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USL Championship Team of the Week – Week 17

By Staff, 07/02/24, 2:30PM EDT


Charleston Battery’s MD Myers earns Player of the Week after recording hat trick in Southern Derby

TAMPA, Fla. – The USL Championship announced the Team of the Week for Week 17 of the 2024 regular season on Tuesday, with Charleston Battery forward MD Myers voted the Championship Player of the Week presented by Konami eFootball after he recorded his second hat trick across all competitions this season in the Battery’s 5-2 victory against Southern Derby rival North Carolina FC.

An offseason acquisition from New York City FC II, the 23-year-old helped lead the Battery out of a four-game goalless drought as it racked up all five goals in the second half at Patriots Point. With his side trailing by a pair of goals at halftime, he began the comeback in the 58th minute with a sharp finish inside the penalty area, and then provided the go-ahead goal in the second minute of stoppage time with a calm lifted finish after a good through-ball by Arturo Rodriguez.

Myers then set up Jackson Conway for the Battery’s fourth before he was brought down in the box soon after, giving him the chance to complete his hat trick from the penalty spot. The contest marked the first time the Battery had recorded five goals in the second half of a contest in the USL Championship era and added to Myers’ hat trick against South Georgia Tormenta FC in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup in May.

“Scored five goals so, back to winning ways, it feels great,” said Myers after the contest. “We have had a lot of unlucky breaks the last couple of games, and we keep working every day in practice. We had a really good week and we trusted it was going to come.”

Myers earned 55 percent of the ballot to claim the award. Loudoun United FC goalkeeper Hugo Fauroux finished second on 27 percent after recording a seven-save shutout in his side’s 2-0 victory against the Tampa Bay Rowdies that saw the French shot-stopper register a -1.96 Goals Prevented mark.

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.

USL Championship Team of the Week – Week 17
GK – Hugo Fauroux, Loudoun United FC:
The French shot-stopper recorded a seven-save shutout as Loudoun earned a 2-0 victory against the Tampa Bay Rowdies, recording a -1.94 Goals Prevented mark at Segra Field.

D – Akeem Ward, Memphis 901 FC: The 28-year-old recorded a pair of assists in 901 FC’s 5-1 victory against Phoenix Rising FC on Friday night and completed 28 of 33 passes overall while winning 4 of 4 tackles and 6 of 6 ground duels defensively.

D – Michael Bryant, Detroit City FC: Returning to the starting lineup, Bryant found the net in Le Rouge’s 4-0 win against Miami FC and completed 65 of 68 passes and won 3 of 4 duels while recording two interceptions and one clearance defensively.

D – Carson Vom Steeg, Memphis 901 FC: The right back recorded one goal and one assist in Memphis’ 5-1 victory against Phoenix Rising FC and recorded four clearances, three interceptions and two recoveries defensively.

M – Jojea Kwizera, Rhode Island FC: The Rwandan international recorded a goal and assist in Rhode Island’s 3-0 victory against El Paso Locomotive FC and had three chances created and two shots while also winning 3 of 3 tackles in RIFC’s first home win in club history.

M – JC Ngando, Las Vegas Lights FC: The 24-year-old had a strong all-around game in the Lights’ 2-0 win against Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC, recording one assist and two chances created while completing 54 of 61 passes and winning 3 of 3 tackles and 9 of 11 duels defensively.

M – Zac Duncan, Memphis 901 FC: The Australian scored an impressive opening goal and completed 39 of 42 passes while making eight recoveries and one interception and winning 3 of 5 duels in his side’s victory against Phoenix Rising FC.

M – Abdellatif Aboukoura, Loudoun United FC: The 19-year-old found the net for a second consecutive outing and recorded four shots and two chances created overall while making seven recoveries in Loudoun’s 2-0 victory against the Tampa Bay Rowdies.

F – Khori Bennett, Las Vegas Lights FC: The 26-year-old rounded out a stellar month with both goals as the Lights took a 2-0 victory against Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC while recording four shots overall and one chance created.

F – MD Myers, Charleston Battery: The 23-year-old recorded a hat trick and had an assist as the Battery rallied for a 5-2 victory against Southern Derby rival North Carolina FC on Friday night.

F – Wilson Harris, Louisville City FC: The 24-year-old recorded one goal and one assist to lead Louisville City FC to a 4-1 victory against Birmingham Legion FC at Protective Stadium while recording four shots and two chances created and completing 15 of 17 passes overall.

Coach – Ryan Martin, Loudoun United FC: Martin’s side earned its most impressive win of the season so far with a 2-0 victory at home to the Tampa Bay Rowdies as it posted a season-high 2.57 Expected Goals and recorded 21 shots.

Bench – Raiko Arozarena (LV), Camden Riley (OAK), Abdi Mohamed (NM), Maxi Rodriguez (DET), Ryan Williams (DET), Juan Agudelo (SA), Nick Markanich (CHS)

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