TAMPA, Fla. – The USL Championship announced the Team of the Week Presented by Cleer Audio for Week 7 of the 2021 regular season on Tuesday, with Rio Grande Valley FC’s Elvis Amoh voted Player of the Week after he scored the second hat trick in the club’s history to lead a 4-2 victory against Miami FC on Sunday night at FIU Stadium.
One of the numerous new arrivals for the Toros this season, Amoh led the side’s comeback from a two-goal halftime deficit to take victory in Miami. The Ghanaian forward hit the crossbar in first-half stoppage time but struck in the 51st minute to get the Toros on the board and added a second 15 minutes to go. The 29-year-old then capped his hat trick in second-half stoppage time to ice the game, recording the first hat trick for RGVFC since Michael Salazar on April 24, 2019 against the LA Galaxy II.
Amoh earned 69 percent of the ballot for his performances to earn the award. Hartford Athletic’s Danny Barrera finished second on 19 percent after recording one goal and three assists for his side as it took a club-record 7-0 win against the New York Red Bulls II on Saturday night at Dillon Stadium.
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 7
GK – Alec Kann, Atlanta United 2: Alec Kann recorded a seven-save shutout including a late penalty kick save to deny Louisville City FC’s Niall McCabe as Atlanta took a 1-0 victory on Sunday night, its first against LouCity in its history.
D – Robert Coronado, OKC Energy FC: Robert Coronado provided the assist for Energy FC’s game-tying goal in a 1-1 draw against Indy Eleven, and went a perfect 11 of 11 in duels while completing 3 of 3 dribbles and making four interceptions.
D – Kaveh Rad, Sporting Kansas City II: Kaveh Rad scored his first goal in the professional ranks and completed 62 of 71 passes while winning 8 of 9 duels and recording seven clearances and 14 recoveries defensively.
D – Aiden McFadden, Atlanta United 2: Aiden McFadden scored the only goal as Atlanta United 2 defeated Louisville City FC 1-0 on Sunday night while also winning 11 duels and six aerial duels defensively.
D – Macauley King, El Paso Locomotive FC: Macauley King provided the assist on Locomotive FC’s goal in its 1-0 win against Austin Bold FC on Thursday night, and completed 67 of 78 passes while winning 2 of 3 tackles and 5 of 8 duels.
M – Arturo Rodriguez, Phoenix Rising FC: Arturo Rodriguez helped spark Phoenix Rising FC’s late two-goal comeback, recording seven key passes in 18 minutes and the assist on Joey Calistri’s equalizer in the side’s 2-2 draw with San Diego Loyal SC.
M – Laurent Kissiedou, Memphis 901 FC: Laurent Kissiedou recorded one assist and two key passes, completed 27 of 31 passes overall and won 7 of 10 duels as 901 FC claimed a 2-1 victory on the road against Indy Eleven on Saturday night.
M – Danny Barrera, Hartford Athletic: Danny Barrera posted a career-high single-game individual mark with three assists and also notched a goal as Hartford took a 7-0 victory against the New York Red Bulls II for the largest victory in club history.
F – Elvis Amoh, Rio Grande Valley FC: Elvis Amoh scored the second hat trick in Toros history to lead a second-half comeback for the visitors in a 4-2 win against Miami FC, while finishing the night with five shots.
F – Neco Brett, Birmingham Legion FC: Neco Brett bagged his first two-goal game of the season and recorded three shots on target overall while winning 5 of 6 duels and 3 of 3 aerial duels in Legion FC’s 2-1 win against FC Tulsa.
F – Juan Carlos Obregon Jr., Hartford Athletic: Juan Carlos Obregon Jr. scored twice on three shots overall, recorded two key passes and won 4 of 7 duels before being substituted 10 minutes into the second half of Hartford’s 7-0 win against the Red Bulls II.
Bench: Evan Louro (TBR), Caleb Wiley (ATL), Gabriel Torres (HFD), Bryce Duke (LV), Ronaldo Damus (OC), Preston Tabort Etaka (HFD), Cal Jennings (LV)
ABOUT RIO GRANDE VALLEY FC
The Rio Grande Valley FC Toros (RGV FC) enter their sixth season in the United Soccer League (USL) Championship in 2021. The club plays at H-E-B Park, a state-of-the-art soccer specific stadium that holds 9,700 people, the club trains in H-E-B Park's world class training facility adjacent to the stadium. RGV FC is the only professional soccer team located within the Rio Grande Valley. In 2016, RGV FC became USL's first team to develop a hybrid affiliation model with a Major League Soccer (MLS) franchise. This partnership, with Houston Dynamo FC, began in 2016. The relationship has now evolved into a more traditional USL/MLS affiliation where RGV FC manages all aspects of the club and the Dynamo are able to loan players to the Toros for development purposes. For more information, please visit www.RGVFC.com.
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