TAMPA, Fla. – The USL Championship announced the Team of the Week for Week 20 of the 2023 regular season on Tuesday, with Miami FC forward Ryan Telfer voted the Championship Player of the Week presented by Konami eFootball after scoring the decisive goal and producing a strong all-around display in his side’s 1-0 victory against San Antonio FC at Toyota Field on Saturday night.
Coming off appearing for Trinidad and Tobago at the 2023 Concacaf Gold Cup, Telfer provided an opportunistic finish in the seventh minute to put the visitors ahead. After Miami was reduced to 10 players three minutes later, Telfer then put in a strong shift alongside his teammates defensively, winning 8 of 12 duels and 8 of 12 aerial duels and winning four fouls as Miami not only claimed victory on the road for the first time in the league this season, but also ended San Antonio’s 24-game home regular season undefeated streak.
Telfer earned 36 percent of the ballot to claim the award. Birmingham Legion FC’s Matthew Corcoran finished second on 29 percent after the 17-year-old recorded both assists as Legion FC rallied to take a 2-1 victory on the road against Louisville City FC on Saturday night.
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 – Joe Rice, Hartford Athletic: Rice recorded a seven-save shutout to help Hartford to its first victory since May 20 in a 2-0 win against Las Vegas Lights FC on Saturday night at Cashman Field.
D – Juan Sebastian Palma, Charleston Battery: The Colombian center back scored his first goal for the Battery in their 3-1 victory against Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC and also won 2 of 2 duels and made two interceptions, three clearances and nine recoveries defensively.
D – Adam Armour, FC Tulsa: Armour recorded one assist and completed 2 of 3 crosses while defensively making nine recoveries and three interceptions and winning eight duels overall in Tulsa’s victory against Rio Grande Valley FC.
D – Aedan Stanley, Miami FC: Stanley was solid defensively in Miami’s shorthanded back line, making seven recoveries and three clearances while winning 5 of 8 duels, and he completed 40 of 52 passes, including 11 of 19 long passes, in his side’s win at San Antonio.
M – Matthew Corcoran, Birmingham Legion FC: The 17-year-old recorded both assists as Legion FC rallied to take a 2-1 victory against Louisville City FC, had three chances created overall, and completed 37 of 49 passes while winning 3 of 5 tackles and 6 of 8 duels.
M – Fidel Barajas, Charleston Battery: The 17-year-old recorded two assists in the Battery’s 3-1 victory against Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC, had four chances created overall and defensively won 2 of 2 tackles and made eight recoveries.
M – Amando Moreno, New Mexico United: The El Salvador international recorded a goal and assist in New Mexico’s 3-0 victory against Sacramento Republic FC and had three shots on target overall while completing 3 of 3 dribbles at Isotopes Park.
M – Brett Levis, Detroit City FC: The Canadian veteran played an integral role in two shutout victories for Le Rouge, recording five chances created and winning 21 of 34 duels, 5 of 7 tackles and making 10 clearances and 13 recoveries across 180 minutes.
F – Phillip Goodrum, FC Tulsa: Goodrum scored once and put all four of his shots on target while completing 34 of 44 passes and winning 2 of 2 tackles and 6 of 9 aerial duels defensively in Tulsa’s 2-1 victory against Rio Grande Valley FC.
F – Ryan Telfer, Miami FC: The Trinidad and Tobago international scored the only goal of the game as Miami handed San Antonio FC its first home defeat in 15 months, had three shots overall and put in a strong shift defensively, winning 8 of 12 duels and 8 of 12 aerial duels at Toyota Field.
F – Augustine Williams, Charleston Battery: Williams scored his ninth goal of the season and linked play well, completing 13 of 15 passes while also winning 2 of 3 duels in Charleston’s 3-1 victory against Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC.
Bench: Nathan Steinwascher (DET), Alex Crognale (BHM), Nicky Hernandez (NM), Maxi Rodriguez (DET), Sergio Rivas (NM), Lindo Mfeka (OAK), Marc McNulty (OC)
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