RICHMOND, VA — (Tuesday, August 22, 2017) — The United Soccer League (USL) announced Tuesday that defender Alex Lee was named to the USL Team of the Week for Week 22. Lee notched his first assist of the season last Saturday night on the first goal scored by Sunny Jane as the Kickers claimed a 2-1 victory over Toronto FC II. This season Lee has made 16 appearances, all of which were starts.
Now in his fifth season in Richmond, Lee joined the Kickers in 2013 after being drafted by FC Dallas in the 2012 MLS Supplemental Draft. Lee spent four seasons at University of Maryland where he finished with four assists in 65 appearances. He captained the Terps to a 14-4-3 season in 2011, leading the team to a 1.05 goals against average, after contributing to a program-record 15 shutouts as a junior. As a freshman, he was a member of the 2008 NCAA National Championship team.
The Kickers return to action at City Stadium this Saturday night as they host long-time rivals Charleston Battery and Food Truck Night. The party starts at 5:30 p.m. with live music by Jive 45 and over a dozen craft beers on tap. RVA’s iconic food trucks will headline the event with local favorites including Carytown Burgers & Fries, Sticks Kebob Shop, Grapvevine, The Return of the Mac, Mr. Softee, Happy Empanada, Ms. Funnel Cakes and Boka Truck serving legendary tacos, made to order burgers, gourmet mac & cheese, authentic Greek fair and heavenly hand-made ice cream. Then, the Kickers take on the Charleston Battery at 7pm. Tickets and more information can be found at RichmondKickers.com.
USL Team of the Week
GK – Cody Mizell, Charlotte Independence: Mizell recorded 13 saves across two contests, including a seven-save shutout in a 1-0 win against Bethlehem Steel FC on Wednesday night, as Charlotte remained on top of the Eastern Conference.
D – Oscar Jimenez, Louisville City FC: Jimenez recorded two assists, played a key role in a third goal and created six scoring chances overall as Louisville took a 3-1 victory against Bethlehem Steel FC.
D – Sola Abolaji, Orange County SC: Abolaji scored a late equalizer as OCSC earned a 1-1 draw against Phoenix Rising FC, as the club officially opened Champions Soccer Stadium before a sellout crowd on Friday night.
D – Alex Lee, Richmond Kickers: Lee notched the assist on Richmond’s opening goal and put in a solid two-way performance overall, as the Kickers earned a 2-1 victory against Toronto FC II.
M – Nansel Selbol, Swope Park Rangers: Selbol had a major impact coming on as a halftime substitute, as he recorded a goal and was a threat throughout in the Rangers’ 2-2 draw with Real Monarchs SLC.
M – Justin Portillo, Charleston Battery: Portillo scored the only goal as the Battery broke a seven-game winless streak with a 1-0 win against the Rochester Rhinos, while also completing 51 of 56 passes.
M – Chris Wehan, Reno 1868 FC: Wehan scored what proved to be the game-winning goal in Reno’s 2-1 victory against Sacramento Republic FC and was active in wide positions throughout the game.
M – Junior Flemmings, New York Red Bulls II: Flemmings scored twice as the Red Bulls II earned a 4-0 victory against FC Cincinnati and finished the game with five shots overall and two key passes.
F – Luke Spencer, Louisville City FC: Spencer followed his Player of the Week performance in Week 21 with a two-goal outing, as Louisville took a 3-1 victory against Bethlehem Steel FC on Sunday.
F – Corey Hertzog, Pittsburgh Riverhounds: Hertzog scored both goals as the Riverhounds rallied past Saint Louis to cap a good all-around display that saw him win five of seven duels and finish with five shots total.
F – Hadji Barry, Orlando City B: Badji scored three goals in two games, as OCB defeated Ottawa Fury FC and drew with the Charlotte Independence to extend its undefeated streak to a club-record 10 games.
Bench: Earl Edwards Jr. (ORL), Taylor Mueller (CHS), Henry Wingo (SEA), Gerardo Bruna (OTT), Enzo Martinez (CLT), Dane Kelly (RNO), Kharlton Belmar (SPR)