15 duels while recording two chances created in the attacking third.

D – Arturo Ordonez, Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC: The Spanish center back scored for a third consecutive outing, providing the game-winner in the Hounds’ 1-0 win against Phoenix Rising FC, while also completing 25 of 30 passes, winning 3 of 3 aerial duels, and making a key goal line clearance.

D – Eder Borelli, El Paso Locomotive FC: The Mexican full back provided the assist on Locomotive FC’s game-winner at New Mexico United and recorded four chances created overall while winning 3 of 4 duels and 2 of 2 aerial duels.

M – Jeremy Kelly, Memphis 901 FC: Kelly scored the fastest goal in the Championship so far this season after 58 seconds against Miami FC to set 901 FC on its way to a 5-1 win while also completing 69 of 75 passes and winning 3 of 4 tackles and 6 of 8 duels.

M – Aodhan Quinn, Indy Eleven: Quinn converted a pair of penalty kicks to lead Indy to a 4-0 victory against the Charleston Battery while completing 74 of 81 passes and recording two chances created at Patriots Point.

M – Aaron Molloy, Memphis 901 FC: Molloy recorded a goal and assist while posting two shots and two chances created and completed 92 of 101 passes while winning 2 of 3 tackles and recording seven recoveries defensively.

M – Denys Kostyshyn, El Paso Locomotive FC: The Ukrainian playmaker scored the decisive goal in El Paso’s victory against New Mexico United in the Derby del Camino Real, completed 32 of 39 passes and recorded three chances created in a positive all-around game.

F – Sam Gleadle, Monterey Bay F.C.: Gleadle notched a goal and assist to lead Monterey Bay to a 4-1 win against Loudoun United FC on Saturday night and completed 20 of 26 passes while recording four shots and three chances created.

F – Milan Iloski, Orange County SC: The reigning Golden Boot winner scored the opening goal and recorded an assist in OCSC’s 2-0 win against Rio Grande Valley FC, had three shots and completed 2 of 2 dribbles while defensively he won 3 of 4 duels.

F – Ronaldo Damus, San Diego Loyal SC: The Haiti international scored twice after coming on as a halftime substitute on two shots on target to help SD Loyal rally for a 3-3 draw against San Antonio FC at Toyota Field.

Bench: Oliver Semmle (LOU), Dillon Powers (OC), Sean Totsch (LOU), James Murphy (MB), Rida Zouhir (SA), Johnny Rodriguez (OAK), Christian Volesky (MB)

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