TAMPA, Fla. – USL League One today announced the Team of the Week for Week 5 of the 2023 regular season with Lexington SC defender Owen Green named Player of the Week presented by Konami eFootball after netting the match-winning goal against his former club to secure Lexington’s first-ever win.
After developing with South Georgia Tormenta FC 2 in USL League Two in 2021 and eventually making his professional debut in South Georgia Tormenta FC’s League One title-winning 2022 campaign, the 24-year-old English defender joined Lexington SC ahead of the side’s inaugural 2023 season. In his first meeting with Tormenta FC since departing the club, Green scored his first professional goal in match-winning fashion to help Lexington to its first-ever victory.
Green got in on the action early, clearing a ball off the line to prevent South Georgia from opening the scoring in the 11th minute. His biggest contribution came late in the second half, as the Leicester native gathered a long Phila Dlamini cross in the 71st minute and headed the ball over the Tormenta FC goalkeeper and beyond a sliding defender to seal the victory for the home side.
“I’m honored to be named Player of the week, and very happy to score my first professional goal,” Green said. “Getting our first win was something all of Lexington was anticipating and to do it at home, in front of our fans, makes this moment even more special.”
“Full credit to Owen on this honor,” Lexington Head Coach Sam Stockley said. “It was another fantastic performance from him, and the fact he was able to get his first goal and save another off the line was special. His performances have been getting better and better. He has an amazing attitude, and he embraces the work and everything we're teaching.”
Forward Madison FC placed four starters on the Team of the Week following its big 4-1 victory over Greenville Triumph SC, while Knoxville, Omaha and North Carolina earned spots on the Team of the Week and the Team of the Week Bench. Nine of the 10 clubs in action during Week 5 were represented on the Team of the Week or Team of the Week Bench.
GK – Bernd Schipmann, Forward Madison FC: Named to the Team of the Week for the second consecutive week, Schipmann recorded the first penalty save of the season and racked up five total saves in Madison’s massive 4-1 win over Greenville.
D – Jacob Crull, Forward Madison FC: Limiting the opposition to just one goal, Crull tallied seven recoveries, three clearances and two tackles won on the defensive side to go along with his four shots and one chance created on the offensive side.
D – Owen Green, Lexington SC: Green recorded his first professional goal to serve as the match-winner in Lexington’s first-ever victory, all of which came against his former club. The English defender earned four recoveries, completed 70% of his passes and made a dramatic goal-line clearance early in the match.
D – Derek Waldeck, One Knoxville SC: Waldeck created a quartet of chances and completed 75% of his passes in Knoxville’s Wednesday evening draw. The defender also dished out five corners, earned four recoveries and dribbled past three opposing players.
M – Villyan Bijev, Central Valley Fuego FC: Bijev proved incredibly efficient in Fuego FC’s 1-1 draw in Knoxville, winning the match-tying penalty, drawing five fouls, securing four recoveries and completing 100% of his tackles, dribbles and duels.
M – Joe Gallardo, Union Omaha: Following a three-year stint in Mexico, the former League One and U.S. Youth National Team talent recorded his first goal for Omaha on a set piece. Gallardo also won 80% of his duels, completed 100% of his dribbles and created a pair of chances.
M – Derek Gebhard, Forward Madison FC: Gebhard matched his scoring total from 2022 with his 12th-minute goal in Madison’s big victory on Saturday. The veteran winger contributed to the ‘Mingo win with an additional seven recoveries, four accurate long balls and two fouls won.
M – Jackson Khoury, South Georgia Tormenta FC: After winning the match-tying penalty early in the second half, the 20-year-old Australian converted from the spot to tally his second goal in as many matches. Khoury also added a combined 11 duels and tackles won to go along with four recoveries.
M – Louis Perez, North Carolina FC: Perez scored his first goal for North Carolina in match-winning fashion on Saturday. The French midfielder also earned seven recoveries, won three fouls and completed 100% of his dribbles.
F – Christian Chaney, Forward Madison FC: Chaney scored his second goal of the season in the 55th minute to capitalize on a fantastic Madison counter attack. The veteran forward added six clearances and won 100% of his six aerials duels.
F – Jake Keegan, One Knoxville SC: Now the second-highest scorer in league history, Keegan netted his 24th regular season League One goal to help Knoxville to a 1-1 draw against Central Valley. The veteran striker also recorded seven recoveries, two chances created and won 70% of his duels.
Bench: Sean Lewis (KNX), Nathan Aune (RIC), Junior Palacios (OMA), Nico Brown (LEX), Mauro Cichero (MAD), Noah Pilato (GVL), Oalex Anderson (NC)