TAMPA, Fla. - USL League One announced on Monday the Team of the Week Presented by Cleer Audio for Week 8 of the 2021 regular season, with Forward Madison FC defender Connor Tobin named Player of the Week after scoring his side’s game-winning goal against South Georgia Tormenta FC and contributing to a clean sheet in a notable victory against Union Omaha.
Tobin played an integral role as Madison moved into second place in the League One standings with a pair of victories. In Wednesday’s win over Union Omaha, he won five duels and made three clearances as the Flamingos became the first team to defeat los Búhos this season. The 34-year-old center back then captained the side to a comeback win against Tormenta, powering in a header from a corner kick and winning 6 of his 8 duels on the night.
Madison’s two impressive wins see the Flamingos lead all clubs with four players selected to Week 8’s Team of the Week.
GK - Earl Edwards Jr., New England Revolution II: Edwards Jr. preserved his team’s victory on multiple occasions on Friday, making five saves - one of which came on a penalty kick - to post a clean sheet as the Revolution II beat Fort Lauderdale CF 1-0.
D - Connor Tobin, Forward Madison FC: Tobin has been at the heart of Madison’s three-game winning streak, having played every minute of the team’s 2021 campaign so far. His defensive play, as well as his first goal of the year on Saturday, are big reasons why the Flamingos have conceded only two goals in four games and have risen to second place in the table.
D - Pierre Cayet, New England Revolution II: Cayet headed home the lone goal of the game in New England’s Friday night win, and won nine duels to help his team keep a clean sheet.
D - Christian Díaz, Forward Madison FC: Díaz was excellent in Madison’s win over Omaha on Wednesday, winning two tackles and 7 of 9 duels while making four interceptions. He followed that up with another solid outing against Tormenta, winning six duels and making three clearances.
D - Maximiliano Schenfeld, FC Tucson: In both of Tucson’s away wins last week, the team had to hold a 2-1 lead for a large portion of the match. Schenfeld was integral to doing so both times - across the two games, he compiled 13 duels won, nine clearances, six interceptions, and two chances created.
M - Justin Sukow, Forward Madison FC: Sukow scored Madison’s winner against Omaha in his first professional start, and assisted Jake Keegan for the Flamingos’ third goal against Tormenta. His assist to Keegan was one of four chances he created in Saturday’s contest, the most of any player.
M - Jake Rozhansky, New England Revolution II: Rozhansky was the midfield engine for New England on Friday, completing a game-high 56 passes at a 95 percent success rate. He assisted Cayet for the only goal of the match, created five chances in total and won 6 of 9 duels.
M - José Carrera García, Chattanooga Red Wolves SC: Carrera Garcia’s creative flick set up Ricky Ruiz for a simple tap-in to level the score in Chattanooga’s 2-1 win over Richmond on Saturday, providing the platform for the comeback victory. In addition to that assist, the midfielder passed at an 86 percent success rate while creating two chances and making two tackles.
M - Aaron Molloy, Forward Madison FC: Madison Head Coach Carl Craig has sung the praises of Molloy recently, and after last week’s performances, it’s easy to see why. The Irishman created six chances across FMFC’s two games, and picked up the assist for Connor Tobin’s winner on Saturday with a pinpoint corner kick delivery.
F - Deri Corfe, FC Tucson: Corfe put in two top performances last week. In Wednesday’s win over Toronto FC II, he scored the game-winning goal while passing at a 91 percent success rate and winning 5 of 6 duels. He was back at it again on Saturday, creating three chances, winning 9 of 12 duels, and completing five successful dribbles.
F - Ricky Ruiz, Chattanooga Red Wolves SC: Ruiz scored his team’s equalizer against Richmond on Saturday, and was a constant thorn in the side of the opposition defense. He drew five fouls to lead all players in the match, and created two scoring chances.