TAMPA, Fla. – USL League One today announced the Team of the Week for Week 13 of the 2023 regular season with Richmond Kickers forward Emiliano Terzaghi named Player of the Week presented by Konami eFootball with his two-goal Week 13. Terzaghi (2021, 2022, 2023) joins fellow Kicker Nil Vinyals (2020, 2021, 2022) as the only player in league history to be named Player of the Week in three separate seasons.
Following Richmond's first shutout loss of the season at the hands of Northern Colorado on Wednesday, Terzaghi was integral to the Kickers' bounce-back victory in Fresno. The league's all-time leading scorer got the action started for the visiting Kickers when he won a penalty in the 50th minute of the contest. After converting the penalty in the 52nd minute to draw the Kickers level, Terzaghi pulled out an emphatic winner in the 71st minute, chesting down a ball and hitting it sweetly on the volley to seal the victory.
"It was a week of a lot of work and effort from the team since we had two road games out west in just a few days," Terzaghi said. "It’s always good to help the team get points to keep moving toward our season goals."
"We are happy for Emi getting on the score sheet again this week," Head Coach and Sporting Director Darren Sawatzky said. "He has worked incredibly hard to find goals this season."
Madison lead all clubs with three starters on the Team of the Week following a two-match Week 13, while Northern Colorado and Chattanooga also place multiple starters on the Team of the Week. In total, 10 of the 11 clubs in action in Week 13 earn representation on the Team of the Week.
GK - Amal Knight, Lexington SC: The Jamaica international set a new club record of nine saves in a single match, topping his previous record of six set less than a month prior. Knight conceded a week-best 1.80 goals less than expected.
D - Jake Crull, Forward Madison FC: In addition to scoring his first goal with Madison in the ‘Mingos’ big 3-0 victory over NCFC, Crull totaled 14 completed long balls, 12 duels won, 10 recoveries, five clearances and four chances created in two Week 13 contests.
D - Lucky Opara, Northern Colorado Hailstorm FC: Opara helped the Hailstorm to four points and two clean sheets in Week 13 with his assist against Richmond, 13 recoveries, 10 long balls completed, six duels won and four chances created.
D - Bruno Rendón, Northern Colorado Hailstorm FC: The Cuban fullback was solid for Northern Colorado in Week 13 and helped the Hailstorm to a pair of clean sheets with his 15 recoveries, 10 duels won, eight clearances, seven completed long balls and a 0.46 goals-added figure, according to American Soccer Analysis - the most among defenders.
M - José Carrera-García, Central Valley Fuego FC: The 2022 USL League One All-League First Team selection found the back of the net for the first time in a Fuego FC shirt. The veteran Mexican midfielder proved efficient in just his fourth full match of the season, completing over 93% of his 47 passes, earning five recoveries and creating a pair of chances to register a 0.39 goals-added figure, according to American Soccer Analysis - the most among midfielders.
M - Chevone Marsh, Chattanooga Red Wolves SC: Early in his first professional season in the United States, the former Jamaica international scored his second goal of the season on Wednesday and added seven duels won and five successful dribbles to his impressive outing.
M - Isidro Martínez, Forward Madison FC: In addition to assisting Stephen Payne’s match-winning goal against first-place North Carolina, Martínez led the league with seven tackles won and added 12 duels won, 11 recoveries, seven successful crosses and five chances created across two Week 13 matches.
M - Wolfgang Prentice, Forward Madison FC: The 23-year-old Oakland Roots SC loanee bagged another League One goal in his second loan stint in the league, helping Madison to a big victory over NCFC on Saturday. In 134 minutes of Week 13 action, Prentice totaled 11 recoveries, four chances created, three duels won and two successful crosses.
F - Ropapa Mensah, Chattanooga Red Wolves SC: The USL Championship veteran and former Ghana youth international was one of two players on the week to tally two goal contributions. The first-year Red Wolf scored the match-winner, added an assist, won nine duels and completed five dribbles in Chattanooga’s impressive victory over Madison.
F - Kazaiah Sterling, South Georgia Tormenta FC: The former England youth international and 2022 USL League One Final MVP is starting to heat up in just his third match back from injury. The Ibis captain scored his second goal from the spot in as many matches to help Tormenta FC record a draw and totaled six chances created, three duels won and an 88% passing accuracy.
F - Emiliano Terzaghi, Richmond Kickers: The league’s all-time leading scorer tallied his league-leading ninth career brace to help Richmond overcome a 1-0 deficit on Saturday in Fresno. The Argentine forward registered seven duels won and four fouls won across 171 minutes of play.
Bench: Sean Lewis (KNX), Leo Folla (NCO), Cesar Murillo, Jr. (LEX), Lyam MacKinnon (GVL), Stephen Payne (MAD), Ates Diouf (LEX), Noe Meza (OMA)
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