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Top Is USL PRO Player of the Week
Top Is USL PRO Player of the Week | USL PRO, Arizona United SC, Jonathan Top, Sacramento Republic FC, Player of the Week, Chandler Hoffman, Team of the Week

Arizona United SC's Jonathan Top celebrates with fans after his winning goals against Sacramento Republic FC. Photo Credit: USL PRO

Soccer News: Arizona United’s Jonathan Top Named USL PRO Player of the Week

Scored winning goal as United claimed first win in club history

USL PRO named its Team of the Week for Week 4 of the 2014 season on Tuesday, April 22, and Arizona United SC forward Jonathan Top was named Player of the Week. Top scored the game-winning goal in a 2-1 victory against Sacramento Republic FC. The victory was United’s first win in club history.

Top, on loan from FC Dallas, capitalized on a strong buildup from United, as a pass out to the right side found Matt Kassel and his cross to the back post was knocked down by Kadeem Dacres into the path of Top, who finished coolly before running to celebrate with Arizona’s fans behind the goal.

Kassel also earned a berth on the Team of the Week as he played an integral role in United’s victory. The team’s captain, Kassel provided a sweeping cross for Brandon Swartzendruber to score the first goal in club history. Despite having a penalty saved shortly before halftime, he continued to prove influential throughout the second half, which culminated in his role in the winning goal.

The Richmond KickersKyle Porter joined Kassel in the Team of the Week in the midfield after his goal sparked his side’s comeback to earn a 2-2 draw with Pittsburgh. The Riverhounds were also represented by Brian Ownby, who scored and drew a penalty kick against his former team, while Jarad van Schaik from Charleston Battery completed the quartet after a strong performance in difficult conditions against the New York Red Bulls Reserves.

Dayton Dutch Lions had a pair of players selected following its 1-0 win on the road against Harrisburg City Islanders, as goalkeeper Matt Williams earned his second selection of the season for a five-save shutout. Forward Aaron Schoenfeld was also named after a strong all-around performance was capped with the game’s only goal.

The LA Galaxy II also earned two selections as they returned to the top of the USL PRO standings, with forward Chandler Hoffman and defender Daniel Steres both selected. Steres was joined by Harrisburg’s Pedro Ribeiro and Richmond’s Taylor Kemp in the Team of the Week defense after both performed well at both ends of the field.

The 2014 USL PRO season continues on Tuesday night as Orlando City visits the FC Dallas Reserves at 8:00 p.m. ET. Friday night sees another interleague contest as the Charlotte Eagles play host to the Chicago Fire Reserves at 7:00 p.m. ET, with the night being capped by the LA Galaxy II’s visit to Arizona United SC at 10:00 p.m. ET.

Saturday night brings two inaugural home openers as OKC Energy FC hosts Orlando City at Pribil Stadium at 8:00 p.m. ET, and Sacramento Republic FC hosts the Harrisburg City Islanders at Hughes Stadium at 10:30 p.m. ET. The weekend concludes on Sunday as the Rochester Rhinos host their 19th home opener at 4:05 p.m. ET with the Charleston Battery the visitors.

Every game of the 2014 USL PRO season can be seen live on YouTube, with live updates also available via Twitter (@USLPRO), Facebook and Google+. Fans can stay up to date with news, previews and match reports from throughout the league via USLPROSoccer.com.

USL PRO Team of the Week

Pos   

Player

Team

Highlights

GK

Matt Williams

Dayton

Recorded a five-save shutout in road win against Harrisburg

D

Daniel Steres

LA Galaxy II

Strong defensively as Los Dos defeated Orange County

D

Pedro Ribeiro

Harrisburg

Performed well throughout against Dutch Lions

D

Taylor Kemp

Richmond

Had assist, proved strong down flank against Pittsburgh

M

Brian Ownby

Pittsburgh

Scored opening goal, drew penalty against Kickers

M

Jarad van Schaik

Charleston

Excellent distribution in tough conditions vs. Red Bulls Reserves

M

Kyle Porter

Richmond

Standout finish sparked Kickers’ comeback against Riverhounds

M

Matt Kassel

Arizona

Had assist, was influential throughout against Sacramento

F

Aaron Schoenfeld

Dayton

Had only goal as Dutch Lions took victory in Harrisburg

F

Jonathan Top

Arizona

Scored game-winner as United claimed first victory

F

Chandler Hoffman   

LA Galaxy II   

Active throughout, scored winner as Galaxy II defeated Blues

Honorable MentionArizona: Brandon Swartzendruber, Kadeem Dacres; Charleston: Dane Kelly, Heviel Cordoves; Dayton: Brock Granger, Eli Garner; Harrisburg: Richie Marquez, Yann Ekra; LA Galaxy II: Jack McBean, Rafael Garcia; Oklahoma City: Jon Kempin; Orange County: Jiovanni Santana, Allan Russell; Pittsburgh: Danny Earls, Jason Johnson; Richmond: Samuel Asante, Matt Delicate; Sacramento: Rodrigo Lopez, Jack Avesyan.

About USL PRO: USL PRO is the strongest U.S. men’s professional soccer league on and off the field below and in support of Major League Soccer (MLS). Focused on league stability and franchise performance longevity, USL PRO features 14 teams, including 2014 expansion teams in Los Angeles, Oklahoma City and Sacramento. Teams have already been announced for 2015 in Colorado Springs and Tulsa, with more additions expected soon. Through aggressive and deliberate growth in adding teams fully capable of meeting USL and US Soccer standards, USL PRO is building a robust, national professional soccer league in a format that promotes the benefits of regional league play. In 2013 USL PRO began a groundbreaking, multi-year partnership with MLS that features individual team affiliations, inter-league play, and the opportunity for MLS clubs to field a second team in USL PRO. In addition to league play, USL PRO teams compete in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup as well as various domestic and international exhibitions. USL PRO is the longest-standing pro league affiliate member of US Soccer.

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