RENO, Nev.– For the second week in a row, Reno 1868 FC had two players named to the USL Championship’s Team of the Week. Midfielder Sam Gleadle and defender Zach Carroll earned the honors after the boys in blue swept Rio Grande Valley FC.
Gleadle earned the honor after he became the first 1868 player this year to score twice and assist in a single game. The 23 year old is now tied for third on the team in both goals scored and assists, with four and three, respectively.
Carroll earned the honor for the first time this season after notching his first goal of the year against Rio Grande Valley. The goal was just his third with Reno. The defender and team captain contributed to the shutout of Rio Grande Valley. The shutout was the team’s second straight and fourth of the year.
Carroll joins a long list of 1868 players named to the team of the week. Through 18 weeks, the team has had seven different players named to the list. Gleadle becomes the fifth player to be named to the team twice this season, joining Duke Lacroix, Corey Hertzog and Brian Brown.
USL Championship Team of the Week
GK – Brandon Miller, Charlotte Independence:Miller recorded nine saves in the Independence’s road draw at North Carolina FC and then posted a shutout in the club’s win against Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC.
D – Paco Craig, Louisville City FC:Craig scored the equalizer and won 11 of 13 duels and 8 of 9 aerials defensively in Louisville’s comeback victory against Nashville SC at Slugger Field.
D – Nathan Smith, Portland Timbers 2: Smith won 11 of 13 duels and 7 of 8 aerials while recording eight recoveries and won the penalty kick that led to T2’s stoppage-time equalizer against Tulsa Roughnecks FC.
D – Owusu-Ansah Kontor, Orange County SC: Kontor recorded one assist and three key passes, made 13 recoveries and completed 38 of 44 passes overall in Orange County’s road victory against Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC.
M – Elijah Martin, Fresno FC:Martin recorded the assist on the Foxes’ game-winning goal, recorded two key passes and completed 26 of 31 passes overall while also winning 10 of 12 duels against Sacramento Republic FC.
M – Kenardo Forbes, Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC:Forbes scored the game-winning goal, had four key passes and made six interceptions in the Hounds’ victory against Bethlehem Steel FC last Thursday night.
M – Sam Gleadle, Reno 1868 FC:Gleadle recorded two goals and one assist and had five key passes as Reno swept to a 4-0 victory against Rio Grande Valley FC last Wednesday night.
M – Billy Forbes, San Antonio FC:Forbes recorded one goal and one assist and completed 11 of 17 dribbles to lead SAFC to a 3-0 victory against Copa Tejas rival Austin Bold FC last Wednesday night.
M – Russell Cicerone, Saint Louis FC:Cicerone recorded the game-tying goal and an assist as STLFC rallied from a two-goal deficit to earn a 2-2 draw with Loudoun United FC on Saturday night.
F – Sebastian Guenzatti, Tampa Bay Rowdies:Guenzatti notched his 10thgoal of the season and logged an assist as the Rowdies took a 3-1 victory on the road against the Swope Park Rangers.
F – Elliot Collier, Memphis 901 FC: Collier scored the first hat trick in 901 FC’s history as it took its first home league victory on Saturday night with a 4-1 win against Hartford Athletic.
Bench:Logan Ketterer (ELP), Zach Carroll (RNO), Rodrigo da Costa (TUL), Douglas Martinez (SLC), Alex Martinez (CLT), Oscar Jimenez (LOU), Yamikani Chester (NC)