The USL Championship announced the Team of the Week for Week 5 of the 2022 regular season today, with Rising’s Luis Seijas earning a spot in the midfield for his two-goal performance in Phoenix’s 3-1 victory vs. LA Galaxy II on April 9.
Rising’s Aodhan Quinn was named to the TotW bench for assisting on Seijas’ first goal, his third helper of the season and creating five chances vs. Los Dos.
Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC forward Albert Dikwa voted the Championship Player of the Week presented by Konami eFootball as his two goal, one assist performance led the Hounds to a thrilling 4-3 victory against FC Tulsa on Saturday afternoon at ONEOK Field.
Now in his third season with the Hounds, Dikwa is having a breakout campaign with his four goals having already surpassed his prior single season high. On Saturday, he opened the scoring for the Hounds in the sixth minute before adding an assist on Alex Dixon’s goal eight minutes later to give the hosts an early two-goal lead. Dikwa added a second goal just before the hour-mark for the first two-goal performance of his career as the Hounds ended Tulsa’s six-game winning streak in all competitions at ONEOK Field and continued their own undefeated start to the season.
Dikwa earned 40 percent of the ballot to claim the award. San Antonio FC goalkeeper Jordan Farr finished second on 33 percent after recording a six-save shutout in a 1-0 victory on the road against defending USL Championship title holder Orange County SC on Saturday night.
The Championship’s Player of the Week is selected by the USL National Media Panel, which is made up of representatives from each media market in the Championship.
USL Championship Team of the Week – Week 5
GK – Jordan Farr, San Antonio FC: Farr posted a six-save shutout that included five saves on shots inside the penalty area to help San Antonio take a 1-0 victory away from home against defending Championship title holder Orange County SC.
D – Andrew Fox, El Paso Locomotive FC: Fox recorded one goal and drew a penalty kick in El Paso’s 5-0 victory against Monterey Bay F.C. on Saturday while also completing 97 of 106 passes and recording four shots overall.
D – Mitchell Taintor, San Antonio FC: Taintor recorded one assist and had three chances created overall while defensively he won 5 of 8 duels, made five clearances and recorded 13 recoveries in San Antonio’s 1-0 win against Orange County SC.
D – Devon Amoo-Mensah, Detroit City FC: Amoo-Mensah recorded one assist, had two chances created and completed 51 of 57 passes while making 13 recoveries in DCFC’s 4-0 victory against Atlanta United 2 on Saturday.
D – Manny Perez, Louisville City FC: Perez had a standout defensive display as LouCity limited Loudoun United FC to only two shots in a 2-0 victory on Sunday, winning 6 of 8 duels and 2 of 2 tackles while making 15 recoveries for the visitors at Segra Field.
M – Dylan Mares, El Paso Locomotive FC: Mares notched one goal and one assist, had two shots and five chances created overall, completed 57 of 66 passes and won 7 of 9 duels in an impressive all-around display.
M – Luis Seijas, Phoenix Rising FC: The Venezuelan midfielder scored a pair of first-half goals and had three shots and one key pass while completing 30 of 36 passes overall in Phoenix’s 3-1 victory against the LA Galaxy II.
M – Anderson Asiedu, Birmingham Legion FC: Asiedu scored a stoppage-time game-winner to lift Legion FC to its first league win of the season against Hartford Athletic, capping a performance in which he had five shots and three chances created, completed 46 of 51 passes and made 10 recoveries.
F – Albert Dikwa, Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC: Dikwa recorded two goals and one assist while recording three shots and two chances created and completing 20 of 25 passes in the Hounds’ 4-3 win against FC Tulsa.
F – Kyle Vassell, San Diego Loyal SC: Vassell delivered his first two-goal performance for SD Loyal and had four shots overall while completing 17 of 22 passes in his side’s 4-1 victory against the Charleston Battery.
F – Antoine Hoppenot, Detroit City FC: Hoppenot recorded one goal and one assist, had four chances created and two shots and won 7 of 12 duels to lead DCFC’s 4-0 victory against Atlanta United 2.
Bench: Connor Sparrow (MIA), Eder Borelli (ELP), Mechack Jerome (IND), Cam Lindley (COS), Aodhan Quinn (PHX), Diego Luna (ELP), Stefano Pinho (IND)