Duke Lacroix Named to USL Championship Team of the Week for Week 15
Tampa, Fla. - Charlotte Independence defender Duke Lacroix makes his first USL Championship Team of the Week appearance this season after playing a crucial role in the Independence's playoff-clinching 1-0 win over Group G opponents North Carolina FC.
Lacroix put in a strong shift as the Independence shut out North Carolina FC to clinch first place in Group G, winning 7 of 9 duels and 2 of 2 tackles, while completing 46 of 51 passes. With the win, the Independence clinched its third appearance in postseason play and first since 2017.
The Championship's leader in saves this season, Brandon Miller also made the cut this week, getting a nod as a bench player for the USL's weekly list after earning the shutout in net for Jacks in their win over NCFC. The shutout was Miller's fifth of the season and the 39th of his USL career.
The USL Championship announced the Team of the Week Presented by Cleer Audio for Week 15 of the 2020 regular season on Tuesday, with Memphis 901 FC forward Cal Jennings named Player of the Week after recording his first professional hat trick on Saturday night at 901 FC ended its season with a 3-1 victory against Birmingham Legion FC.
A former standout at the University of Central Florida, Jennings ended his first professional season on a scoring roll. The Georgia native led Memphis to victory against postseason-bound Legion FC with his hat trick, which gave the 23-year-old eight goals in his final seven appearances of the season.
Jennings earned 43 percent of the ballot for his performance as he was named to the Team of the Week for a second consecutive week. Orange County SC's Chandler Hoffman finished second on 33 percent after he also notched a hat trick on Saturday night to lead his side to a 4-2 victory against Las Vegas Lights FC.
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 15
GK - Rafael Diaz, Sacramento Republic FC: Diaz recorded an eight-save shutout as Republic FC took a 4-0 victory against the Portland Timbers 2 on Saturday night to close the club's regular season at Papa Murphy's Park.
D - Yuma, El Paso Locomotive FC: The Spaniard helped Locomotive FC record two shutouts over the week, winning 12 of 16 duels and four interceptions while completing 132 of 135 passes as El Paso claimed first place in Group C.
D - Duke Lacroix, Charlotte Independence: Lacroix put in a strong shift as the Independence shut out North Carolina FC to clinch first place in Group G with a 1-0 win, winning 7 of 9 duels and 2 of 2 tackles, while completing 46 of 51 passes.
D - Danny Reynolds, Tacoma Defiance: Reynolds recorded two assists across two games, won 9 of 13 duels and made 10 clearances as Tacoma faced Sacramento Republic FC and Reno 1868 FC to conclude its regular season.
M - Kembo Kibato, Rio Grande Valley FC: Kibato recorded a pair of assists and completed 22 of 24 passes overall while winning 5 of 8 duels and 2 of 2 tackles in the Toros' 4-2 victory against OKC Energy FC to close the regular season.
M - Sam Stanton, Phoenix Rising FC: Stanton scored twice as Rising FC ended its regular season with a 4-1 win against the LA Galaxy II, and also completed 27 of 33 passes and recorded four interceptions.
M - Dariusz Formella, Sacramento Republic FC: Formella had two goals and one assist as Republic FC scored four goals in the opening 25 minutes against the Portland Timbers 2 on Saturday night at Papa Murphy's Park.
M - Sebastian Velasquez, Miami FC: Velasquez had two goals and one assist across two games as Miami wrapped up the season with wins against the Charleston Battery and Atlanta United 2, while completing 30 of 38 passes overall.
F - Cal Jennings, Memphis 901 FC: Jennings capped his first professional season with a hat trick against Birmingham Legion FC on Saturday night, while recording four shots on goal and completing 2 of 3 dribbles.
F - Chandler Hoffman, Orange County SC: Hoffman recorded his second hat trick in the Championship as Orange County SC took a 4-2 victory against Las Vegas Lights FC, while also completing 12 of 14 passes and recording four shots overall.
F - Augustine Williams, LA Galaxy II: Williams scored three goals across two games, including a pair of tallies as Los Dos clinched a place in the 2020 Championship Playoffs with victory against Orange County SC, and completed 29 of 35 passes for the week.
Bench: Brandon Miller (CLT), Rodrigo Da Costa (TUL), Wal Fall (STL), Ema Twumasi (ATX), Fredlin Mompremier (SKC), Stavros Zarokostas (CHS), Tobenna Uzo (TUL)
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