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Wilmington’s Roberts Named Player of the Week

Quillan Roberts (Source: Hammerheads) Quillan Roberts (Source: Hammerheads)

Hammerheads Press Release:

TAMPA, Fla. – USL PRO named its Team of the Week for Week 18 of the 2014 season on Tuesday as Wilmington Hammerheads FC goalkeeper Quillan Roberts was named Player of the Week. Roberts recorded back-to-back shutouts as Wilmington claimed four points from its trip to the northeast, which moved the club into sixth place in the USL PRO standings.

Roberts, on loan from Toronto FC, made excellent saves in both games against the Harrisburg City Islanders and Rochester Rhinos. Against Harrisburg he denied a fine shot from Antoine Hoppenot with 15 minutes remaining to earn the Hammerheads a 0-0 draw, and in Rochester his full-stretch save of Donnie Smith's effort kept the game scoreless ahead of Jordan Hamilton's game-winner in a 1-0 victory.

Arizona United SC earned a pair of selections to the Team of the Week as midfielder Matt Kassel and forward Long Tan were both named. Kassel had a pair of strong performances as United took four points from two games that was capped by an excellent goal in a 3-0 win against the Orange County Blues FC. Tan hit the ground running with his new side, scoring in both of his first two appearances.

Tan was joined in the Team of the Week attack by Richmond's Jason Yeisley and Charlotte's David Estrada. Yeisley had a goal and an assist as the Kickers took victory against Charleston on Saturday, while Seattle Sounders loanee Estrada helped the Eagles rally for victory against the Dayton Dutch Lions with a goal and an assist of his own.

Pittsburgh's Joseph Ngwenya leads the remaining midfield selections after his two assists led the Riverhounds to a 2-0 win against Charlotte Thursday night. The LA Galaxy II's Raul Mendiola also earned selection as his goal earned Los Dos a 1-0 win against OKC Energy FC, which had Michael Thomas named to the side after his late penalty kick earned OKC a 1-1 draw against Arizona.

The Team of the Week's defensive trio is led by Sacramento Republic FC's Michael Daly, who was key to a pair of shutouts against Charlotte and Orlando. The Lions' Tyler Turner also earned selection after a strong performance on the right against Sacramento, while Harrisburg's Coady Roberts completes the group after helping shut down Wilmington's attack in a 0-0 draw last Friday.

The USL PRO season continues on Tuesday night as the Charleston Battery host the Richmond Kickers in one of the longest-standing rivalries in U.S. soccer. Wednesday night brings a key clash in the race for the playoffs as OKC Energy FC visit the Harrisburg City Islanders, while Sunday is expected to bring a new record for total attendance in a USL PRO season as Sacramento Republic FC host the Pittsburgh Riverhounds.

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: Paolo DelPiccolo, London Woodberry; Charleston: Jarad van Schaik; Charlotte: Alec Kann, Jorge Herrera; Dayton: Matt Walker, Guilherme Felix; Harrisburg: Antoine Hoppenot; LA Galaxy II: Cody Laurendi, Rafael Garcia; Oklahoma City: Javier Castro, Mark Howard; Orange County: Stephen Okai: Orlando City: Adama Mbengue, Rob Valentino; Pittsburgh: Anthony Arena, Kevin Kerr; Richmond Kickers: Conor Shanosky, George Davis IV; Rochester: Donnie Smith; Sacramento: Jake Gleeson, Emrah Klimenta; Wilmington: Jordan Hamilton, Steven Miller.

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 Austin, Colorado Springs, Louisville, St. Louis 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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