TAMPA, Fla. – USL League One today announced the Team of the Week for Week 10 of the 2023 regular season with the Richmond Kickers’ João Gomiero named Player of the Week presented by Konami eFootball with his three-goal week.
Joining the Richmond Kickers in the offseason, Gomiero is enjoying a hot start to his first full professional season. The 25-year-old São Paulo, Brazil native scored three times across two Week 10 matches for the Kickers, tripling his previous career-high of goals in a single professional season.
Gomiero opened his 2023 account with a long-range, lofted goal to open the scoring against North Carolina on Wednesday before following it up with a quick far-post finish to double the visitors’ advantage in Cary. The Brazilian closed out his week with a similar goal to his second in North Carolina, slotting a low ball to the far post to extend the Richmond advantage over Lexington on Saturday evening.
"It felt amazing because I felt we've had really good games at home and it was frustrating to go a couple of games without scoring," Gomiero said following the win over Lexington. "It was such a big game for us coming back from two games on the road and scoring the second goal which opened up the lead. With so many people in the stadium, so many familiar faces, it was just a great feeling. It feels amazing to be a part of history now."
"Thank you, Richmond. It's so awesome that we packed the stands again," Richmond Head Coach and Sporting Director Darren Sawatzky said. "This was a really tough week for us. We played three really good halves before this [game against Lexington]. What happened at NCFC is not characteristic of this group so the guys needed a response. It wasn't perfect but both of the goals were good today and we met some metrics that we really wanted to meet in the game. It was a good day."
One Knoxville SC’s six-point Week 10 sees the expansion side lead the way with three starters named to the Team of the Week, while North Carolina, Northern Colorado and Richmond join Knoxville with multiple players represented as starters or bench players. Nine of the 12 teams in action in Week 10 are represented in the Team of the Week.
GK - Sean Lewis, One Knoxville SC: Across two Week 10 victories for Knoxville, Lewis kept one clean sheet, allowed just one goal through 180 minutes and secured three saves.
D - Gabriel Claudio, One Knoxville SC: Claudio scored his first professional goal on Saturday to go along with 12 duels won, eight recoveries, three clearances and three interceptions.
D - Jalen Crisler, One Knoxville SC: Across two Week 10 victories, Crisler led the league with four interceptions and added to Knoxville’s six-point week with 11 clearances, 10 recoveries, six duels won and three fouls won.
D - Fabrice Ngah, Charlotte Independence: In his first full League One match, the former Cameroon international won nine duels, earned five recoveries, recorded three recoveries and tallied a pair of chances created in Charlotte's victory over rival NCFC.
D - Lucky Opara, Northern Colorado Hailstorm FC: The Nigerian defender helped the Hailstorm to their fourth clean sheet of the season with three clearances, two recoveries and an additional three chances created.
M - Alexis Cerritos, Central Valley Fuego FC: Cerritos led Fuego FC to a much-needed victory with a goal, penalty won and a league-leading 0.85 goals-added mark, according to American Soccer Analysis. The former El Salvador international also won nine duels and four fouls.
M - Moe Espinoza, Chattanooga Red Wolves SC: Proving incredibly efficient in just 45 minutes on the pitch across two Week 10 matches, Espinoza tallied two assists to go along with five fouls won, five duels won, three chances created and a league-best six completed crosses.
M - João Gomiero, Richmond Kickers: The São Paulo native bagged a trio of goals across two Week 10 matches for the Kickers. In 156 minutes, Gomiero also maintained a passing accuracy of over 85%, earned 12 recoveries and won six duels.
M - Louis Perez, North Carolina FC: Over two Week 10 contests, Perez scored once and assisted once for NCFC. The French midfielder won 10 duels, earned six recoveries and created a pair of chances.
F - Trevor Amann, Northern Colorado Hailstorm FC: Notching his second brace in three matches, Amann scored a pair of goals and won a penalty in the Hailstorm’s 2-0 victory in Madison. The 25-year-old striker also won seven duels and two fouls.
F - Oalex Anderson, North Carolina FC: The Saint Vincent and the Grenadines international scored in each of NCFC’s two Week 10 matches while also winning seven duels and three fouls.
Bench: Lalo Delgado (NCO), Nathan Aune (RIC), David Garcia (NC), Luis Gil (OMA), Angelo Kelly-Rosales (KNX), Arthur Bosua (TRM), Garrett McLaughlin (NC)