Pittsburgh's Ryan James earns Player of the Week after standout display against Hartford
September 1, 2020 - United Soccer League Championship (USL) News Release
TAMPA, Fla. - The USL Championship announced the Team of the Week Presented by Cleer Audio for Week 10 of the 2020 regular season on Tuesday, with Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC's Ryan James earning Player of the Week honors after recording two goals to lead the Hounds to victory against Hartford Athletic.
James put in a sterling two-way performance, joining the attack from his left wingback position to register a pair of goals on two shots for the game while also holding down his flank defensively, winning 7 of 9 duels and completing 52 of 58 passes for the game. The victory moved Pittsburgh three points clear of Hartford at the top of Group F in the Eastern Conference.
James earned 43 percent of the ballot for his performances. The LA Galaxy II's Augustine Williams finished second on 22 percent after recording three goals and one assist as Los Dos took a pair of victories against the Portland Timbers 2 and Las Vegas Lights FC to move into second place in Group B's standings.
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.
GK - Colin Miller, Loudoun United FC: Miller recorded nine saves, including denying a penalty kick, to match the most saves in a single game this season in Loudoun's 3-2 defeat to the New York Red Bulls II on Saturday evening.
D - Dillon Serna, Sporting Kansas City II: Serna recorded two assists, completed 25 of 32 passes overall and recorded two blocked shots and nine recoveries in SKC II's 2-1 victory against FC Tulsa on Saturday night.
D - Logan Gdula, Charleston Battery: Gdula scored once, and completed 77 of 92 passes and 2 of 2 dribbles and made 18 recoveries as the Battery swept a pair of victories against Miami FC and the Tampa Bay Rowdies.
D - Ryan James, Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC: James scored a pair of goals, completed 52 of 58 passes and won 7 of 9 duels in a standout display that helped the Hounds to a 3-0 victory against Hartford Athletic.
M - Blake Smith, San Antonio FC: Smith recorded one goal and one assist, had two shots overall and made two clearances in San Antonio's 3-1 victory against Rio Grande Valley FC on Friday night.
M - Jake LaCava, New York Red Bulls II: LaCava recorded his first two professional goals, had seven shots overall and one chance created in New York's 3-2 victory against Loudoun United FC.
M - Bryam Rebellon, El Paso Locomotive FC: Rebellon scored a late game-winner for El Paso against Real Monarchs SLC and won 10 of 17 duels and completed 28 of 42 passes while recording five shots overall.
M - Jaden Servania, Birmingham Legion FC: Servania recorded one goal and one assist and completed 15 of 16 passes and recorded three chances created as Legion FC took a 4-1 victory against the Charlotte Independence.
F - Augustine Williams, LA Galaxy II: Williams recorded three goals and one assist and completed 39 of 48 passes across two contests as Los Dos took a pair of victories to move into second place in Group B.
F - Billy Forbes, Austin Bold FC: Forbes scored three goals and completed 32 of 38 passes in two contests as Austin remained in second place in Group D after draws against Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC and OKC Energy FC.
F - Corey Hertzog, Reno 1868 FC: Hertzog recorded one goal and one assist, had three chances created overall and completed 28 of 36 passes in 1868 FC's 2-1 victory against Phoenix Rising FC on Saturday night.
Bench: Ford Parker (BHM), Jordan Dover (PIT), Sean Totsch (LOU), Neco Brett (BHM) Christian Volesky (COS), Kairou Amoustapha (LDN), Blake Frischknecht (LV)
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