TAMPA, Fla. (USL) - USLPRO named its Team of the Week for Week Nine of the season on Tuesday, with theCharleston Battery's Dane Kelly earning Player of the Week honors after scoringthe game-winning goal in the Battery's 1-0 win against the Houston DynamoReserves on Sunday morning. The win moved the Battery into second place in theUSL PRO standings, and handed Houston its first reserve defeat this season.
Kelly proved a threat from the off against the DynamoReserves, making good runs in behind the defense and helping create attackingopportunities throughout. Kelly was rewarded in the 35th minute asthe Battery took a quick free kick that released Emmanuel Adjetay down theleft, and his cross to the far post was volleyed home by Kelly for his secondgoal of the season.
Joining Kelly on the Team of the Week was his Batteryteammate Colin Falvey, who put in a strong performance defensively as theBattery withstood late Houston pressure to claim victory. Falvey made a keyblock of a shot by Brian Ownby, sending the ball out for a corner, and kept hisback line organized throughout the contest.
Falvey was joined in the Team of the Week defense by the Charlotte Eagles'Shaun Francis, who scored a spectacular goal to give his side a 1-0 win againstCharleston last Tuesday night. Wilmington's Jamel Wallace was also selectedafter scoring in the Hammerheads' 2-1 win against Los Angeles on Saturday,while Richmond's Andrew Dykstra earned selection after making a number of keysaves to earn the Kickers a point against Los Angeles on Friday.
Los Angeles' Shay Spitz earned a berth in the midfield afterhis industriousness helped the Blues rally to claim a late equalizer againstthe Kickers on Friday night. Pittsburgh's Matt Dallman was also selected afterrecording assists on both goals by the Riverhounds in their 2-2 draw withDayton. The Dutch Lions' Tjeerd Westdijk also earned selection, scoring thegame-tying goal and recording an assist in the same contest.
Orlando's Erik Ustruck was selected after scoring thegame-winning goal for the Lions in their 1-0 win against Rochester, whileHarrisburg's Don Anding rounded out the quintet after a standout performancethat saw him assist on Sainey Touray's opening goal and prove a threat for muchof the game down the flank. Completing the side is Orlando's Dom Dwyer, whoearns his fourth consecutive selection after scoring another pair of goals totake his league-leading total to 12 in the Lions' 2-2 draw with Harrisburg.
The USL PRO season continues on Thursday night as theCharlotte Eagles head west to take on Phoenix FC at Sun Devil Soccer Stadium at10:30 p.m. ET. Friday night brings a pair of games, with the Richmond Kickershosting the Harrisburg City Islanders in a must-see clash from City Stadium at7 p.m. ET, and the Pittsburgh Riverhounds hosting Antigua Barracuda FC at 7p.m. ET at Highmark Stadium.
The Charleston Battery host the Rochester Rhinos on Saturdaynight at 7:30 p.m. ET, with Pat Ercoli returning to the sidelines for his firstleague game as coach for the Rhinos. Also on Saturday, the WilmingtonHammerheads begin their Florida swing with a visit to Orlando City at 7:30 p.m.ET, with the night being capped by Charlotte's visit to the Los Angeles Bluesat 10:30 p.m. ET.
The weekend concludes on Sunday evening as Antigua BarracudaFC visit the Dayton Dutch Lions at 6:30 p.m. ET. VSI Tampa Bay FC then returnsto league action as it hosts Wilmington at Plant City Stadium at 7:30 p.m. ET.
Every game of the USL PRO season can be seen onUSLNation.com, with live updates also available via Twitter (@USLPRO), Facebookand Google+.
USL PRO Team of the Week
Had five saves to preserve Kickers' undefeated start to season
Scored opening goal as Hammerheads took victory against Blues
Helped Battery record shutout against Dynamo Reserves
Brilliant free kick earned Eagles victory against Battery
Had game-winning goal as 10-man Lions defeated Rochester
Recorded pair of assists in Riverhounds' 2-2 draw with Dayton
Put in excellent performance, recorded assist, for City Islanders
Had game-tying goal, assist as Dutch Lions earned point
Provided impetus for Blues' comeback against Kickers
Scored game-winner in Battery's victory in Houston
Two more goals in Lions' 2-2 draw against Harrisburg
Honorable Mention: Charleston- Emmanuel Adjetay, Jose Cuevas; Dayton- Gibson Bardsley; Harrisburg - YannEkra, Coady Andrews; Los Angeles -Allan Russell, Juan Perez; Orlando -Rob Valentino, Kevin Molino; Pittsburgh- Andrew Marshall, Jhonny Arteaga; Richmond- Luke Vercollone, Joseph Ngwenya; Wilmington- Daniel Steres, Tom Parratt.