Pittsburgh Riverhounds midfielder Rob Vincent has been voted the USL Player of the Week for the 20th week of the 2015 season after he recorded a hat trick in Pittsburgh’s 3-0 win against Wilmington Hammerheads FC on Saturday night at Highmark Stadium.
Vincent earned 63 percent of the vote, which was conducted by a national panel of independent media representing every USL market, to claim his second Player of the Week award this season. Sacramento Republic FC forward Tommy Stewart and Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC midfielder Luke Vercollone finished tied for second with 19 percent each.
Stewart was named to Team of the Week after scoring a brace against Seattle Sounders FC 2 in Republic FC's 2-0 victory on Saturday.
“It was very important to get the victory after a few weeks not playing in the league”, said Stewart after Saturday's match. “It’s always nice to score goals. It’s my job as a striker and I’m a goal-scorer. It’s what I do best.”
USL Team of the Week
GK – Maxime Crepeau, FC Montreal: Posted a six-save shutout, which included a penalty save, as Montreal earned a 0-0 draw with Charleston
D – Bryan Burke, Louisville City FC: Scored what proved to be the winning goal and pressed forward well throughout in Louisville’s 3-2 win in Toronto
D – Rennico Clarke, Portland Timbers 2: Helped limit the Austin Aztex to only four shots on goal as T2 took a 1-0 road win
D – Shawn Ferguson, Charleston Battery: Was solid defensively and a threat from set pieces as the Battery were held by Montreal to a 0-0 draw
M – Marco Bustos, Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2: Scored a pair of goals to lead WFC2 to victory in Tulsa to keep the side in playoff contention
M – Gareth Evans, OKC Energy FC: Was excellent in the center of midfield and capped his performance with a fine goal in OKC’s 3-0 win against Arizona
M – Luke Vercollone, Colorado Switchbacks FC: Had both goals as the Switchbacks took an impressive win against the LA Galaxy II in a top-four Western clash
M – Rob Vincent, Pittsburgh Riverhounds: Scored his first professional hat trick to lead Pittsburgh to victory, and set a new single-season club record for goal in the process
M – Pavle Popara, Orange County Blues FC: Notched both goals as the Blues rallied to defeat Real Monarchs SLC to remain in the West’s top six
F – Tomasz Zahorski, Charlotte Independence: Had a goal and an assist as the Independence handed Rochester its first loss of the season
F – Tommy Stewart, Sacramento Republic FC: Scored his first two goals of the season to lead Sacramento past Seattle to close the gap on first in the West
Bench: Santiago Castano (NY), Tony Rocha (ATX), George Fochive (POR), Fred Owusu Sekyere (RIC), Franklin Castellanos (NY), Jason Yeisley (RIC), Sammy Ochoa (TUL)
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