TAMPA, Fla. – Saint Louis FC midfielder Joey Calistri has been voted the United Soccer League player of the week, it was announced Tuesday.
Calistri had a standout performance with two goals and one assist in a 3-0 victory against Tulsa Roughnecks FC Saturday night at ONEOK Field, a victory that lifted Saint Louis into a playoff position in the Western Conference.
He received 54 percent of the poll conducted by a national panel of independent media representing every USL market. Seattle Sounders FC 2 forward David Estrada finished second with 23 percent of the ballot.
USL team of the week
GK – Kyle Reynish, Fresno FC: Reynish, a former Red Bulls goalkeeper, recorded nine saves – tying the single-game high in the 2018 USL regular season – to earn the Foxes a 1-1 draw on the road with Reno 1868 FC.
D – Ken Tribbett, Penn FC: Tribbett scored a pair of goals, recorded five interceptions and won 14 of 21 duels, as Penn claimed a 3-2 victory against Toronto FC II on Saturday night.
D – Forrest Lasso, FC Cincinnati: Lasso won 14 of 15 duels and recorded 11 clearances, as Cincinnati claimed a 2-0 victory on the road against North Carolina FC.
D – Josh Phillips, Portland Timbers 2: Phillips scored the only goal of the game, won all nine of his duels and recorded three interceptions and eight clearances in a 1-0 victory against Rio Grande Valley FC.
M – Richie Ledezma, Real Monarchs SLC: Ledezma scored the opening goal, his first as a professional, and helped set up the Monarchs’ second in a 2-0 victory against Rio Grande Valley FC on June 4.
M – Joey Calistri, Saint Louis FC: Calistri had two goals and one assist, including a highlight-reel finish, as he led Saint Louis to a 3-0 victory against Tulsa Roughnecks FC on Saturday night.
M – Matt Watson, Indy Eleven: Watson scored an opportunistic opening goal as part of a strong two-way performance that saw him record four tackles, four interceptions and four key passes.
M – Chase Minter, Swope Park Rangers: Minter put in a standout display, winning 18 of 23 duels and recording three key passes and six tackles, as the Rangers took a 1-0 win on the road against Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC.
F – David Estrada, Seattle Sounders FC 2: Estrada scored twice in the final seven minutes, as S2 rallied for a 2-1 victory against OKC Energy FC on Sunday afternoon.
F – Heviel Cordoves, Richmond Kickers: Cordoves scored the game-winning goal and recorded four key passes, as the Kickers took a 2-0 victory against the Charleston Battery on Saturday night.
F – Leon Taylor, Tampa Bay Rowdies: Taylor scored a late equalizer on his debut for the Rowdies to preserve Tampa Bay’s undefeated home record in a 1-1 draw against Nashville SC.
Bench: Andre Rawls (OC), Carlos Rodriguez (SAC), Sakari Carter (SEA), Jared Stroud (NY), Matthew Real (BST), Brian Brown (RNO), Ropapa Mensah (NSH)