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Francois Selected to USL Championship Team of the Week

August 20, 2019 - United Soccer League Championship (USL) - Ottawa Fury FC News Release

OTTAWA - Ottawa Fury FC forward Christiano François earned a spot on the USL Championship Team of the Week for week 24, the league announced Tuesday, following a great performance on the weekend. Francois had one goal and one assist, completed 3 of 5 dribbles and had five shots overall as Fury FC took a 3-1 victory against Loudoun United FC on Saturday night.

The first new signing for Fury FC ahead of the 2019 campaign, Christiano François was also one of the touted exciting new additions for this season. His pace and ability to take players on, one of the best in the USL Championship, has been in full display in Ottawa's first half of the season and have seen the speedy Haitian's lead to many of Fury FC's scoring opportunities. He currently has seven goals and five assists in 22 regular-season games, in addition to his one goal and one assist in this year's Canadian Championship run. This is his second selection on the Team of the Week starting formation (Week 11), and a third accounting for his bench selection in Week 13.

Entering the second half of the USL Championship season still in the hunt for a good playoff position, Ottawa Fury FC is sitting in the 8th rank, only 7 points off a top 4 spot. Fury FC will host Saint Louis FC this Saturday at TD Place (KO 2 p.m.) looking to lineup more wins and climb the standings.

USL Championship Team of the Week

GK - David Ochoa, Real Monarchs SLC: Ochoa recorded six saves to keep the Monarchs in the game as they earned a 1-1 draw on the road against Fresno FC on Friday night.

D - Drew Beckie, El Paso Locomotive FC: Beckie won 7 of 7 duels, completed 42 of 45 passes and made six recoveries and five clearances as 10-man Locomotive FC earned a shutout victory against Tacoma.

D - Taylor Washington, Nashville SC: Washington completed 5 of 8 crosses, had eight chances created and one assist and completed 37 of 43 passes overall in Nashville's 3-1 road victory against Charlotte.

D - Mustapha Dumbuya, Phoenix Rising FC: Dumbuya scored his first goal for Rising FC, won 5 of 6 duels and 3 of 4 tackles that included multiple crucial interventions in Phoenix's 4-2 victory against Reno 1868 FC.

M - Harry Forrester, Orange County SC: Forrester made 12 recoveries, won 13 of 19 duels and 5 of 5 tackles while also recording one assist and completing 55 of 71 passes in Orange County's 3-0 win against Las Vegas.

M - Daniel Johnson, Birmingham Legion FC: Johnson scored a 90th-minute game-winner after coming on as a second-half substitute, while also completing 2 of 2 dribbles, 7 of 10 passes and winning 5 of 7 duels.

M - Christiano Francois, Ottawa Fury FC: Francois had one goal and one assist, completed 3 of 5 dribbles and had five shots overall as Fury FC took a 3-1 victory against Loudoun United FC on Saturday night.

M - Dre Fortune, North Carolina FC: Fortune had two goals and one assist and completed 64 of 67 passes in NCFC's 5-0 victory against Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC on Saturday night.

F - Kleber, Austin Bold FC: Kleber recorded two goals and one assist on two shots and one key pass while completing 37 of 47 passes overall in Bold FC's 5-1 win against Tulsa Roughnecks FC on Saturday night.

F - Thomas Enevoldsen, Sacramento Republic FC: Enevoldsen made his mark in his debut for Republic FC, scoring a pair of goals on five shots overall and completing 26 of 36 passes.

F - Christian Eissele, OKC Energy FC: Eissele scored twice, had seven shots overall and completed 25 of 28 passes as Energy FC rallied from a one-goal deficit to take a 4-2 win against the Portland Timbers 2 on Friday night.

Bench: Bobby Shuttleworth (SAC), Paddy Barrett (IND), Joe Greenspan (PIT), George Davis IV (LOU), Daniel Rios (NSH), Solomon Asante (PHX), Donovan Ewolo (NC)

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