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USL Jägermeister Cup Team of the Round - Round 2

By Staff, 05/14/24, 2:30PM EDT


Northern Colorado's Bruno Rendón earns Player of the Round honors with three goal contributions against Knoxville

TAMPA, Fla. – USL League One today announced the Team of the Round for Round 2 of the 2024 USL Jägermeister Cup with Northern Colorado Hailstorm FC midfielder Bruno Rendón named Player of the Round presented by Konami eFootball with his two goals and one assist.

After kicking off the season with just two wins across all competitions, Northern Colorado finally started to look like the Hailstorm of old with a 5-1 dismantling of One Knoxville SC on Saturday thanks in large part to a three-goal-contribution day from Bruno Rendón. While typically playing defensively as a fullback, Rendón has taken advantage of a recent shift higher up the pitch into more of an attacking role. While unable to notch a goal contribution across his first six matches of the season, Rendón has recorded four across his last 180 minutes of play.

"I'm just trying my best to help the team, but I'm really enjoying playing further forward," Rendón said.

In Knoxville, Rendón registered goals in the 22nd - the eventual match-winner - and 32nd minute to confirm a 10-minute brace before assisting Haruki Yamazaki's goal in the 63rd minute. The Cuban's two-goal, one-assist outing matched the most goal contributions across his three-year professional career since recording an identical stat line in Knoxville on July 11, 2023. With four goals in four meetings with Knoxville, no player has scored more goals against the club than Rendón across its three years of existence.

"I definitely saw the results coming," Hailstorm Head Coach Éamon Zayed said. "This is the biggest winning margin in club history; obviously, it's fantastic and shows what this group is capable of.

"It's not about individuals tonight. It's about the whole group, the whole team. Everybody pulling together, and once we come together you'll see more results like that."

In total, 10 of the 12 teams in action earned representation on the Team of the Round. Northern Colorado led all teams with five players earning a spot on the Team of the Round, while Spokane, Greenville and Omaha saw multiple players recognized.

COACH - Éamon Zayed, Northern Colorado Hailstorm FC: After starting his third season at Northern Colorado with a 2-3-3 record across all competitions, Zayed and his squad finally grabbed their first win in USL competition - a 5-1 thrashing of Knoxville which serves as Northern Colorado's largest win in club history and Knoxville's largest loss in club history. In four prior meetings, Northern Colorado have never lost to Knoxville.

GK - TJ Bush, Chattanooga Red Wolves SC: Bush recorded his first Chattanooga clean sheet in his fourth appearance with the club. The 2022 USL League One champion tallied three saves and led all goalkeepers with his 0.67 goals conceded below expected, per American Soccer Analysis.

D - Romain Métanire, Spokane Velocity FC: The Madagascar international assisted Javier Martín Gil's stoppage-time winner against League One Players' Shield holders Omaha. Métanire also added six recoveries, a week-high four successful crosses, four duels won, three fouls won and two additional chances created.

D - Alfredo Midence, Central Valley Fuego FC: In his professional debut, the 21-year-old Honduran came on as a second-half substitute and helped a 10-man Fuego FC overcome a two-goal deficit to advance to a penalty kick shootout. Midence recorded one goal, one assist and four duels won in 45 minutes of action.

D - Jamie Smith, Greenville Triumph SC: Smith secured his first career brace in a 3-2 victory against Peach States Derby rival South Georgia. In addition to his 18-minute double, the 26-year-old defender completed 82% of his passes and registered 13 completed long passes, seven clearances, six recoveries, five shots, three duels won and one penalty earned. According to American Soccer Analysis, Smith led all defenders with his 0.37 goals added.

D - Haruki Yamazaki, Northern Colorado Hailstorm FC: In only his second professional match, the 23-year-old tallied his first professional goal and assist to help Northern Colorado to a record-breaking victory. The former 2023 First Team All-Summit League talent at Oral Roberts University also contributed to the Hailstorm's big day with nine duels won, five completed long passes, four recoveries and two fouls won.

M - Andre Lewis, Spokane Velocity FC: Tallying three goals in his last four matches across three competitions, Lewis bagged Spokane's opening goal against Omaha. The former Jamaica international added a 94% passing completion rate, nine duels won, six recoveries, four tackles won and two interceptions. Per American Soccer Analysis, Lewis led all players with his 0.57 goals added. 

M - Lyam MacKinnon, Greenville Triumph SC: Now officially recording the highest-scoring season in his two-year professional career, MacKinnon's goal against South Georgia was his eighth across all competitions. Against Greenville's Peach States Derby rival, MacKinnon won 10 duels, registered four shots, completed four dribbles, won three fouls, created a pair of chances and won one penalty.

M - Isidro Martinez, Northern Colorado Hailstorm FC: The longtime USL Championship and USL League One playmaker scored his second Northern Colorado goal of the season and first in USL Jägermeister Cup play against Knoxville on Saturday. In addition to a goal and an assist on the day, the 27-year-old added four recoveries, two chances created and completed 83% of his passes.

M - Bruno Rendón, Northern Colorado Hailstorm FC: Northern Colorado's versatile Cuban playmaker showed out in the Hailstorm's lopsided victory in Knoxville. Rendón's three goal contributions matched the most in a single match across his three-year professional career, and the Cuban added 11 duels won, five shots and five recoveries. Additionally, Rendón's 1.50 goals scored above expected led all players, according to American Soccer Analysis.

F - Christian Chaney, Forward Madison FC: The veteran goalscorer opened the scoring in the second minute before assisting Derek Gebhard's match-winning goal against Charlotte in the 79th minute. Chaney also recorded 11 duels won, three completed dribbles and three fouls won to help his 'Mingos defeat the Independence for the first time in club history.

F - Missael Rodríguez, Union Omaha: Across his last four matches spanning three competitions, the Chicago Fire FC loanee has netted a quartet of goals. Rodríguez opened the scoring against Spokane in the 11th minute, won a penalty in the 49th minute, and contributed with an additional three duels won, three recoveries and two dribbles completed.

BENCH: Lalo Delgado (NCO), Jake Dengler (TRM), Simon Fitch (RIC), Derek Waldeck (SPK), Pedro Dolabella (OMA), Ethan Hoard (NCO), Juan Carlos Obregón, Jr. (CLT)

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