TAMPA, Fla. – USL League One today announced the Team of the Week for Week 18 of the 2023 regular season with Northern Colorado Hailstorm FC defender Arthur Rogers named Player of the Week presented by Konami eFootball with his three-assist match in the midst of Northern Colorado's two-win week.
Halfway through his second season in both Northern Colorado and League One, the reigning Defender of the Year has already matched his assists total across all competitions (8). The 26-year-old Londoner started his two-match week by becoming just the fifth player in League One history to tally three assists in a single match in Northern Colorado's victory in Knoxville before finishing off the week with a 2-0 victory against Omaha that saw the Hailstorm retain their position atop the league table despite playing the fewest matches across the league.
"We knew there would be a lot of space in the fullback area, so credit to the coaches and my teammates for finding me there and letting me operate," Rogers said.
"It’s a really, really proud moment," Hailstorm Head Coach Éamon Zayed said after guiding his side to the top of the table. "To reach this summit halfway through year two is a testament to everybody involved with the club. But - and this is a massive but - our goal isn’t to just be top of the league for a few weeks or even at the end of the season, our goal is to win the USL League One Final."
Northern Colorado see a week-high four players named to the Team of the Week, while North Carolina, Richmond and South Georgia earn multiple spots across the Team of the Week and Team of the Week bench. In total, 10 clubs are represented in the Week 18 edition of the list.
GK – Mitch North, Central Valley Fuego FC: Powering Fuego FC to a much-needed victory, North tallied six saves, 11 recoveries and led the league with his 0.95 goals conceded below expected.
D – Simon Fitch, Richmond Kickers: The Kickers’ hometown talent assisted Emiliano Terzaghi’s go-ahead goal against Charlotte on Saturday. The 24-year-old defender completed 89% of his passes, created a trio of chances, won 10 recoveries eight duels and was a perfect 100% on his dribbles and long balls.
D – Bruno Rendón, Northern Colorado Hailstorm FC: Rendón recorded his first professional brace and three-goal-contribution match in Knoxville on Tuesday. Across two Week 18 wins, the Cuban defender won 19 duels, recorded 11 recoveries, created three chances and completed a league-best seven dribbles.
D – Arthur Rogers, Northern Colorado Hailstorm FC: The Hailstorm’s do-it-all defender excelled in Week 18, recording just the fifth three-assist match in league history. Rogers helped Northern Colorado to a six-point week with his 18 recoveries, 12 completed long balls, five clearances, four chances created at 86% passing accuracy.
M – Mukwelle Akale, South Georgia Tormenta FC: Entering a 2-2 match in the 63rd minute, Akale tallied a 25-minute brace to lift South Georgia over Chattanooga in a 2022 USL League One Final rematch. In addition to his quick brace, Akale also won a penalty, five duels and three recoveries.
M – Angelo Kelly-Rosales, One Knoxville SC: A first professional goal for Kelly-Rosales turned into the Honduran’s first brace as Knoxville narrowly fell to Northern Colorado on Tuesday. In two Week 18 matches, Kelly-Rosales completed over 86% of his passes to go along with 12 recoveries, nine duels won, six completed long balls and five fouls won.
M – Billy King, Northern Colorado Hailstorm FC: The decorated Scottish winger scored against Knoxville on Tuesday and recorded an assist against Omaha on Saturday. The 29-year-old veteran won nine duels and tallied five recoveries in Northern Colorado’s six-point week.
M – Nil Vinyals, Richmond Kickers: Vinyals played the role of facilitator to near perfection in Richmond’s 2-2 draw with Charlotte on Saturday. The League One veteran led the league with his nine chances created and added 12 completed crosses, 10 recoveries, four duels won and two tackles won.
F – Oalex Anderson, North Carolina FC: Already matching his career-high 14 goal contributions in a single season just over halfway through the 2023 campaign, Anderson registered his second brace in three matches in NCFC’s draw with Madison. The St. Vincent and the Grenadines international’s 23-minute brace helped NCFC earn a point after training Madison 2-0 for the majority of the high-stakes contest.
F – Trevor Amann, Northern Colorado Hailstorm FC: The country’s leading scorer added to his total across two Week 18 victories for the Hailstorm, scoring the opener against Knoxville and tallying his fifth brace of the season – an all-time League One single-season record – against Omaha. Amann also won nine duels and three fouls.
F – Chevone Marsh, Chattanooga Red Wolves SC: The former Jamaica international and first-year Red Wolf recorded his third-career brace in a losing effort against Tormenta FC. Marsh won a penalty, earned seven recoveries and won four duels.
Bench: Jared Mazzola (GVL), Derek Gebhard (MAD), Deshawon Nembhard (TRM), Kingsford Adjei (TRM), Ates Diouf (LEX), Garrett McLaughlin (NC), Kazaiah Sterling (TRM)
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