Scored twice as Lions defeated Impact Reserves
TAMPA, FL June 10, 2014 – USL PRO named its Team of the Week for Week 12 of the 2014 season on Tuesday as Orlando City midfielder Brian ‘Cobi’ Span was named Player of the Week after his pair of goals led the Lions to a 2-1 victory against the Montreal Impact Reserves on Saturday night at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.
With three players absent on international duty, including USL PRO leading scorer Kevin Molino, FC Dallas loanee Span stepped up to provide the scoring punch the Lions needed to remain undefeated. Span opened the scoring in the 12th minute as he tapped home from close range after an excellent cross by Luke Boden, and then added a second at the hour mark with an excellent solo effort that saw him pick up possession in midfield, run at the Impact defense and fire a low finish into the left corner of the net for what proved to be the winning goal.
Span was joined in the Team of the Week midfield by the LA Galaxy II’s Bradford Jamieson IV, who scored twice in Los Dos’ victory against the Dayton Dutch Lions on Sunday night. Pittsburgh’s Danny Earls also earned selection after his two assists helped the Riverhounds claim their first victory in Rochester in club history, while Charlotte’s Wells Thompson was also named after he scored the equalizer for the Eagles in a 1-1 draw with OKC Energy FC.
A pair of two-goal scorers also featured in the forward line as the Orange County Blues FC’s Chris Cortez and LA Galaxy II’s Jack McBean both earned selection for strong attacking performances. Wilmington’s Sammy Ochoa completed the trio, as his fine opening goal helped the Hammerheads extend their undefeated streak against Oklahoma City.
Energy FC’s Jon Kempin took the goalkeeper position after his standout five-save performance helped keep his side in the game against Wilmington on the way to earning a point. In front of him were Arizona’s London Woodberry, who scored and had a strong performance defensively in United’s 1-1 draw against Sacramento. Richmond’s Sascha Görres was also named after his outstanding cross allowed Matt Delicâte to score the only goal in the Kickers’ 1-0 win against Harrisburg, while Orange County’s Josh Suggs rounded out the group after his solo finish helped the Blues take their second consecutive victory.
The 2014 USL PRO season continues on Wednesday night with four midweek games that feature the league’s top two teams in action. Orlando City will try to maintain its undefeated start against an Orange County side that has won back-to-back contests at 7:30 p.m. ET, while the LA Galaxy II host the Rochester Rhinos at 10:30 p.m. ET. Also on Wednesday night is the second edition of this year’s Keystone Derby as the Pittsburgh Riverhounds host the Harrisburg City Islanders at Highmark Stadium, while Arizona United welcomes the Dayton Dutch Lions to the Peoria Sports Complex at 10:30 p.m. ET
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USL PRO Team of the Week
|GK||Jon Kempin||Oklahoma City||Five-save performance helped Energy earn point in Wilmington|
|D||Sascha Görres||Richmond||Outstanding cross led to game-winning goal for Kickers|
|D||London Woodberry||Arizona||Strong defensively, opened scoring for United in Sacramento|
|D||Josh Suggs||Orange County||Solo effort helped spark Blues to victory against Dayton|
|M||Brian ‘Cobi’ Span||Orlando||Had both goals as Lions defeated Impact Reserves|
|M||Bradford Jamieson IV||LA Galaxy II||Scored twice as Los Dos extended winning streak to three|
|M||Danny Earls||Pittsburgh||Pair of assists helped Riverhounds to historic win in Rochester|
|M||Wells Thompson||Charlotte||Fine finish earned Eagles a point against Oklahoma City|
|F||Sammy Ochoa||Wilmington||Scored the opening goal as Hammerheads took point vs. OKC|
|F||Jack McBean||LA Galaxy II||Two close-range finishes helped Los Dos defeat Dayton|
|F||Chris Cortez||Orange County||Had pair of goals, including game-winner, against Dayton|
Honorable Mention – Arizona: Scott Morrison, Evan Newton; Charlotte: Fred Sekyere, Matt Gold; Dayton: Matt Walker; Harrisburg: Richie Marquez, Pedro Ribeiro; LA Galaxy II: Charlie Rugg, Andre Auras; Oklahoma City: Kyle Greig, Steven Perry; Orange County: Edgar Santana, Allan Russell; Orlando: Luke Boden, Adama Mbengue; Pittsburgh: Brian Fekete, Jose Angulo; Richmond: Matt Delicâte, Samuel Asante; Rochester: Tony Walls, Minh Vu; Sacramento: Rodrigo Lopez, Chad Bartlome; Wilmington: Paul Nicholson, Andrae Campbell.
USL PRO is the strongest U.S. men’s professional soccer league on and off the field below and in support of Major League Soccer (MLS). Focused on league stability and franchise performance longevity, USL PRO features 14 teams, including 2014 expansion teams in Los Angeles, Oklahoma City and Sacramento. Teams have already been announced for 2015 in Colorado Springs, St. Louis and Tulsa, with more additions expected soon. Through aggressive and deliberate growth in adding teams fully capable of meeting USL and US Soccer standards, USL PRO is building a robust, national professional soccer league in a format that promotes the benefits of regional league play. In 2013 USL PRO began a groundbreaking, multi-year partnership with MLS that features individual team affiliations, inter-league play, and the opportunity for MLS clubs to field a second team in USL PRO. In addition to league play, USL PRO teams compete in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup as well as various domestic and international exhibitions. USL PRO is the longest-standing pro league affiliate member of US Soccer.