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Wilmington Hammerheads' Ochoa named Player of the Week

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USL Pro News Release

TAMPA, Fla. – USL PRO named its Team of the Week for Week 4 of the 2014 season on Tuesday with Wilmington Hammerheads forward Samuel Ochoa being named Player of the Week as he scored a pair of goals and added an assist in his side's 4-3 victory against the Pittsburgh Riverhounds on Saturday night.

Ochoa, formerly of Seattle Sounders FC, played a role as the Hammerheads took the lead in the 27th minute as he held up play before passing to Steven Miller for a low finish. Ochoa then notched his first as a Hammerhead in the 58th minute as he flicked home a free kick by Daniel Lovitz to make it 3-1, and added a second from the penalty spot with 18 minutes remaining that proved to be the game-winner as the Hammerheads took victory.

Ochoa is joined in the Team of the Week attack by Sacramento Republic FC's Mike Fucito, who had a goal and an assist in his side's inaugural victory, a 3-1 win against Chivas USA on April 7. Fucito, on loan from the San Jose Earthquakes, scored the opening goal and assisted on Justin Braun's game-winner in a 3-1 win.

Republic FC was also represented by Mickey Daly, who scored a pair of goals in Sacramento's games against Orange County and the LA Galaxy II this past weekend. He is joined in the Team of the Week defense by Oklahoma City's Kyle Miller, who scored his first professional goal in a 4-0 win against Arizona United on Saturday, and the LA Galaxy II's Daniel Steres, who scored in his side's 4-2 win against OKC on April 7. Orange County's Seth Moses rounds out the quartet after a strong showing in the Blues' 2-1 win against Sacramento on Saturday.

Joining Moses in representing Orange County is Stephen Okai, whose goal proved to be the game-winner in his side's first victory of the season. Orlando City's Cobi Span also earned selection after scoring the only goal in the Lions' win against Charleston, while OKC's Adda Djeziri was named after a strong performance that was capped with a goal in the Energy's win against Arizona.

A pair of Charlotte Eagles rounded out the Team of the Week, as goalkeeper Doug Herrick was named after recording seven saves in a 2-1 victory against the Richmond Kickers, and Drew Yates earned selection as he provided the assists on both Eagles goals as they rallied for victory.

The 2014 USL PRO season continues on Tuesday night as OKC Energy FC visits the FC Dallas Reserves at 8 p.m. ET. Friday night sees another interleague contest as the Charleston Battery play host to the New York Red Bulls Reserves at 7:30 p.m. ET at Blackbaud Stadium.

Saturday night brings four games, with the Richmond Kickers set to host the Pittsburgh Riverhounds at 5 p.m. ET before the Harrisburg City Islanders host the Dayton Dutch Lions in their home opener at 7 p.m. ET. The action concludes on the west coast as Arizona United SC hosts Sacramento Republic FC at 10 p.m. ET, and the Orange County Blues SC visit the LA Galaxy II at 10:30 p.m. ET.

Every game of the 2014 USL PRO season can be seen live on YouTube, with live updates also available via Twitter (@USLPRO), Facebook and Google+. Stay up to date with news, previews and match reports from throughout the league via USLPROSoccer.com.

USL PRO Team of the Week

Honorable Mention – Arizona: Matt Kassel, Jonathan Top; Charleston: Odisnel Cooper, Zach Prince; Charlotte: Jorge Herrera, Matt Gold; Dayton: Joe Broekhuizen, Matt Walker; LA Galaxy II: Raul Mendiola, Jack McBean; Oklahoma City: Kyle Greig, Steven Perry; Orlando City: Adama Mbengue, Brad Rusin; Orange County: Allan Russell; Pittsburgh: Collins John, Kevin Kerr; Richmond: Collin Martin, George Davis IV; Rochester: J.C. Banks, Samuel Petrone; Sacramento: Dakota Collins, Max Alvarez; Wilmington: Daniel Lovitz, Paul Nicholson.

USL PRO is the strongest U.S. men's professional soccer league on and off the field below and in support of Major League Soccer (MLS). Focused on league stability and franchise performance longevity, USL PRO features 14 teams, including 2014 expansion teams in Los Angeles, Oklahoma City and Sacramento. Teams have already been announced for 2015 in Colorado Springs and Tulsa, with more additions expected soon. Through aggressive and deliberate growth in adding teams fully capable of meeting USL and US Soccer standards, USL PRO is building a robust, national professional soccer league in a format that promotes the benefits of regional league play. In 2013 USL PRO began a groundbreaking, multi-year partnership with MLS that features individual team affiliations, inter-league play, and the opportunity for MLS clubs to field a second team in USL PRO. In addition to league play, USL PRO teams compete in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup as well as various domestic and international exhibitions. USL PRO is the longest-standing pro league affiliate member of US Soccer.

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