TAMPA, Fla. – USL League One today announced the Team of the Week for Week 24 of the 2023 regular season with Forward Madison FC forward Christian Chaney named Player of the Week presented by Konami eFootball with his seventh career brace in his homecoming match against Central Valley.
Having already drawn level following a quick Central Valley start, Chaney won the penalty in a 1-1 match just 14 minutes into the contest, slotting home his first career penalty kick goal in the 16th minute. Things took a turn later in the match, though, as Central Valley found themselves up a man and up two goals with a 4-2 lead just after halftime. Led by Chaney, the 'Mingos mounted an impressive comeback, highlighted by Chaney's equalizing score in the 83rd minute against his former club and in front of his hometown supporters.
"We’re going to fight until the end and go until we have nothing left to give because that’s the character of the team," Chaney said. "It was a blessing, for me, to not only help the team tonight but to do so in front of my family and hometown."
"We’ll have to regroup, recover and see what things we can improve upon," said FMFC Head Coach Matt Glaeser. "I’m really proud of the way we fought back against the odds and finished with a big point on the road."
High-scoring, eventful weeks for Chattanooga, Northern Colorado and South Georgia see the trio place three starters on the Team of the Week, while eight teams earn representation across the Week 24 Team of the Week and Team of the Week bench.
GK - Lalo Delgado, Northern Colorado Hailstorm FC: Across two Week 24 matches, Delgado guided the Hailstorm to a four point week with his nine saves and week-high 1.29 goals added, according to American Soccer Analysis.
D - Nicolás Cardona, Chattanooga Red Wolves SC: In two matches for the Red Wolves, Cardona recorded one goal, 17 duels won, 11 recoveries and three interceptions all while completing over 82% of his 86 passes.
D - David Garcia, North Carolina FC: Enjoying a productive first professional season, Garcia netted his first professional goal for NCFC on Saturday. The Spanish defender also tallied seven recoveries, five duels and two fouls won.
D - Bruno Rendón, Northern Colorado Hailstorm FC: Rendón’s breakout season continued as the Cuban defender recorded his fourth goal of the season in match-winning fashion against NCFC on Saturday. Rendón added eight duels won and five recoveries to his sides big Week 24 victory.
M - Pedro Hernandez, Chattanooga Red Wolves SC: The second-year Red Wolf tallied a pair of assists across two Week 24 matches and added 14 recoveries, seven duels won and five chances created to Chattanooga’s high-scoring Week 24.
M - Ropapa Mensah, Chattanooga Red Wolves SC: Mensah has enjoyed a career resurgence in Chattanooga, bagging his third career brace in Saturday’s eight-goal thriller against Tormenta FC. The Ghanaian totaled 14 duels won, three recoveries, three duels won and a pair of chances created across two matches.
M - Tobias Otieno, South Georgia Tormenta FC: Otieno’s production has continued in his second season in Statesboro. The back-to-back League One champion registered one assist to go along with his 11 duels won, 10 recoveries, seven fouls won, three blocks and 81% passing accuracy.
M - Arthur Rogers, Northern Colorado Hailstorm FC: Now just two shy of setting the League One record for most assists in a single season, Rogers provided a pair of helpers across a pair of Week 24 contests for Northern Colorado. The Londoner also added 13 recoveries, nine duels won, six duels won, five chances created, two blocks and completed 87% of his 102.
F - Christian Chaney, Forward Madison FC: Chaney confirmed his seventh career brace in a homecoming match against his former side, Central Valley Fuego FC. The Fresno native guided a 10-man ‘Mingo squad to a 4-4 draw in his hometown and added 12 duels won, four fouls won and one penalty won.
F - Pedro Fonseca, South Georgia Tormenta FC: Fonseca recorded two goals, and across two Week 24 matches, tallied six recoveries, three duels won and completed over 80% of his passes.
F - Kazaiah Sterling, South Georgia Tormenta FC: The lone player in Week 24 to accumulate three goals, Sterling also won a pair of penalties, created three chances, won 11 duels, seven fouls and four recoveries.
Bench: Ian McGrane (OMA), Dani Fernández (KNX), Pierre Da Silva (MAD), Jonathan Filipe (CHA), Trevor Amann (NCO), Jacob Labovitz (GVL), Chevone Marsh (CHA)