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USL League One Team of the Week - Week 9

By Staff, 05/21/24, 2:30PM EDT


South Georgia's Sebastián Vivas earns Player of the Week honors with brace, assist

TAMPA, Fla. – USL League One today announced the Team of the Week for Week 9 of the 2024 regular season with South Georgia Tormenta FC forward Sebastián Vivas named Player of the Week presented by Konami eFootball with a two-goal, one-assist performance in a 4-0 rout of Chattanooga.

In a rematch of the 2022 USL League One Final, Vivas propelled South Georgia to its third consecutive four-goal performance against the Red Wolves through a brace and an assist. Vivas bagged the Ibises' match-winning goal in the ninth minute, assisted Niall Watson's goal in the 64th minute and completed his first South Georgia brace in the 75th minute.

Just 13 matches into his Tormenta FC career, Vivas has already totaled seven goals and one assist across USL League One, U.S. Open Cup and USL Jägermeister Cup play.

Prior to joining South Georgia on a one-year deal over the offseason, the 27-year-old forward found success in the Argentine lower divisions, scoring frequently for Club Sportivo Dock Sud and Deportivo Español, earning a spot on the Primera B Metropolitana Best XI with the former in 2023.

Vivas joins League One's all-time leading goalscorer, Richmond's Emiliano Terzaghi, as the only Argentine player to be named Player of the Week across the league's six-season history.

"We're delighted Seba has been recognized this week," South Georgia Head Coach Ian Cameron said. "He has brought great spirit to his and his family's adaption to this country and our club, and now on the field, we're starting to see him play with more instinct, more cutting edge. He received some really good service from his team on Saturday and he made the difference."

Of the 10 clubs in action in Week 9, only the five winning clubs earned representation on the Team of the Week. South Georgia and Union Omaha each see five players named to the Team of the Week following a pair of four-goal performances, while Madison and Knoxville also earn representation following a pair of shutout victories.

COACH - Matt Glaeser, Forward Madison FC: The third-year Madison head coach has guided his 'Mingos to their best start to a league season through six matches in club history. Still undefeated in league play after a 3-0 dismantling of Spokane over the weekend, FMFC won the most points above expected (2.35) and maintained the highest goal differential above expected goal differential (3.95), according to American Soccer Analysis.

GK - Bernd Schipmann, Forward Madison FC: The former Philippines international recorded four saves en route to his third clean sheet of the season. Schipmann led all goalkeepers with his 0.88 goals added and was second on the week with his 0.49 goals conceded below expected, per American Soccer Analysis.

D - Aaron Lombardi, South Georgia Tormenta FC: Facing his former team for the first time since departing the Red Wolves over the offseason, Lombardi recorded his first goal contribution for the Ibises, assisting Sebastián Vivas' match-winning goal in the ninth minute. Lombardi also completed 85% of his passes, tallied seven recoveries, won three duels, completed three long passes and recorded three interceptions.

D - Stuart Ritchie, One Knoxville SC: The former United States youth international has provided an assist in back-to-back league matches. In addition to his assist on Kempes Tekiela's 56th-minute score, Ritchie added eight duels won, four recoveries, three completed crosses, three tackles won and two chances created in his side's victory in Fresno.

D - Nate Shultz, Greenville Triumph SC: The longtime Greenville defender provided an assist on Lyam MacKinnon's late match-winner against Richmond in the 85th minute. The 28-year-old defender also contributed with a passing accuracy of 78%, seven duels won, six recoveries, four clearances, four interceptions, three completed long balls and three tackles won.

M - Pedro Dolabella, Union Omaha: The 2022 MLS NEXT Pro Best XI selection has thrived with the Owls since joining Union Omaha a season ago. Dolabella recorded a one-goal, one-assist match for the second consecutive time in league play - the fifth multi-goal-contribution match of his professional career - to go along with his 80% passing accuracy, six completed long passes, six duels won and four recoveries.

M - Angelo Kelly-Rosales, One Knoxville SC: After starting his professional career in the USL Championship with five consecutive scoreless seasons, Kelly-Rosales' goalscoring abilities have taken off in USL League One with Knoxville. The Honduran midfielder has now recorded back-to-back seasons of three goals following his match-winning strike against Central Valley over the weekend. Kelly-Rosales added 11 recoveries, eight duels won, three dribbles completed and three interceptions.

M - Lagos Kunga, Union Omaha: Despite seeing the pitch for just 45 minutes as a halftime substitute, Kunga exploded for a goal and an assist in Omaha's lopsided victory in Charlotte. The former United States youth international and MLS Cup champion enjoyed the fourth two-goal-contribution match of his career to go along with a passing accuracy of 91%, six duels won and three successful dribbles. Per American Soccer Analysis, Kunga's 0.98 goals added value led all players on the week.

M - Ajmeer Spengler, South Georgia Tormenta FC: Only 14 matches into his professional career, the first-year professional has recorded an assist in each of his last three matches. The 23-year-old constructed the first one-goal, one-assist outing of his young professional career against Chattanooga, and contributed with an additional eight recoveries, five duels won and a 79% passing accuracy.

F - Christian Chaney, Forward Madison FC: The USL Championship and USL League One veteran has registered five goal contributions across his last three matches, notably providing a pair of assists in Madison's win in Spokane. Chaney also added three duels won and two recoveries.

F - Missael Rodríguez, Union Omaha: Earning his first appearances of the USL League One Team of the Week after appearing on the first two USL Jägermesiter Cup Teams of the Round, the Chicago Fire FC loanee tallied a brace in Omaha's huge victory in Charlotte. In his last five matches across all competitions, Rodríguez has netted six goals.

F - Sebastián Vivas, South Georgia Tormenta FC: After thriving in the Argentine lower division, Vivas has broken out in his first season in Statesboro. The 27-year-old forward tallied two goals and one assist against Chattanooga to bring his scoring total to seven on the season across all competitions.

BENCH: Ford Parker (TRM), Nick Akoto (TRM), Marco Milanese (OMA), Wolfgang Prentice (MAD), Jimmie Villalobos (MAD), Aarón Gómez (OMA), Kempes Tekiela (KNX)

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