TAMPA, Fla. – USL League One today announced the Team of the Week for Week 15 of the 2023 regular season with Greenville Triumph SC attacker Lyam MacKinnon named Player of the Week presented by Konami eFootball with his record-breaking four-goal performance against Chattanooga on Wednesday.
Already enjoying a respectable start to his first professional season after developing with his hometown Swiss Super League club FC Lausanne–Sport and later NCAA power Villanova University, the Swiss attacker made League One history on Wednesday, notching the league’s first-ever haul. What’s more, the 23-year-old’s 13-minute hat trick before bagging his fourth of the evening was the fastest in league history.
"First of all, it was a great team performance," MacKinnon said. "We really showed up as a team here and we got the first goal early. After we scored, we respond really well. It was a great team goal – I was just there at the finish on the second one - but it was a great combination. Overall, it was a great team performance defensively too, so this was really a great team win tonight."
"Lyam has transitioned well into his first season as a professional," Greenville Head Coach John Harkes said. "We are so delighted with his record-breaking accomplishments. Great to build on!"
In total, eight of the 11 teams in action in Week 15 placed at least one starter on the Team of the Week, with Greenville, Knoxville and Omaha placed multiple starters on the Team of the Week after their unbeaten Week 15 performances.
GK - Rashid Nuhu, Union Omaha: Across an unbeaten, two-match week for Omaha, the defending Goalkeeper of the Year made five saves and recorded a clean sheet against South Georgia on Saturday.
D - Jake Crull, Forward Madison FC: The first-year 'Mingo defender scored his second goal in three matches and helped Madison on to victory with his five clearances, five recoveries, three duels won and 85% passing accuracy.
D - Avionne Flanagan, Charlotte Independence: In his first season in League One, the former USL Championship man notched his second assist of the season and added five duels won, four chances created, four recoveries, two clearances and two interceptions.
D - Marco Milanese, Union Omaha: Helping Omaha to its first unbeaten multi-match week since Week 23 of the 2022 season, Milanese tallied a league-high 24 recoveries across two matches to go along with 12 duels won, seven clearances, six interceptions, six completed long balls and three chances created.
D - Derek Waldeck, One Knoxville SC: Adding his third assist of the season to tack onto his team-leading three on the season, Waldeck won 13 duels, reeled in 13 recoveries, completed nine long passes and created seven chances in Knoxville’s two-point, two-match week.
M - Nico Brown, Lexington SC: Enjoying his most productive professional season and leading Lexington in scoring, the 24-year-old winger recorded his first professional brace in his side’s narrow loss to Madison. Brown also completed 95% of his passes, completed 100% of his dribbles, won five duels and earned three recoveries on the day.
M - Billy King, Northern Colorado Hailstorm FC: King scored his third match-winning goal of the season on Saturday against Central Valley, bumping his scoring total up to four in his first season in Windsor. The decorated Scottish veteran also completed 93% of his passes, earned eight recoveries, won seven duels, created a quartet of chances and won four fouls.
M - Lyam MacKinnon, Greenville Triumph SC: The first player in League One history to tally four goals in a single match, MacKinnon exploded for the league’s first haul in only his first professional season. The Swiss attacker also added three recoveries and two tackles won in just 78 minutes of play.
F - Leo Castro, Greenville Triumph SC: The veteran Colombian scored his fifth goal of the season and the fifth goal of the match in Greenville’s 5-1 dismantling of visiting Chattanooga. Castro also won 14 duels, six clearances and six recoveries and is off to his most productive season since his 2018-19 campaign with Kaizer Chiefs in the South African Premiership.
F - Ilija Ilić, One Knoxville SC: The veteran USL Championship goalscorer and Knoxville player-coach has tallied three scores through just six matches this season following a pair of clutch match-tying goals in Omaha on Wednesday and Richmond on Saturday across just 69 minutes of Week 15 action.
F - Emiliano Terzaghi, Richmond Kickers: The league’s all-time leading scorer added to his tally with his league-leading 10th Richmond brace on Saturday, simultaneously becoming the first player in league history to score 50 regular season goals. Terzaghi also won four recoveries, four duels and a crucial penalty kick which he went on to convert.
Bench: Lalo Delgado (NCO), Jordan Skelton (KNX), James Thomas (KNX), Rayan Djédjé (CLT), JP Scearce (OMA), Arthur Rogers (NCO), Christian Chaney (MAD)