Seattle Sounders FC 2 midfielder Pablo Rossi has been voted the USL Player of the Week for the opening week of the 2015 season, after a performance that saw him score once and add an assist as S2 took a 4-2 victory against Sacramento Republic FC.
Rossi earned 65 percent of the vote, which was conducted by a national panel of independent media from every USL market.USL Team of the Week
GK – Lalo Fernandez, Real Monarchs SLC: The young goalkeeper recorded a four-save shutout in the Monarchs’ inaugural contest to earn a point on the road against the LA Galaxy II
D – Quinton Griffith, Charleston Battery: Strong two-way performance saw the Antigua & Barbuda international be rewarded with an assist on Dane Kelly’s goal
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D – A.J. DeLaGarza, LA Galaxy II: Rarely put a foot wrong in his return from injury, and helped contain the Monarchs to five shots
D –Taylor Mueller, Charleston Battery: Scored the game-winning goal in stoppage time as the Battery surged back to win 3-2 against Toronto
D – Riley McGovern, Real Monarchs SLC: Solid play at fullback, and also pushed forward well in his professional debut
M – Pablo Rossi, Seattle Sounders FC 2: Scored a beautiful free kick, provided an assist on Sam Garza’s goal, and was creative throughout the second half against Sacramento
M – Octavio Guzman, Sacramento Republic FC: Outstanding free kick was a late consolation for the defending champions in Seattle
M – Giuliano Frano, Seattle Sounders FC 2: Recovered possession well in the center of midfield and covered ground defensively to restrict Sacramento going forward
F – Dane Kelly, Charleston Battery: Speed caused problems for Toronto’s defense, and finished a near-post header well to start Battery’s comeback
F – Mo Babouli, Toronto FC II: Recorded a goal in his professional debut, and finished with three shots in a solid opening performance
F – Andy Craven, Seattle Sounders FC 2: Scored the first goal in S2 history, and provided strong hold-up play throughout the game
Bench: Clement Diop (LA), Damion Lowe (SEA), Jarad van Schaik (CHS), Sam Garza (SEA), Justin Braun (SAC), Jordan Hamilton (TOR), Sebastian Saucedo (SLC)