USL PRO Team of the Week

USL News Release

Tuesday, April 5, 2011TAMPA, Fla. – United Soccer Leagues announced the first USL PRO Team of the Week of the 2011 season today, honoring Richmond Kickers midfielder Michael Callahan as Player of the Week for his commanding performance in his team’s 2-0 win against Orlando City on Saturday, April 2.
The Kickers earned the first victory of the 2011 USL PRO season on Saturday afternoon at City Stadium, with Callahan playing a major role. He was joined on the Team of the Week by four teammates; midfielder Stanley Nyazamba and forward Matthew Delicâte each found the back of the net for the Kickers, while defenders Yomby William and Henry Kalungi played a key role in allowing only two shots on goal for the Lions.
River Plate Puerto Rico’s Yaikel Perez joins Delicâte as the other forward on this week’s team after his 80th-minute goal earned his side a 2-2 draw with Sevilla FC Puerto Rico on Saturday night. He was joined by teammates Peter Villegas, who scored on a beautiful give-and-go 10 minutes into the second half to tie the game, and Matias Maroni, who was strong at center back for his side.
Sevilla is represented by defender Nick Cardenas, who gave Sevilla its second lead of the game with a fine headed goal in the 71st minute, and goalkeeper Maximiliano Torlacoff, who made a number of excellent saves throughout the game including one that allowed his side to emerge with a point on the road.
USL PRO Team of the Week
Pos                Player                                    Team                                      Highlights
GK                 Maximiliano Torlacoff         Sevilla FC PR                          Made three saves, including vital one late
D                    Henry Kalungi                      Richmond                              Helped contain strong Orlando attack
D                    Nick Cardenas                      Sevilla FC PR                          Scored goal; solid defensively
D                    Matias Maroni                      River Plate PR                       Helped restrict Sevilla to only four shots
D                    Yomby William                     Richmond                              Played key role in opening day shutout
M                   Lewis Neal                             Orlando                                 Was threat to Richmond defense on set pieces
M                   Stanley Nyazamba                Richmond                              Scored opening goal of USL PRO season
M                   Peter Villegas                        River Plate PR                       Pulled strings in midfield; scored River’s first
M                   Michael Callahan                  Richmond                              Was dominant in midfield, key to victory
F                    Yaikel Perez                           River Plate PR                       Scored game-tying goal in 80th minute
F                    Matt Delicâte                         Richmond                              Added insurance goal late; always a threat
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