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USL Championship Team of the Week – Week 19

By Staff, 07/18/23, 2:30PM EDT


FC Tulsa’s Phillip Goodrum claims Player of the Week after two goals, one assist across two victories

TAMPA, Fla. – The USL Championship announced the Team of the Week for Week 19 of the 2023 regular season on Tuesday, with FC Tulsa forward Phillip Goodrum voted the Championship Player of the Week presented by Konami eFootball after recording two goals and one assist across a pair of victories that vaulted his side into seventh place in the Eastern Conference standings.

The award is Goodrum’s second in the past three weeks, having claimed Player of the Week honors in Week 17 of the campaign. A midseason arrival in Tulsa, the 26-year-old provided the assist on fellow Team of the Week selection Marcus Epps’ game-winning goal against Miami FC last Wednesday night. He then produced another stellar display against Hartford Athletic on Saturday night, scoring twice including the game-winner in a 3-2 victory at ONEOK Field in the fifth minute of second-half stoppage time. Goodrum has now recorded six goals and two assists in 10 appearances for Tulsa to help drive the side into playoff contention.

Goodrum earned 55 percent of the ballot to claim the award. San Antonio FC’s Rida Zouhir finished second on 36 percent after scoring a pair of long-range strikes in his side’s comeback 2-1 victory against El Paso Locomotive FC last Wednesday night at Southwest University Park.

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 seven saves across two games, including a penalty save against Miami FC on Saturday night, and conceded only twice on a 4.02xGA mark to help the Battery earn draws on the road at Indy Eleven and Miami FC.

D – Michael DeShields, Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC: DeShields provided the assist on the Hounds’ opening goal against Detroit City FC on Saturday night and across two victories for the side recorded 10 clearances and nine recoveries while winning 10 of 16 duels.

D – Fabien Garcia, San Antonio FC: Garcia won 5 of 5 duels and 3 of 4 tackles while making five clearances and three interceptions and blocking two shots in San Antonio’s 2-1 victory against El Paso Locomotive FC on Wednesday night.

D – Danny Barbir, Oakland Roots SC: Barbir recorded an assist in Oakland’s 1-1 draw against Memphis 901 FC on Wednesday night and across two appearances won 5 of 6 tackles and 9 of 13 duels while making 10 recoveries in a four-point week for the side.

M – Adrien Perez, San Diego Loyal SC: Perez scored the opening goal after 35 seconds, notched two assists and had five shots overall in leading SD Loyal to a 5-0 victory against Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC on Friday night.

M – Rida Zouhir, San Antonio FC: The 19-year-old recorded a pair of long-range finishes to rally San Antonio to a 2-1 victory against Copa Tejas rival El Paso Locomotive FC while completing 3 of 4 dribbles and notching three chances created and four shots overall.

M – Blake Bodily, San Diego Loyal SC: Bodily scored a pair of goals in SD Loyal’s 5-0 victory against Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC and completed 16 of 20 passes overall while winning 2 of 3 duels defensively on Friday night.

M – Jeciel Cedeno, Oakland Roots SC: The recent acquisition scored his first goal for Roots SC in its 1-1 draw with Memphis 901 FC on Wednesday night and then notched an assist in the side’s 3-1 win at Monterey Bay F.C. and finished the week with six shots and three chances created while completing 42 of 54 passes.

F – Phillip Goodrum, FC Tulsa: Goodrum provided the assist on Marcus Epps’ game-winner on Wednesday night against Miami FC, then scored twice – including a game-winner in the fifth minute of stoppage time – in his side’s 3-2 win against Hartford Athletic on Saturday night.

F – Johnny Rodriguez, Oakland Roots SC: Rodriguez scored twice in Oakland’s 3-1 victory against NorCal rival Monterey Bay F.C. on Saturday night and across two games notched three chances created and completed 32 of 42 passes as Roots SC returned to the playoff positions in the Western Conference.

F – Marcus Epps, FC Tulsa: Epps scored in both of Tulsa’s victories in the week, providing the game-winner against Miami FC while also finding the net against Hartford Athletic, and completed 43 of 60 passes and 3 of 7 dribbles across the week.

Bench: Colin Shutler (OC), Erik McCue (ELP), Burke Fahling (PIT), Shannon Gomez (SA), Enzo Martinez (BHM), Albert Dikwa (PIT), Dario Suarez (DET)

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