RENO, Nev.– Reno 1868 FC midfielder Raul Mendiola has been named to the USL Team of the Week for week 20. Mendiola recorded two assists in the last two games to help lead Reno to a 2-0-0 start to the road trip.
In Reno’s 3-2 comeback win over OKC Energy FC, Mendiola assisted on Aidan Apodaca’s 71st minute goal that tied the game at two. Los Azules had previously trailed 2-0 at half. Against LA Galaxy II, Mendiola assisted on Seth Casiple’s 70th minute goal to make the lead 2-0 Reno. Mendiola’s assist would prove to be the difference, as LA would score in the 75th to make it a one-goal game.
Mendiola is the eight different 1868 player to earn a spot on the team this season. Reno has had a representative on the team for each of the last three weeks they’ve been in competition.
USL Championship Team of the Week
GK – Tomas Romero, Bethlehem Steel FC:Romero recorded an 11-save shutout – tied for the most saves in a shutout in Championship history – as Steel FC defeated Louisville City FC 1-0 at Slugger Field.
D – Carl Haworth, Ottawa Fury FC:Haworth had a goal and assist, made three key passes and won 14 of 17 duels in Fury FC’s 4-0 victory against the Swope Park Rangers at TD Place.
D – Mathieu Laurent, Birmingham Legion FC: Laurent won 6 of 7 duels and made 10 recoveries while also finding the back of the net in Legion FC’s 4-0 victory against ATL UTD 2.
D – Ish Jome, Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC:Jome scored the lone goal, and also made a crucial goal line clearance, as the Switchbacks took victory against OKC Energy FC.
M – Raul Mendiola, Reno 1868 FC:Mendiola recorded two assists and four key passes, completing 22 of 26 passes overall as he contributed to a pair of victories against OKC Energy FC and the LA Galaxy II.
M – Kelyn Rowe, Swope Park Rangers:Rowe scored a pair of goals, completed 34 of 41 passes and 2 of 3 dribbles and made three recoveries in Swope Park’s 4-3 win against Hartford Athletic.
M – Yamikani Chester, North Carolina FC: Chester made a major impact after coming on as a halftime substitute, scoring a pair of goals on four shots overall while completing 16 of 19 passes.
M – Junior Flemmings, Phoenix Rising FC:Flemmings notched two assists in a strong two-way game that also saw him win 12 of 16 duels and record 11 recoveries in Phoenix’s victory against Austin Bold FC.
F – Frank Lopez, San Antonio FC:Lopez immediately made himself at home with San Antonio, scoring twice on his debut for the club in a 3-1 Copa Tejas victory against El Paso Locomotive FC last Wednesday night.
F – Solomon Asante, Phoenix Rising FC:Asante recorded two goals and one assist as Phoenix tied the Championship record with a 10th consecutive victory in a 6-0 win against Austin Bold FC.
F – Sebastian Guenzatti, Tampa Bay Rowdies:Guenzatti scored two first-half goals and then added an assist as the Rowdies swept to a 4-1 victory against Saint Louis FC at Al Lang Stadium.
Bench: Matt Cardone (SA), Zeiko Lewis (CHS), Arun Basuljevic (FRS), Kyle Adams (RGV), Alan Winn (NSH), Brandon Allen (MEM), Thomas Enevoldsen (IND)