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USL Championship Team of the Week – Week 32

By Staff, 10/17/23, 2:30PM EDT


Tampa Bay Rowdies’ Cal Jennings claims third Player of the Week award after two goal, one assist outing vs. Louisville

TAMPA, Fla. – The USL Championship announced the Team of the Week for Week 32 of the 2023 regular season on Tuesday, with Tampa Bay Rowdies forward Cal Jennings voted the Championship Player of the Week presented by Konami eFootball after he recorded two goals and one assist in the Rowdies’ 3-2 victory against Louisville City FC to conclude the regular season at Lynn Family Stadium.

The award is Jennings’ third this season and adds to his Player of the Month award for September as the Rowdies newcomer achieved an individual single-season high with 19 goals overall in the campaign. Jennings helped Tampa Bay get out to a flying start in Louisville on Saturday as his interception in the attacking third redirected possession to forward partner JJ Williams, who struck home after just 27 seconds for the visitors. Jennings added a pair of goals two minutes apart later in the first half to end the season second in the league to Golden Boot winner Albert Dikwa of Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC.

Jennings earned 45 percent of the ballot to claim the award. New Mexico United’s Greg Hurst finished second on 36 percent after recording a pair of goals to help his side claim a place in the 2023 USL Championship Playoffs on Friday night in a 4-1 victory against Memphis 901 FC at Isotopes 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 – Benny Diaz, El Paso Locomotive FC: Díaz posted a five-save performance, including a key penalty kick save late in the first half, as Locomotive FC clinched its playoff place with a 2-1 win against Oakland Roots SC on Saturday night.

D – Adrián Diz Pe, Indy Eleven: The Cuban center back won 4 of 4 tackles and 5 of 7 duels, made 13 clearances and 14 recoveries, and scored once while completing 23 of 27 passes in Indy’s 3-3 draw on the road against San Antonio FC on Saturday night.

D – Duke Lacroix, Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC: The Haiti international recorded one assist and three big chances created in the Switchbacks’ 2-0 victory against Phoenix Rising FC while completing 41 of 46 passes overall, winning 4 of 6 duels, and making two interceptions and seven recoveries.

D – Devon Amoo-Mensah, Detroit City FC: Amoo-Mensah put in a strong shift defensively, winning 4 of 4 tackles, 6 of 9 duels and 7 of 8 aerial duels in his side’s scoreless draw with Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC while also making four interceptions and six recoveries.

M – Amando Moreno, New Mexico United: The El Salvador international recorded two assists as New Mexico clinched a playoff berth with a 4-1 victory against Memphis 901 FC on Friday night while also completing 14 of 20 passes and making six recoveries.

M – Adrien Perez, San Diego Loyal SC: Perez scored once and had four shots overall in SD Loyal’s 2-0 victory to close the regular season against Las Vegas Lights FC while completing 14 of 16 passes and winning 8 of 11 duels and 2 of 2 tackles defensively.

M – Cam Lindley, Indy Eleven: Lindley recorded a pair of assists as Indy took a 3-3 draw on the road against San Antonio FC and recorded three chances created overall while completing 24 of 31 passes and making five recoveries defensively.

M – Zico Bailey, New Mexico United: Bailey put home a fine goal to stake New Mexico to an early two-goal lead in its victory against Memphis 901 FC and completed 18 of 21 passes overall while winning 5 of 8 duels and making four interceptions defensively.

F – Cal Jennings, Tampa Bay Rowdies: Jennings recorded two goals and one assist to lead the Rowdies to a 3-2 victory against Louisville City FC on Saturday night and had four shots overall while winning 3 of 3 tackles and 6 of 9 duels.

F – Marcus Epps, FC Tulsa: Epps scored once and notched a pair of assists in FC Tulsa’s 5-2 victory against Hartford Athletic on Friday night while completing 18 of 25 passes overall and recording three shots and three chances created.

F – Greg Hurst, New Mexico United: The Scottish forward scored a pair of goals as New Mexico clinched a playoff berth with a 4-1 win against Memphis 901 FC on Friday night and had three shots overall while recording one chance created.

Bench: Christian Herrera (COS), Jonathan Ricketts (RGV), Derek Dodson (CHS), Alejandro Guido (SD), Nick Markanich (CHS), JJ Williams (TBR), Moses Dyer (TUL)

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