RICHMOND, VA – (Tuesday, July 25, 2017) – The United Soccer League announced today that Kickers midfielder Samuel Asante was named to the USL Team of the Week for Week 18.
Asante scored the game winning goal in the Kickers 3-2 victory over Bethlehem Steel FC Saturday night. He looked to play a cross in for Franck Tayou as a Steel FC defender headed back into Asante’s path. He just needed to take a touch and then shot to the far post from the right side of the field to net the game winner.
Now in his fourth season in Richmond, Asante has scored four goals and added five assists in 97 appearances. He joined the Kickers prior to the 2014 season after one season with the Charlotte Eagles where he made 21 appearances.
The Kickers return to action Wednesday night on the road at the Charlotte Independence at 7:00 p.m. The match will be available live on the USL Match Center. They will be back at City Stadium this Saturday to host Saint Louis FC and the Craft Beer Fest. The party starts at 5:30 p.m. with live music from the Folly, RVA food trucks, local breweries and over 30 craft beers on tap. Then the Kickers take the field at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are on sale now at RichmondKickers.com.
USL TEAM OF THE WEEK
GK – Kendall McIntosh, Portland Timbers 2: McIntosh recorded seven saves against Reno 1868 FC on Saturday to allow T2 to earn a 1-1 draw at Greater Nevada Field.
D – Oscar Jimenez, Louisville City FC: Jimenez recorded a goal and assist as Louisville rallied from a halftime deficit to take a 4-1 victory against Saint Louis FC on Saturday to retain the Kings’ Cup.
D – Parker Maher, Swope Park Rangers: Maher won 19 regular and aerial duels and notched four tackles and three interceptions as SPR earned a 2-0 victory against Seattle Sounders FC 2.
D – Jordan Burt, Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC: Burt scored twice for the Switchbacks as their comeback effort against OKC Energy FC at Taft Stadium came up just short.
M – Alex Morrell, Tampa Bay Rowdies: Morrell had an assist and created three other scoring chances while providing positive energy to the Rowdies’ attack in a 2-0 win against the Charleston Battery.
M – Juan Pablo Caffa, Tulsa Roughnecks FC: Caffa provided one assist, created two more scoring chances and helped run the center of the field for the Roughnecks in a 3-0 win against Phoenix Rising FC.
M – Samuel Asante, Richmond Kickers: Asante scored the game-winning goal and completed 51 of 57 passes in midfield to marshal the Kickers to victory against Bethlehem Steel FC.
M – Miguel Gonzalez, OKC Energy FC: Gonzalez had two goals and one assist as Energy FC took a 4-3 victory against Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC on Saturday night.
F – Jose Angulo, OKC Energy FC: Angulo scored his first two goals for Energy FC and added an assist as OKC notched an exciting 4-3 victory against Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC.
F – Djiby Fall, FC Cincinnati: Fall scored the opening goal of the game and then provided the assist on FCC’s second in a 3-0 victory against the Harrisburg City Islanders on Saturday night.
F – Sammy Ochoa, Sacramento Republic FC: Ochoa recorded assists on both goals and also created two more scoring opportunities as Republic FC took a 2-0 victory against Seattle Sounders FC 2 on Sunday.
Bench: Brandon Miller (HAR), Max Lachowecki (SLC), Oumar Ballo (SPR), Devin Vega (SA), Dusan Stevanovic (OC), Vincent Bezecourt (NY), Gio Calixtro (POR)
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