TAMPA, Fla. – USL League One today announced the Team of the Week for Week 30 of the 2023 regular season with Union Omaha forward Steevan Dos Santos named Player of the Week presented by Konami eFootball with his four goals across the Owls' six-point week.
Leading Omaha's push for the Players' Shield, Dos Santos scored four goals in Week 30 to confirm his highest-scoring professional season since 2015. The former Cape Verde international and 11th-highest goalscorer in USL Championship history kicked off the week with a 29-minute hat trick - just the second of his career and first since his trifecta for Ullensaker/Kisa IL in the 2013 Norwegian Football Cup - to propel the Owls to a 4-1 victory over Charlotte on Wednesday before adding a goal in Omaha's 4-0 thrashing of the defending champions in Statesboro.
"Everything I do, I do for the team," Dos Santos said. "I'm happy that I could help the team score and earn another win, as well."
"Steevan is a great player," Union Omaha Head Coach Dominic Casciato said. "I think he's gone from strength to strength. You know, the more he’s been with us, he's a leader. He's won everywhere he's been and there's a reason why he's had the career he's had."
"I think our identity and our style now is super, super clear," Casciato added. "It's just really pleasing for the guys to one: match the intensity, bring our own level of intensity, and two: play the way that we did with or without a ball. I thought we were excellent."
Omaha's six-point and Greenville's four-point week earns the pair of sides a week-high six players named to the Team of the Week and Team of the Week bench, while Richmond and Northern Colorado also saw multiple players named to the list. In total, just six of 12 teams earned representation on the Team of the Week and Team of the Week bench.
GK - Will Palmquist, Richmond Kickers: After matching a career-high with five saves a week ago, Palmquist set a new personal record with six saves in Richmond's draw with Knoxville. The 'keeper registered the fewest goals allowed compared to expected goals and maintained the best goals-added mark among goalkeepers on the week, according to American Soccer Analysis.
D - Dion Acoff, Union Omaha: Acoff assisted Joe Gallardo's opening goal against Charlotte and went on to contribute 12 recoveries, seven duels won, five chances created and three clearances to Omaha's six-point week.
D - Brandon Fricke, Greenville Triumph SC: In a win against Central Valley and draw against Chattanooga, Fricke recorded 11 recoveries, 11 duels won, nine clearances and a week-high six blocks.
D - Marco Milanese, Union Omaha: The Italian defender helped Omaha concede just one goal across 180 minutes of Week 30 action, adding 18 recoveries, four clearances, four duels won and two interceptions.
M - Allen Gavilanes, Greenville Triumph SC: The third-year Triumph SC midfielder registered his ninth assist of the season on Jacob Labovitz's match-winning goal in Fresno. Greenville's all-time assists leader added an additional eight chances created, 11 duels won, 11 recoveries and three fouls won to his side's four-point week.
M - Luis Gil, Union Omaha: The former United States international has played a crucial role in Omaha's 12-match unbeaten streak, tallying an assist in each of the Owls' two Week 30 matches. Gil maintained the highest passing score on the week, according to American Soccer Analysis.
M - Lagos Kunga, Union Omaha: In his first professional start in nearly four years, the MLS Cup 2018 champion and former USYNT midfielder scored his first goal in over three years and added an assist - in the span of just one minute - in Omaha's big win in Statesboro.
M - Nil Vinyals, Richmond Kickers: Donning the captain's armband for the first time this season, Vinyals produced his fourth career hat trick in Richmond's 2-2 draw in Knoxville. The Spaniard also notched six duels won, five recoveries and three chances created and won a penalty to go along with his 88% passing accuracy. Vinyals maintained the highest points-added mark on the week, according to American Soccer Analysis.
F - Trevor Amann, Northern Colorado Hailstorm FC: The Golden Boot leader added to his record-breaking tally, winning and converting a penalty late in Northern Colorado’s match against Madison.
F - Steevan Dos Santos, Union Omaha: The veteran USL Championship goalscorer tallied four goals across two Week 30 victories, helping Omaha to the top of the table while adding 16 duels won, five fouls won, four recoveries, four chances created and one penalty won. Dos Santos maintained the highest goals-added mark on the week, according to American Soccer Analysis.
F - Jacob Labovitz, Greenville Triumph SC: Labovitz registered two goals and one assist in Greenville's one-win, one-draw week. The second-year professional won eight duels, four fouls and is now just two goal contributions shy of matching Aaron Walker's club record of 24.
Bench: Lalo Delgado (NCO), Jamie Smith (GVL), Jonathan Filipe (CHA), Evan Lee (GVL), JP Scearce (OMA), Garrett McLaughlin (NC), Leo Castro (GVL)