Christiano Francois and Younes Boudadi named to USL Team of the Week
RENO, Nev. - Reno 1868 FC midfielder Christiano François and defender Younes Boudadi earned spots on the USL Championships Team of the Week today, days after a 5-2 victory over Portland Timbers 2.
François scored twice in the win, his second brace of the season in Portland. The Haitian midfielder has made the Team of the Week a team-leading three times, including a Player of the Week honor in week six.
Boudadi, after making his first professional start against Portland, earned the honors behind a pair of assists. Boudadi's first assist went to François to open up the game's scoring.
Boudadi becomes just the 10th player in club history to assist multiple times in a single game, joining Brent Richards and Sam Gleadle and François as the only players to do it this season.
Reno is back in action on Saturday in a Donner Pass Derby game against Sacramento Republic FC. Kickoff from Greater Nevada Field is set for 6:30 p.m. PT, and can be seen on Nevada Sports Net or ESPN Radio 94.5 locally, or ESPN+ nationally.
USL Championship Team of the Week - Week 13
GK - Abraham Romero, LA Galaxy II: Romero recorded eight saves, made two punched clearances and one high claim to help keep Los Dos in the game as it rallied for a 3-2 victory against Las Vegas Lights FC last Tuesday night.
D - Forrest Lasso, Tampa Bay Rowdies: Lasso scored once, recorded three interceptions and five clearances, and won 5 of 8 duels and 4 of 4 aerial duels in Tampa Bay's 2-1 victory against Atlanta United 2.
D - Alex Crognale, Birmingham Legion FC: Crognale scored twice and helped Legion FC hold Miami FC to only two shots on target as he recorded six clearances defensively in Birmingham's 4-0 road victory last Wednesday night.
D - Sam Fink, Saint Louis FC: Fink scored a crucial game-winning goal in stoppage time to add to an earlier assist as Saint Louis kept its postseason hopes alive with a 3-2 victory against Sporting Kansas City II on Saturday night.
D - Aaron Maund, Charlotte Independence: Maund scored the lone goal of the game, won 6 of 8 duels and 5 of 7 aerial duels, made 11 clearances and completed 35 of 43 passes as the Independence defeated North Carolina FC.
M - Brian Ownby, Louisville City FC: Ownby recorded one goal and two assists across two wins, completing 41 of 49 passes and 3 of 5 dribbles and recording six chances created as LouCity defeated Indy Eleven and Memphis 901 FC.
M - Jorge Gonzalez, Portland Timbers 2: Gonzalez recorded two goals and one assist across two games, completing 50 of 60 passes overall and recording five chances created as T2 defeat Real Monarchs SLC before falling to Reno 1868 FC.
M - Christiano Francois, Reno 1868 FC: Francois scored twice in Reno's 5-2 victory against the Portland Timbers 2 on Sunday, and across two wins for 1868 FC against Tacoma Defiance and the Portland Timbers 2 over the week completed 34 of 41 passes and recorded five chances created.
F - Cameron Lancaster, Louisville City FC: Lancaster recorded three goals and one assist across two victories against Indy Eleven and Memphis 901 FC, and in the process reached 50 regular season goals in the Championship for his career.
F - Rubio Rubin, San Diego Loyal SC: Rubin scored a first-half hat trick for SD Loyal as it took a 3-2 victory against Phoenix Rising FC for its third win in a row, keeping the club's hopes of a playoff berth in its inaugural season alive.
F - Alex Dixon, Hartford Athletic: Dixon scored three goals across two victories against the New York Red Bulls II and Philadelphia Union II that saw the Athletic clinch a trip to the playoffs in its second season.
Bench: Matt Cardone (SA), Younes Boudadi (RNO), Marcus Epps (POR), Augustine Williams (LA), Neco Brett (BHM), Jordan Perruzza (SA), Junior Flemmings (PHX)
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