FRESNO, Calif. - Left back Alex Cooper was selected to the USL Championship's Team of the Week for Week 1 of the 2019 season. He is the first Zorro be named to the USL Championship Team of the Week in 2019.
Cooper recorded the game-tying assist in Fresno FC's 1-1 draw at New Mexico United on Saturday. He also won 3 of 4 duels, completed 82.4% of his passes, including three successful crosses, and won 3 of 4 duels at Isotopes Park.
It is the second-career USL Championship Team of the Week selection for Cooper, who earned his first selection for his performance in Week 2 of the 2018 season.
Fresno FC continues its 2019 USL Championship season on the road this week, playing at Rio Grande Valley FC Toros on Saturday, March 16th at H-E-B Park. Kickoff is set for 5:30 p.m. PT. The match will be televised locally on CW 59 and online via ESPN Plus.
Next week, Los Zorros will make their 2019 home debut against Reno 1868 FC at Chukchansi Park on Saturday, March 23rd. Tickets for the home opener, and for the entire season are available now at the stadium box office or at FresnoFC.com.
USL Championship Team of the Week
GK – Brendan Moore, ATL UTD 2: Moore recorded a six-save shutout as Atlanta opened its season with a 2-0 victory against Hartford Athletic.
D – Phanuel Kavita, Saint Louis FC: Kavita scored the game-tying goal and recorded six clearances as STLFC rallied forvictory against Indy Eleven.
D – Papé Diakité, Tampa Bay Rowdies: The center back recorded 13 clearances, won 11 of 12 duels and 8 of 9 aerial duels as the Rowdies earned a road shutout in Memphis.
D – Alex Cooper, Fresno FC: Cooper recorded the assist on Los Zorros' goal, finished with three key passes overall and won 3 of 4 duels in Fresno’s 1-1 draw with New Mexico.
M – Zach Zandi, Bethlehem Steel FC: Zandi scored the second goal in Steel FC’s victory against Birmingham while also completing 37 of 42 passes in his professional debut.
M – Tommy McCabe, North Carolina FC: McCabe notched what proved to be the winner on his professional debut in NCFC’s 4-1 win against Louisville and completed 30 of 34 passes overall.
M – Shane Malcolm, Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC: Malcolm recorded the first hat trick of the 2019 season as the Switchbacks swept to a 4-1 win against the LA Galaxy II
M – Billy Forbes, San Antonio FC: Forbes scored a fine goal, recorded two key passes and completed 12 of 14 passes overall in SAFC’s 3-3 draw with Phoenix Rising FC.
F – Tom Barlow, New York Red Bulls II: Barlow struck twice as the Red Bulls II opened the season with a 3-1 win against the Swope Park Rangers.
F – Deshorn Brown, OKC Energy FC: Brown scored the second-fastest goal in Championship history after just 12 seconds, then added a second in a 3-1 win against El Paso Locomotive FC.
F – Devon Sandoval, New Mexico United: Albuquerque native Sandoval scored the first goal in New Mexico’s history as the expansion side earned a 1-1 draw with Fresno FC.
Bench: David Ochoa (SLC), Jordan Burt (COS), Matt LaGrassa (NSH), Marcus Epps (NY), Shandon Hopeau (TAC), Marios Lomis (NC), Junior Flemmings (PHX)