TAMPA, Fla. – USL League One today announced the Team of the Week for Week 10 of the 2022 regular season with Forward Madison FC forward Nazeem Bartman named Player of the Week. Bartman scored his third goal of the season and added his first assist in Madison’s 2-1 victory over FC Tucson.
Treating the over 2,500 Flamingo fans at Breese Stevens Field to their first home victory of the season, Forward Madison FC downed FC Tucson 2-1 on Saturday evening, avenging its late draw conceded to the side earlier in the season. Nazeem Bartman proved to be the difference maker, with a strong strike to open the scoring in the 30th minute before providing a chested assist on Abdou Thiam’s match winner in the 50th minute.
“We were able to close it out tonight and take a step in the right direction,” Forward Madison FC Head Coach Matt Glaeser said after the victory.
Richmond’s four-point, two-match week means a quartet of Kickers are placed on the Team of the Week, followed by a pair of representatives each from Forward Madison FC, Greenville Triumph SC and South Georgia Tormenta FC. Union Omaha’s victory over Chattanooga sees the side place one on the list to round out the 11.
GK – Paul Christensen, Greenville Triumph SC: Tied for the league lead in clean sheets with four, Christensen added to his tally with a shutout victory over Charlotte that saw the goalkeeper record a trio of saves.
D – Nathan Aune, Richmond Kickers: The first of a handful of standout Richmond defenders, Aune recorded his first professional goal and assist in the span of two matches. The 25-year-old defender also added 13 clearances, eight recoveries, five interceptions and four blocks to his strong week.
D – Jalen Crisler, Richmond Kickers: Crisler recorded his first two professional goals in two Week 10 matches. The defender also tallied 14 recoveries and 10 clearances.
D – Joshua Phelps, South Georgia Tormenta FC: Phelps complemented his 94% passing accuracy by completing 100% of his dribbles and 80% of his long balls. Additionally, Phelps gathered 14 recoveries and two interceptions.
D – Stuart Ritchie, Richmond Kickers: The former United States Youth National Team defender scored the first senior-level goal of his career against Tormenta FC. In two matches in Week 10, Ritchie completed five long balls, won five duels and created one chance.
M – Joe Brito, Union Omaha: Only in his first professional season, Brito scored his first goal in league play against Chattanooga. In addition to his second-minute match winner, Brito recorded three recoveries and won a pair of fouls.
M – Ethan Bryant, Richmond Kickers: In just his fifth league match of the season, Bryant recorded a pair of assists on corner kick services and created a trio of chances against Chattanooga on Wednesday. In his five seasons as a professional, the 20-year-old midfielder had never previously recorded more than one assist in a single match.
M – Michael Maldonado, Forward Madison FC: Maldonado recorded his first professional assist in his first season with Madison. The 23-year-old ‘Mingo also registered four chances created and three fouls won while completing over 93% of his passes.
M – Don Smart, Greenville Triumph SC: Smart scored his first League One goal of the season and added to Greenville's victory with eight recoveries, three chances created and an 80% ground duel success rate.
F – Nazeem Bartman, Forward Madison FC: The 28-year-old South African recorded a goal and assist in the same match for this first time in his six-year professional career. In addition to his goal and assist, Bartman tallied five recoveries, four shots and one block.
F – Kazaiah Sterling, South Georgia Tormenta FC: Sterling recorded a multi-assist match for the first time since doing so with the Tottenham Hotspur FC U-18's in 2017. The 23-year-old striker also won four fouls, completed 100% of his dribbles and won eight of nine ground duels.