TAMPA, Fla. – Tulsa Roughnecks FC forward Ian Svantesson was voted the United Soccer League player of the week, it was announced Tuesday.
Svantesson scored four goals in two Roughnecks victories over the course of the week as Tulsa earned home wins against Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 and Orange County SC to move into a Western Conference playoff position.
He received 67 percent of the poll conducted by a national panel of independent media representing every USL market. Svantesson’s teammate Juan Pablo Caffa finished second with 24 percent of the vote.
USL team of the week
GK – Jake McGuire, Bethlehem Steel FC: McGuire recorded a seven-save shutout to help Steel FC earn a 1-0 victory on the road against Toronto FC II.
D – Seb Hines, Orlando City B: Hines recorded four clearances and two interceptions, while also completing 38-of-48 passes as OCB defeated FC Cincinnati 2-0 on the road.
D – Joe Greenspan, Pittsburgh Riverhounds: Greenspan earned selection as he won 14-of-15 duels and 8-of-9 aerial duels as the Riverhounds defeated Ottawa Fury FC 1-0.
D – Forrest Lasso, Charleston Battery: Lasso recorded the game-winning goal, his fourth tally of the season, and also recorded seven clearances in a 1-0 win against Saint Louis FC.
M – Todd Wharton, Rio Grande Valley FC: Wharton notched the only goal of the game, and also won 3-of-4 duels, to help lead the Toros past the Swope Park Rangers.
M – Juan Pablo Caffa, Tulsa Roughnecks FC: Caffa scored two goals from direct free kicks, and added a pair of assists as the Roughnecks took victories against Vancouver and Orange County.
M – Sebastian Velasquez, Real Monarchs SLC: Velasquez had two goals and one assist as the Monarchs defeated the LA Galaxy II on the road and Sacramento Republic FC at home.
M – Shaun Wright-Phillips, Phoenix Rising FC: Wright-Phillips, a former member of the Red Bulls, scored a 95th-minute game-winner to lift Rising FC past OKC Energy FC 2-1 on Saturday night.
F – Gloire Amanda, Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2: Amanda scored his first two professional goals, including what proved to be the winner against Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC on Sunday.
F – Ian Svantesson, Tulsa Roughnecks FC: Svantesson scored twice against both Vancouver and Orange County as the Roughnecks recorded back-to-back victories.
F – Jorge Herrera, Charlotte Independence: Herrera recorded a goal and assist as the Independence romped past the New York Red Bulls II 5-1 on Thursday night.
Bench: Connor Sparrow (SLC), Henry Kalungi (CLT), Joey Calistri (TUL), Joe Cole (TBR), Justin Dhillon (LA), Omar Bravo (PHX), Georgi Hristov (TBR)