TAMPA, Fla. – Reno 1868 FC forward Dane Kelly was voted the United Soccer League player of the week.
Kelly claimed his second weekly honor in three weeks as he became the first player in USL history to notch hat- tricks in back-to-back games. The Jamaican tallied three times in Reno’s first home win in club history, a 6-0 victory against Seattle Sounders FC 2 Saturday night.
Kelly received 64 percent of the poll conducted by a national panel of independent media representing every USL market. Real Monarchs SLC’s Daniel Haber finished second with 24 percent.
Former Cosmos defender Jimmy Ockford, who played for the North American Soccer League club on loan from the Seattle Sounders (Major League Soccer), was named to the team of the week.
Red Bulls II forward Brandon Allen was named to the bench.
USL team of the week
GK – Charlie Lyon, Orange County SC: Lyon recorded eight saves, including a penalty stop, as a 10-man Orange County fell 1-0 to OKC Energy FC on Saturday night.
D – Greg Cochrane, San Antonio FC: Cochrane helped limit Phoenix Rising FC to one shot on goal with a lockdown performance down the left side of SAFC’s defense.
D – Jimmy Ockford, Reno 1868 FC: Ockford completed 68-of-70 passes for the game and scored a late goal as Reno defeated his former club, Seattle Sounders FC 2.
D – Chris Christian, Sacramento Republic FC: Christian scored the game-winner as Republic FC broke a six-game winless streak with a 3-2 win against Tulsa Roughnecks FC.
M – Brian Ownby, Louisville City FC: Ownby was a menace throughout the game down the right, setting up the only goal as Louisville defeated the Pittsburgh Riverhounds.
M – Daniel Haber, Real Monarchs SLC: Haber had a goal and two assists as the Monarchs routed their Rocky Mountain rivals Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC 5-2.
M – Michael Salazar, Ottawa Fury FC: Salazar had the game-tying goal, and also had an assist and created two other chances, as Ottawa rallied to a 4-3 win against the New York Red Bulls II.
M – Sebastian Velasquez, Real Monarchs SLC: Velasquez earned a second consecutive berth on the Team of the Week with a pair of goals in a 5-2 win against Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC.
M – Dante Marini, Charleston Battery: Marini had an immediate impact for the 10-man Battery after coming on as a substitute, playing a role in both goals in a 2-2 draw with the Harrisburg City Islanders.
F – Danni König, FC Cincinnati: König scored his first two goals for FCC to lead the side to a 2-1 victory against Bethlehem Steel FC in front of 18,441 fans at Nippert Stadium.
F – Dane Kelly, Reno 1868 FC: Kelly recorded his second consecutive hat trick – the first player in USL history to achieve the feat – in a 6-0 victory against Seattle Sounders FC 2.
Bench: Tim Dobrowolski (LOU), Alex Dixon (OKC), Rasheed Olabiyi (HAR), Darwin Jones (TBR), Danny Barrera (SAC), Brandon Allen (NY), Chandler Hoffman (SLC)