FRESNO, Calif. - After scoring two goals Saturday to spark comeback win at Real Monarchs SLC, Fresno FC striker Christian Chaney has been named to the USL Championship Team of the Week for Week 9.
Chaney, 24, becomes the fifth Zorro this season to earn the weekly award, which also is the first in his USL Championship career. With Los Zorros trailing Real Monarchs 1-0 in the first half, Chaney headed at the equalizer in the 27th minute, and after the halftime break contributed to an own goal at the 58th for the lead, and three minutes later, scored his second of the afternoon. It was the multi-goal game of his pro career.
Chaney is tied for the club lead in goals scored with Jemal Johnson at three, with all of them coming in the club's previous two matches.
The Fresno native joins left back Alex Cooper (Week 1), midfielder Arun Basuljevic (Week 2), goalkeeper CJ Cochran (Week 3), and midfielder Jemal Johnson (Week 6) as 2019 USL Championship Team of the Week selections.
Fresno FC (3W-0L-4D) looks to continue its unbeaten start to the year this Wednesday, May 8, when it hosts Sacramento Republic FC (3-3-2) in the first Highway 99 Derby of the season. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m at Chukchansi Park. As with all weekday matches, fans can enjoy the 4-for-$40 ticket special, which is available for purchase at the stadium box office, by calling 559-320-2525 or at tickets.fresnofc.com.
GK – Evan Newton, Indy Eleven: Newton recorded back-to-back shutouts to help the Eleven take a pair of points against the Tampa Bay Rowdies and North Carolina FC, while also moving into first all-time in regular-season shutouts in the Championship’s history with 41 overall.
D – Nate Shultz, LA Galaxy II: Schultz helped Los Dos record back-to-back shutouts during the week as he won 20 of 29 duels and made 20 recoveries against Las Vegas Lights FC and Austin Bold FC.
D – Jordan Scarlett, New York Red Bulls II: Scarlett helped lock down a shutout for the Red Bulls II against Birmingham Legion FC, making seven interceptions, winning 6 of 7 duels and recording 10 recoveries.
D – Ken Tribbett, Nashville SC: Tribbett went a perfect 6 of 6 in duels and 4 of 4 in aerial duels while recording four clearances and two interceptions in Nashville’s shutout victory against ATL UTD 2.
M – Wilmer Cabrera Jr., Rio Grande Valley FC: Cabrera scored the opening goal, finished with two shots on goal and had one key pass as the Toros took victory on the road against the Portland Timbers 2.
M – Daniel Johnson, Birmingham Legion FC: Johnson performed well in both Legion FC’s outings, completing 67 of 76 passes and recording six interceptions and 17 recoveries as well as a standout goal against Memphis.
M – Kenardo Forbes, Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC: Forbes had a goal and assist, completed 42 of 59 passes, made 12 recoveries and won 8 of 11 duels in the Hounds’ 2-2 draw with Charleston.
M – Chris Wehan, New Mexico United: Wehan struck twice in four minutes in the second half to send New Mexico to victory against San Antonio FC in front of 15,023 fans at Isotopes Park.
F – Jerome Kiesewetter, El Paso Locomotive FC: Kiesewetter’s notched his first two goals for El Paso and also completed 12 of 13 passes and won 4 of 5 duels in his side’s 2-0 road victory against Colorado Springs.
F – Irvin Parra, Las Vegas Lights FC: Parra had a goal and two assists to help power Lights FC’s 4-2 comeback victory against Sacramento Republic FC at Cashman Field.
F – Christian Chaney, Fresno FC: Chaney scored a pair of goals as the Foxes continued their undefeated start to the season with a 4-2 victory on the road against Real Monarchs SLC.
Bench: Justin vom Steeg (LA), Raymond Lee (HFD), Deshorn Brown (OKC), Mathias Jørgensen (NY), Michee Ngalina (BST), Kyle Murphy (LDN), Corey Hertzog (RNO)