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Three Named to USL League One Team of the Week

By Patrick Wood, 04/23/19, 3:00PM EDT

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Ackwei, Gallardo, Hughes Honored Following Win at Greenville

RICHMOND, Va. – (Tuesday, April 23, 2019) – USL League One announced on Tuesday that three Kickers players were named to the Team of the Week for Week 4: Wahab Ackwei, Joe Gallardo, and Josh Hughes. 

Ackwei is making his second appearance this season for the USL League One Team of the Week. The Ghanian defender recorded a passing percentage of 80% and 8 clearances as the Kickers picked up their second clean sheet of the season. 

Gallardo walked through the Greenville backline in solo effort to score his second goal of the season, tying for third in USL League One scoring this season. He also made six recoveries and won seven of 11 duels. 

Hughes commanded the midfield for the Kickers, winning a team high six tackles. The midfielder won 10 of 14 duels and completed 26 of 33 passes en route to the Kickers first victory of the season. 

The Kickers will return home to City Stadium next Saturday night, April 27 at 7:00 p.m. as they play host to Chattanooga Red Wolves SC and Kickers K-9 Night, presented by Impawsible Pups. The party starts when the gates open at 5:30 p.m. with drink specials for the first 30 minutes, live music from the Dirty Runaways, $2 hot dogs from Papa John’s and the first 150 dogs through the gates will receive a free dog bowl. This match will be available to stream online on ESPN+. Tickets are on sale now at RichmondKickers.com.

USL LEAGUE ONE TEAM OF THE WEEK: WEEK 4

GK – Ryan Coulter, Forward Madison FC: Coulter recorded six saves to help Madison claim its first victory in club history on the road against Orlando City B.

D – Connor Antley, South Georgia Tormenta FC: Antley’s goal helped spark Tormenta FC’s comeback bid against Chattanooga, and he also completed 77 of 82 passes, recorded two key passes and made three interceptions.

D – Wahab Ackwei, Richmond Kickers: Ackwei was at the center of the Kickers’ shutout in Greenville as he recorded five interceptions, made 10 recoveries and won 5 of 6 duels.

D – Matheus Silva, Orlando City B: Silva won 10 of 14 duels, completed 49 of 62 passes and made seven recoveries in a solid individual display against Forward Madison FC.

D – Shaun Russell, Forward Madison FC: Russell scored what proved to be the winning goal for the Flamingos, and also won 6 of 7 duels and recorded three interceptions defensively in Orlando.

M – Tyler Polak, Greenville Triumph SC: Polak put in a strong two-way performance as he recorded three key passes, completed 29 of 33 passes overall, recorded 10 recoveries and won 6 of 9 duels.

M – Josh Hughes, Richmond Kickers: Hughes tied for the team high with five interceptions, won 10 of 14 duels and completed 26 of 33 passes as the Kickers won their first game of the 2019 season.

M – Jonathan Caparelli, Chattanooga Red Wolves SC: Caparelli had one assist and two key passes while completing 17 of 21 passes overall and recording three recoveries in the Red Wolves’ victory against Tormenta FC.

M – Josiel Núñez, Forward Madison FC: Núñez played a key role in both of Madison’s goals, including scoring the first tally in the club’s history, as the Flamingos won on the road against Orlando.

F – Steven Beattie, Chattanooga Red Wolves SC: Beattie scored twice to lead the Red Wolves past Tormenta FC, and also completed 13 of 17 passes overall.

F – Joe Gallardo, Richmond Kickers: Gallardo produced a fine individual goal to earn the Kickers their first win of the regular season while also winning 7 of 11 duels and recording six recoveries.