TAMPA, Fla. – North Carolina FC forward Donovan Ewolo has been voted the USL Player of the Week for Week 28 of the 2018 season. Ewolo recorded the second four-goal game of the 2018 USL regular season that included a hat trick in the first 33 minutes of NCFC’s 6-1 victory on Friday night against ATL UTD 2, boosting the side’s hopes of reaching the 2018 USL Cup Playoffs.
Ewolo received 42 percent of the poll conducted by a national panel of independent media representing every USL market, narrowly edging the LA Galaxy II’s Efrain Alvarez into second place on 37 percent.
GK – Tomas Gomez, Saint Louis FC: Gomez recorded a five-save shutout as STLFC took a big step toward the playoff positions with a 2-0 victory against San Antonio FC on Saturday night at Toyota Stadium – Saint Louis.
D – Hunter Gorskie, Tampa Bay Rowdies: Gorskie scored the opening goal in the Rowdies’ victory against Richmond, and recorded 12 possession recoveries and seven clearances over Tampa Bay’s two wins on the week.
D – Joe Farrell, Phoenix Rising FC: Farrell scored the opening goal, recorded a team-high 13 clearances and won four of six duels as Phoenix took a 2-1 victory against Colorado Springs Switchbacks on Saturday night.
D – Oscar Jimenez, Louisville City FC: Jimenez recorded a pair of assists and completed 42 of 48 passes as Louisville took a 4-0 victory against Ottawa Fury FC on Saturday night at Slugger Field.
M – Aodhan Quinn, Orange County SC: Quinn had a pair of goals as Orange County swept to a 5-2 victory against Real Monarchs SLC on Wednesday night to remain on top of the Western Conference standings.
M – Hayden Partain, Sacramento Republic FC: Partain scored twice, including the game-winning goal, as Republic FC took a 4-1 victory on Wednesday night against Tulsa Roughnecks FC.
M – Tah Anunga, Charleston Battery: Anunga scored the equalizer, and recorded eight interceptions and 19 possession recoveries as the Battery earned a 1-1 draw on the road against Nashville Sc on Saturday night.
M – Raul Mendiola, Las Vegas Lights FC: Mendiola scored a pair of goals, including a 90th-minute equalizer, as Lights FC earned a 3-3 draw with Reno 1868 FC on Saturday night.
F – Donovan Ewolo, North Carolina FC: Ewolo recorded the second four-goal game of the season – including a hat trick in the opening 35 minutes – as North Carolina took a 6-1 win against ATL UTD 2.
F – Hadji Barry, Swope Park Rangers: Barry scored in both of the Rangers’ contests, including their key midweek win against San Antonio FC, to set a new USL modern-era record with eight consecutive games with a goal.
F – Efrain Alvarez, LA Galaxy II: Alvarez scored a hat trick as the Galaxy II romped to a 6-1 victory against Real Monarchs SLC on Saturday night, the 16-year-old’s second three-goal outing of the season.
Bench: Daniel Vega (TBR), Ben Zemanski (PGH), Todd Wharton (RGV), Cameron Lancaster (LOU), Albert Dikwa (STL), Cameron Iwasa (SAC), Brian Brown (RNO)
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