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Williams, Harris Named to Team of the Week

May 16, 2023 - United Soccer League Championship (USL) - Tampa Bay Rowdies News Release


ST. PETERSBURG, FL - The USL Championship revealed the Team of the Week for Week 10 of the season on Tuesday afternoon, with the Tampa Bay Rowdies JJ Williams and Dayonn Harris both making the cut for their standout performances in the club's 5-1 win over Detroit City FC.

Rowdies midfielder Charlie Dennis also earned a spot on the Team of the Week after recording his third goal in as many matches.

This is the second straight Team of the Week selection for Williams, who became just the third player in the Rowdies modern era to record a hat trick and added an assist for good measure on Saturday. Williams helped the Rowdies start hot and maintain the momentum throughout the first half with tallies in the 3rd minute, 13th minute, and 43rd minute. For the second consecutive week, Williams converted a cross from loanee Ryan Spauling to put the Rowdies up only 122 seconds into the match. He then calmly redirected a cross from captain Aaron Guillen into the net before closing the half with a tap in off his thigh to complete the hat trick.

Harris sealed Saturday's match with Tampa Bay's fifth goal in the 53rd minute, his first of the season and sixth overall for the club since signing in 2021. Receiving a pass from Williams, Harris slipped inside the box and launched a low strike across the box that nestled into the bottom left corner. The Canadian winger also assisted on Charlie Dennis' goal while completing 18 0f 21 passes on the night.

Next up, the Rowdies travel to face Rio Grande Valley FC this Saturday at 8:30 p.m. ET. Fans can join the official Rowdies watch party at Localz Sports Bar & Grill in downtown St. Petersburg, right across the street from Al Lang Stadium.

USL Championship Team of the Week - Week 10

GK - Benny Diaz, El Paso Locomotive FC: The Mexican shot-stopper posted a five-save shutout as El Paso claimed its fifth consecutive victory in a late 1-0 win against Loudoun United FC at Southwest University Park.

D - Fabien Garcia, San Antonio FC: The French center back scored once and had a solid defensive display in SAFC's 7-0 victory against the Charleston Battery, recording seven clearances, eight recoveries and winning 2 of 3 tackles.

D - Alejandro Fuenmayor, Phoenix Rising FC: The Venezuelan center back was strong in possession and defensively in his side's 3-1 win against Hartford Athletic, completing 67 of 72 passes and winning 4 of 4 tackles and 4 of 5 duels while making eight clearances.

D - Sean Totsch, Louisville City FC: The three-time All-League First Team selection iced LouCity's 3-1 victory against Miami FC from the penalty spot and completed 64 of 69 passes while recording five recoveries defensively at Lynn Family Stadium.

M - Ricky Ruiz, Rio Grande Valley FC: The Toros playmaker notched one goal and one assist as the visitors claimed a 3-2 victory against San Diego Loyal SC at Torero Stadium while recording five chances created and two shots overall.

M - Luiz Fernando, Memphis 901 FC: The Brazilian winger scored both goals, including the game-winner with two minutes to go, as 10-man Memphis claimed a thrilling 2-1 victory against Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC at AutoZone Park.

M - Eric Bird, FC Tulsa: The veteran midfielder scored the opening goal in Tulsa's 1-1 draw at Las Vegas Lights FC while also putting in a stellar defensive display, winning 3 of 3 tackles, 3 of 4 duels and 5 of 5 aerial duels at Cashman Field.

M - Dayonn Harris, Tampa Bay Rowdies: The Canadian winger recorded a goal and assist, had four shots and three chances created and completed 18 of 21 passes overall as the Rowdies ran past Detroit City FC 5-1 at Al Lang Stadium.

F - Russell Cicerone, Sacramento Republic FC: Cicerone recorded the second hat trick of his career to lead Sacramento to a 3-1 victory against Indy Eleven, recording four shots on target overall while notching one key pass.

F - Tani Oluwaseyi, San Antonio FC: The Minnesota United FC loanee continued a strong start to his stint with San Antonio with a hat trick and two assists on three shots and two chances created in the side's 7-0 victory against the Charleston Battery.

F - JJ Williams, Tampa Bay Rowdies: Williams scored the first hat trick of his career and also recorded an assist as the Tampa Bay Rowdies became the first team to score five goals in a game against Detroit City FC since Le Rouge joined the Championship.

Bench: Paul Blanchette (OAK), Akeem Ward (MEM), Tarek Morad (OAK), Robert Coronado (RGV), Charlie Dennis (TBR), Albert Dikwa (PIT), Danny Trejo (PHX)


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