TAMPA, Fla. – Tampa Bay Rowdies forward and former Cosmos midfielder Sebastian Guenzatti has been voted the United Soccer League player of the week, it was announced Tuesday.

Guenzatti recorded a hat-trick to lead the Rowdies to a 3-0 victory over North Carolina FC at Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park Saturday to help keep Tampa Bay’s playoff hopes alive.

He received 33 percent of the poll conducted by a national panel of independent media representing every USL market, narrowly edging out Toronto FC II’s Tsubasa Endoh on 29 percent after his standout display in TFC II’s 4-1 victory against Louisville City FC last Tuesday night.

USL Team of the Week

GK – Kendall McIntosh, Portland Timbers 2: McIntosh kept T2 in the game with a six-save shutout against Saint Louis FC that kept the game scoreless until the hosts grabbed a stoppage-time victory at Providence Park.

D – Je-Vaughn Watson, Charlotte Independence: The Jamaican international scored the only goal of the game in addition to winning four of four tackles and making 10 possession recoveries in a 1-0 win over Nashville SC on Saturday.

D – Allen Yanes, Red Bull II: Yanes won five of five tackles and recorded five interceptions, three recoveries and two clearances in New York’s 1-0 victory over Ottawa Fury FC.

D – Dekel Keinan, FC Cincinnati: Keinan scored the game-tying goal in Cincinnati’s comeback victory against Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC and won five of seven duels and recorded seven clearances defensively.

M – Saeed Robinson, Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC: Robinson scored a late game-winner for the Switchbacks against Real Monarchs SLC after coming on as a second-half substitute last Wednesday night.

M – Lance Laing, San Antonio FC: Laing recorded a goal and assist to lead SAFC back from an early deficit to take a 3-1 victory over Rio Grande Valley FC last Wednesday night.

M – Tsubasa Endoh, Toronto FC II: Endoh had two goals and one assist, as TFC II recorded a 4-1 victory last Tuesday night over Louisville City FC.

M – Michael Reed, Nashville SC: Reed recorded a three-assist night, as Nashville earned a 4-0 victory against the Richmond Kickers on Tuesday night and recorded 11 key passes for the week across two games.

F – Hadji Barry, Swope Park Rangers: Barry scored the game-winning goal in both of Swope Park’s victories over the week against Tulsa Roughnecks FC Wednesday night and OKC Energy FC Sunday evening.

F – Sebastian Guenzatti, Tampa Bay Rowdies: Guenzatti scored the first hat-trick for the Rowdies this season to lead the side to a 3-0 victory against North Carolina FC Saturday night.

F – Lagos Kunga, ATL UTD 2: Kunga scored both goals as Atlanta registered a road victory against Toronto FC II Friday night.

Bench: Daniel Vega (TBR), Joe Greenspan (PGH), Antoine Hoppenot (RNO), Aaron Dennis (PEN), Ariel Lassiter (LA), Cameron Lancaster (LOU), Ataulla Guerra (CHS)

Front Row Soccer editor Michael Lewis has covered 13 World Cups (eight men, five women), seven Olympics and 25 MLS Cups. He has written about New York City FC, New York Cosmos, the New York Red Bulls and both U.S. national teams for Newsday and has penned a soccer history column for the Guardian.com. Lewis, who has been honored by the Press Club of Long Island and National Soccer Coaches Association of America, is the former editor of BigAppleSoccer.com. He has written seven books about the beautiful game and has published ALIVE AND KICKING The incredible but true story of the Rochester Lancers. It is available at Amazon.com.