TAMPA, Fla. – Phoenix Rising FC forward Jason Johnson has been voted the United Soccer League player of the week, it was announced Tuesday.
Johnson recorded three goals in two games, including a spectacular finish Saturday night as Phoenix swept to a pair of victories that moved the side within three points of Western Conference-leader Real Monarchs SLC.
Former Cosmos midfielder Emmnauel Ledesma was named to the team of the week.
Johnson received 48 percent of the poll conducted by a national panel of independent media representing every USL market. Real Monarchs SLC’s Chandler Hoffman and San Antonio FC’s Diego Restrepo finished tied for second with 17 percent apiece.
USL team of the week
GK – Diego Restrepo, San Antonio FC: Restrepo recorded a nine-save shutout – tied for the most saves in a game this season – as SAFC claimed a 1-0 victory against Sacramento Republic FC on Saturday night.
D – Kevin Venegas, Indy Eleven: Venegas had a goal and assist, as Indy swept to a 3-1 victory against Toronto FC II to move into the top eight in the Eastern Conference.
D – Bradley Bourgeois, Nashville SC: Bourgeois won 19 of 23 total duels and provided the assist on Nashville’s stoppage-time game-winner against North Carolina FC on Saturday night.
D – Justin Schmidt, Sacramento Republic FC: Schmidt completed 116 of 125 passes across two games and recorded four interceptions and seven clearances, as Republic FC conceded only once in 180 minutes.
M – Steven Miller, North Carolina FC: Miller had a goal and assist, as North Carolina claimed a 4-2 win against Ottawa Fury FC last Wednesday night.
M – Derrick Jones, Bethlehem Steel FC: Jones scored Steel FC’s opening goal in a 2-2 draw with FC Cincinnati and recorded three tackles, three interceptions and won 11 of 15 duels over the contest.
M – Emmanuel Ledesma, FC Cincinnati: Ledesma scored twice to lead Cincinnati to a 4-0 victory against the Richmond Kickers on Saturday night at Nippert Stadium.
M – Jordan Burt, Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC: Burt scored twice in four minutes to turn the Switchbacks’ clash with Portland the way of the visitors in a 4-1 win at Merlo Field.
F – Jaime Siaj, OKC Energy FC: Siaj scored a goal in each game, as Energy FC took victories against the Portland Timbers 2 and Rio Grande Valley FC for its first back-to-back wins this season.
F – Jason Johnson, Phoenix Rising FC: Johnson scored three goals in two Rising FC victories including a spectacular volleyed strike in the club’s 3-0 win against Tulsa Roughnecks FC on Saturday.
F – Chandler Hoffman, Real Monarchs SLC: Hoffman scored three goals in two games on the Monarchs’ road trip to the Midwest, including the game-winner in Saturday’s victory against Saint Louis FC.
Bench: Connor Sparrow (SLC), Neco Brett (PGH), Lucky Mkosana (PEN), Christian Chaney (FRS), Sammy Ochoa (LV), Ilija Ilic (LOU), Justin Braun (IND)