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Miller Nine Save, Shutout Performances Earn Team of the Week Nod

July 9, 2019 - United Soccer League Championship (USL) - Charlotte Independence News Release

Charlotte (NC) - Charlotte Independence goalkeeper Brandon Miller has been selected to the USL Championship Team of the Week for Week 18 of the 2019 season. Coming off two stellar performances against playoff contenders North Carolina FC and Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC, Miller totaled nine saves and his third shutout of the season.

Memphis 901 FC forward Elliot Collier has been voted the USL Championship Player of the Week for Week 18 of the 2019 season. Collier scored the first hat trick in 901 FC's history as he led the side to a 4-1 victory against Hartford Athletic on Saturday night at AutoZone Park, a victory that marked the club's first home league win in its history.

Collier received 76 percent of the poll conducted by a national panel of independent media representing every USL Championship market. Saint Louis FC's Russell Cicerone finished second on 12 percent after recording a goal and assist in his side's comeback to earn a 2-2 draw with Loudoun United FC.

USL Championship Team of the Week

GK - Brandon Miller, Charlotte Independence: Miller recorded nine saves in the Independence's road draw at North Carolina FC and then posted a shutout in the club's win against Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC.

D - Paco Craig, Louisville City FC: Craig scored the equalizer and won 11 of 13 duels and 8 of 9 aerials defensively in Louisville's comeback victory against Nashville SC at Slugger Field.

D - Nathan Smith, Portland Timbers 2: Smith won 11 of 13 duels and 7 of 8 aerials while recording eight recoveries and won the penalty kick that led to T2's stoppage-time equalizer against Tulsa Roughnecks FC.

D - Owusu-Ansah Kontor, Orange County SC: Kontor recorded one assist and three key passes, made 13 recoveries and completed 38 of 44 passes overall in Orange County's road victory against Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC.

M - Elijah Martin, Fresno FC: Martin recorded the assist on the Foxes' game-winning goal, recorded two key passes and completed 26 of 31 passes overall while also winning 10 of 12 duels against Sacramento Republic FC.

M - Kenardo Forbes, Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC: Forbes scored the game-winning goal, had four key passes and made six interceptions in the Hounds' victory against Bethlehem Steel FC last Thursday night.

M - Sam Gleadle, Reno 1868 FC: Gleadle recorded two goals and one assist and had five key passes as Reno swept to a 4-0 victory against Rio Grande Valley FC last Wednesday night.

M - Billy Forbes, San Antonio FC: Forbes recorded one goal and one assist and completed 11 of 17 dribbles to lead SAFC to a 3-0 victory against Copa Tejas rival Austin Bold FC last Wednesday night.

M - Russell Cicerone, Saint Louis FC: Cicerone recorded the game-tying goal and an assist as STLFC rallied from a two-goal deficit to earn a 2-2 draw with Loudoun United FC on Saturday night.

F - Sebastian Guenzatti, Tampa Bay Rowdies: Guenzatti notched his 10 th goal of the season and logged an assist as the Rowdies took a 3-1 victory on the road against the Swope Park Rangers.

F - Elliot Collier, Memphis 901 FC: Collier scored the first hat trick in 901 FC's history as it took its first home league victory on Saturday night with a 4-1 win against Hartford Athletic.

Bench: Logan Ketterer (ELP), Zach Carroll (RNO), Rodrigo da Costa (TUL), Douglas Martinez (SLC), Alex

Martinez (CLT), Oscar Jimenez (LOU), Yamikani Chester (NC)

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