TAMPA, Fla. – Red Bulls II forward Stefano Bonomo has been voted the United Soccer League player of the week.
Bonomo recorded four goals in two games, including a hat-trick in the Red Bulls II’s 6-5 over against Orlando City B Saturday night, to help push the defending USL Cup champion to the verge of a return to the playoffs.
Bonomo received 40 percent of the poll conducted by a national panel of independent media representing every USL market. Phoenix Rising FC forward Jason Johnson finished second with 20 percent of the vote.
USL Team of the Week
GK – Travis Worra, Richmond Kickers: Worra recorded a four-save shutout, as the Kickers earned a 1-0 victory on the road against Saint Louis FC on Saturday night.
D – Josh Suggs, Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC: Suggs helped limit Sacramento Republic FC to one shot on goal and also provided the assist on the game-winning goal in the Switchbacks’ 1-0 victory on Saturday.
D – Jimmy Ockford, Reno 1868 FC: Ockford scored the opening goal of the game and also completed 53 of 57 passes and recorded nine clearances in Reno’s 4-1 win against Orange County SC.
D – Kyle Smith, Louisville City FC: Smith scored the game-winning goal and put in a strong shift down the right side to help limit Charlotte’s attack to three shots on goal in a 2-1 victory.
M – Santi Moar, Bethlehem Steel FC: Moar had two goals and one assist and created two other scoring chances, as Bethlehem took control of its playoff destiny with a 4-2 victory against Toronto FC II on Friday night.
M – Marcel Schäfer, Tampa Bay Rowdies: Schäfer had two goals and an assist to lead the Rowdies to a 3-2 victory against New York on Wednesday night. He also helped set up the side’s only goal in a 1-1 draw away against San Antonio.
M – Florian Valot, New York Red Bulls II: Valot scored twice, created another scoring chance and completed 31 of 38 passes to help New York take a 6-5 victory against Orlando City B on Saturday.
M – Carl Haworth, Ottawa Fury FC: Haworth notched his first two goals of the season to lead Fury FC to a comprehensive 4-0 victory against FC Cincinnati in the club’s home finale on Sunday.
F – Jose Angulo, OKC Energy FC: Angulo notched a pair of goals and one assist, as Energy FC clinched a place in the USL Cup Playoffs for a third successive season with a 4-1 victory against the Swope Park Rangers on Sunday.
F – Jason Johnson, Phoenix Rising FC: Johnson scored three goals in two games, including both game-winners, as Phoenix took a pair of victories against Tulsa Roughnecks FC and Rio Grande Valley FC over the course of the week.
F – Stefano Bonomo, New York Red Bulls II: Bonomo recorded four goals in two games, including a hat trick in the Red Bulls II’s 6-5 victory against Orlando City B on Saturday night that moved the side back into playoff position.
Bench: Odisnel Cooper (CHS), Christian Thierjung (TUL), Chris Wehan (RNO), Jerry van Ewijk (OC), Heviel Cordoves (CHS), Didier Drogba (PHX), Jochen Graf (ROC)