Indy Eleven's Solomon Asante became the first player in USL Championship history to record a three-assist game on three occasions last Wednesday night, which took him to another pair of career milestones. | Photo courtesy Trevor Ruszkowski / Indy Eleven
Last Wednesday night proved a perfect confluence of events for Solomon Asante.
For one night, the lone player to win consecutive USL Championship Most Valuable Player awards stood alone in two different categories in the league’s regular season history.
Three nights later, teammate Aodhan Quinn joined him in reaching one of those same landmarks, capping what could prove to be a crucial week for the Boys in Blue as they pursue a return to the USL Championship Playoffs.
We’ve got details on all of that, plus how Phoenix Rising FC’s Danny Trejo achieved a first in league history on Saturday night, and a look at the Charleston Battery’s impressive road form this campaign.
On top of that, we’ve got our regular look at upcoming league milestones for individual players and the Week 24 Discipline Report.
Let’s dig in.
INDY’S SOLOMON ASANTE RECORDS LANDMARK NIGHT
Indy Eleven’s Solomon Asante recorded two league firsts, and impressive milestones, in his USL Championship career last Wednesday night as he recorded a three-assist game in Indy’s 4-0 victory against Birmingham Legion FC.
- Asante’s three-assist game was his third in the USL Championship’s regular season. He became the first player in league history to record a trio of three-assist games, with only Emmanuel Ledesma and Jose Barril the others to have achieved the feat twice.
- Asante became the third player to surpass 50 regular-season assists in the league’s history and moved into second place all-time entering Week 24 of the campaign with 52 helpers overall.
- Asante became the first player in the Championship’s history to record 50 goals and 50 assists in the Championship’s regular season history. He is now tied for fourth in the Championship in combined goals and assists with 103 in his career (51 goals, 52 assists).
INDY’S AODHAN QUINN REACHES 50-50 MILESTONE
Not to be outdone, Indy Eleven’s Aodhan Quinn became the fourth player to reach 50 regular season assists in the USL Championship’s history on Saturday night as he provided the helper on Adrian Diz Pe’s game-winner against Miami FC.
In turn, Quinn joined teammate Solomon Asante in becoming the second player to record 50 regular season goals and 50 regular season assists in the USL Championship. The league’s all-time leader in minutes has recorded 53 goals and 50 assists, placing him alongside Asante, Corey Hertzog and Hadji Barry in a tie for fourth in combined goals and assists in league history.
Most Combined Regular Season Goals & Assists in USL Championship
1. Dane Kelly – 132 (106 goals & 26 assists)
2. Enzo Martinez – 110 (67 goals & 43 assists)
3. Jorge Herrera – 107 (72 goals & 35 assists)
T-4. Hadji Barry – 103 (79 goals & 24 assists)
T-4. Corey Hertzog – 103 (74 goals & 29 assists)
T-4. Aodhan Quinn – 103 (53 goals & 50 assists)
T-4. Solomon Asante – 103 (51 goals & 52 assists)
PHOENIX RISING FC’S DANNY TREJO NOTCHES HISTORIC NIGHT
Phoenix Rising FC’s Danny Trejo became the first player in the USL Championship’s regular season to record two goals and two assists in a single game on multiple occasions on Saturday night in Rising FC’s 5-0 victory against El Paso Locomotive FC. The 25-year-old had previously accomplished the feat last season for Las Vegas Lights FC in a 5-4 victory against El Paso Locomotive FC.
Trejo’s performance marked only the 16th time since the start of the 2014 regular season that a player had recorded at least two goals and two assists in a single game. It was the second instance this season following Tani Oluwaseyi, who recorded three goals and two assists in his side’s 7-0 victory against the Charleston Battery on May 13.
Individual Two-Goal, Two-Assist Games in the USL Championship (2014-Present)
Danny Trejo (PHX) – 2 goals, 2 assists vs. El Paso Locomotive FC, 8/12/23
Tani Oluwaseyi (SA) – 3 goals, 2 assists vs. Charleston Battery, 5/13/23
Milan Iloski (OC) – 2 goals, 2 assists vs. LA Galaxy II, 7/23/22
Brian Ownby (LOU) – 2 goals, 2 assists vs. New York Red Bulls II, 7/9/22
Danny Trejo (LV) – 2 goals, 2 assists vs. El Paso Locomotive FC, 3/23/22
Sebastian Guenzatti (TBR) – 2 goals, 2 assists vs. New York Red Bulls II, 9/11/21
Yann Ekra (TBR) – 2 goals, 2 assists vs. New York Red Bulls II, 9/11/21
Danny Barrera (HFD) – 2 goals, 3 assists vs. New York Red Bulls II, 6/5/21
Cristian Parano (SA) – 2 goals, 2 assists vs. New Mexico United, 8/24/19
Mour Samb (OTT) – 2 goals, 2 assists vs. Charlotte Independence, 6/1/19
Kharlton Belmar (SPR) – 2 goals, 2 assists vs. Reno 1868 FC, 3/16/18
Chris Wehan (RNO) – 2 goals, 2 assists vs. LA Galaxy II, 7/3/17
Magnus Rasmussen (LOU) – 2 goals, 2 assists vs. OKC Energy FC, 6/27/15
Rob Vincent (PIT) – 2 goals, 2 assists vs. Harrisburg City Islanders, 3/27/15
Kevin Molino (ORL) – 3 goals, 2 assists vs. Dayton Dutch Lions FC, 8/31/14
CHARLESTON BATTERY IMPRESS WITH ROAD FORM
The Charleston Battery took a win and a draw on the road against Louisville City FC and Detroit City FC in Week 23 of the regular season, moving the side to seven road wins and a league-high 25 road points (7-2-4) this campaign. Charleston has four away games remaining this season, which will offer the side a chance to reach the top five in league history for road points in a regular season campaign.
The current record – which is already beyond reach for the Battery – was set by the Championship-title winning New York Red Bulls II side in 2016 when it earned 41 road points with a 13-1-2 record on the road.
Most Road Points in a USL Championship Regular Season Campaign
1. New York Red Bulls II (2016) – 41
2. San Antonio FC (2022) – 39
3. FC Cincinnati (2018) – 38
4. Phoenix Rising FC (2019) – 36
5. Louisville City FC (2016) 35
- The Charleston Battery’s next victory will be the 50 regular-season win in Head Coach Ben Pirmann’s career in the USL Championship. Pirmann currently has 49 wins in 94 regular season games across his time at Memphis 901 FC and the Battery.
- Louisville City FC’s Cameron Lancaster moved into a tie for second in all-time regular season goals in the USL Championship with his goal against the Charleston Battery last Wednesday night. Lancaster’s 79 goals are level with 2021 Championship MVP Hadji Barry.
- Hartford Athletic’s Antoine Hoppenot moved into a tie for 15th in regular season games on Saturday night against Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC, moving level with Corey Hertzog on 221 appearances.
- Indy Eleven’s Sebastian Guenzatti moved into sole possession of ninth place in the Championship’s regular season goals list with his two-goal performance against Birmingham Legion FC. Guenzatti now has 65 regular season goals in his career.
- The Charleston Battery’s Augustine Williams moved into a tie for 10th place in the Championship’s regular season goals list with his game-winning goal against Detroit City FC on Saturday night. Williams has 63 regular season goals in his career.
- Sacramento Republic FC’s Da’vian Kimbrough became the youngest player to sign a professional contract in the USL Championship’s history aged 13 years, 5 months and 13 days. To become the youngest player to appear in a USL Championship game, he would need to make his debut this season to surpass the current mark of Real Monarchs SLC’s Axel Kei, who was 13 years, 9 months, 9 days old when he made his league debut as a USL Academy signing against Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC on October 8, 2021.
Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC's Danny Griffin could make his 100th regular season appearance in the USL Championship on Wednesday night against Orange County SC. | Photo courtesy Chris Cowger / Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC
Approaching 250 regular-season appearances
Paolo DelPiccolo (LOU) – 247
Aodhan Quinn (IND) – 247
Approaching 200 regular-season appearances
Kyle Murphy (MIA) – 198
Tarek Morad (OAK) – 197
Mitchell Taintor (SA) – 197
Approaching 150 regular-season appearances
Mechack Jerome (IND) – 149
Chris Wehan (NM) – 148
Mark Segbers (MIA) – 147
Jose Hernandez (PHX) – 147
Approaching 100 regular-season appearances
Andrew Fox (OC) – 99
Danny Griffin (PIT) – 99
Yuma (ELP) – 99
Eric Calvillo (ELP) – 98
Jared Timmer (SAC) – 97
Florian Valot (MIA) – 97
Amando Moreno (NM) – 97
Christian Sorto (MIA) – 97
Approaching 15,000 regular season minutes
Brian Ownby (LOU) – 14,974
Joe Farrell (PIT) – 14,866
Approaching 10,000 regular season minutes
Connor Sparrow (TBR) – 9,949
Will Seymore (NM) – 9,907
Tyler Pasher (BHM) – 9,875
Leland Archer (CHS) – 9,821
Adrian Diz Pe (IND) – 9,808
Approaching 75 regular season goals
Neco Brett (BHM) – 74
Approaching 50 regular season goals
Romario Williams (COS) – 49
Lucky Mkosana (TBR) – 48
Approaching 30 regular season assists
Niall McCabe (LOU) – 27
Charlie Adams (SD) – 27
Rodrigo Da Costa (MEM) – 27
Approaching 250 regular season saves
Paul Blanchette (OAK) – 246
Approaching 200 regular season saves
Danny Vitiello (SAC) – 195
Jake McGuire (MIA) – 188
Kyle Morton (LOU) – 187
Approaching 30 regular-season shutouts
Joe Kuzminsky (COS) – 29
Danny Vitiello (SAC) – 29
Jordan Farr (SA) – 28
TAMPA, Fla. – The following is the USL Championship’s discipline report for Week 24 of the 2023 USL Championship season:
Rio Grande Valley FC’s Wahab Ackwei has been suspended for one game following his red card for violent conduct against Louisville City FC on August 12. Ackwei will be unavailable for selection in Rio Grande Valley’s contest against San Antonio FC on Wednesday night.
New Mexico United Head Coach Eric Quill has been suspended for one game following his red card for two cautions against San Antonio FC on August 12. Quill will serve his suspension during New Mexico’s contest against San Diego Loyal SC on Saturday night.
Monterey Bay F.C.’s James Murphy has been suspended for one game for caution accumulation following his eighth yellow card of the season against the Tampa Bay Rowdies on August 12. Murphy will be unavailable for selection in Monterey Bay’s contest against San Antonio FC on Saturday night.
Memphis 901 FC’s Graham Smith has been suspended for one game for caution accumulation following his eighth yellow card of the season against San Diego Loyal SC on August 12. Smith will be unavailable for selection in Memphis’ contest against Indy Eleven on Wednesday, August 23.
Indy Eleven’s Callum Chapman-Page is no longer on caution accumulation warning having had one caution removed under the USL’s Good Behavior incentive to place him on six cautions for the season.
The following players enter the upcoming matches one caution away from a one-game yellow card accumulation suspension for their eighth yellow card of the season. Here is the breakdown per club:
Birmingham Legion FC (2) – Anderson Asiedu, Alex Crognale
El Paso Locomotive FC (2) – Eder Borelli, Eric Calvillo
Indy Eleven (1) – Younes Boudadi
Las Vegas Lights FC (2) – Andres Jimenez, Isidro Sanchez
Orange County SC (1) – Milan Iloski
Rio Grande Valley FC (1) – Taylor Davila
San Antonio FC (1) – Mitchell Taintor
San Diego Loyal SC (1) – Collin Martin
FC Tulsa (1) – Milo Yosef
The following players enter the upcoming matches one caution away from a two-game yellow card accumulation suspension for their 11th yellow card of the season. Here is the breakdown per club:
Loudoun United FC (1): Houssou Landry
Sacramento Republic FC (1): Arnold Lopez
San Antonio FC (1): Lamar Batista
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