FRESNO, Calif. - Fresno FC forward Qudus Lawal has earned a spot on the USL Championship's Team of the Week after scoring goals in both games this week, including the game-winner in a 1-0 win over Austin Bold FC on Wednesday. Lawal also scored the first goal in a 3-3 draw at Tacoma Defiance on Sunday. Overall, he finished the week with 11 shots and four key passes.
It is the first USL Team of the Week nod for Lawal, who also becomes the seventh Fresno FC player to earn the award in the 2019 season. Midfielder/Defender Diego Casillas was named to the Bench of the Week, for providing the game-winning assist to Lawal against Austin Bold FC and being named El Mexicano Man of the Match against Tacoma.
The other Foxes who have been named to the USL Championship Team of the Week in 2019 are: left back Alex Cooper (Week 1), midfielder Arun Basuljevic (Week 2), goalkeeper CJ Cochran (Week 3), midfielder Jemal Johnson (Week 6), Christian Chaney (Week 9), and Jackson (Week 10).
Los Zorros continue US Open Cup action on Wednesday in a third-round contest at Sacramento Republic FC. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. PT at Papa Murphy's Park.
Fresno returns to USL Championship over the weekend in what will be its third consecutive road game. Los Zorros take on Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC at Weidner Field on Saturday, June 1. Kickoff is at 5:30 p.m. PT.
Fresno makes its home return the following Saturday, June 8 against OKC Energy FC. Tickets for the match are on sale now at FresnoFC.com and the stadium box office.
USL Championship Team of the Week
GK – Matt Pickens, Nashville SC: Pickens made six saves over two shutouts during the week as Nashville earned four points from contests against Birmingham Legion FC and Indy Eleven.
D – Neveal Hackshaw, Indy Eleven: Hackshaw won 10 of 14 duels, made 14 recoveries and three interceptions and completed 65 of 81 passes as Indy recorded its fifth consecutive home shutout against Nashville SC.
D – Christian Torres, Las Vegas Lights: Torres made a crucial goal-line clearance to preserve Lights FC’s shutout and completed 47 of 58 passes while recording two interceptions and three recoveries.
D – Sam Brotherton, North Carolina FC: Brotherton scored the opening goal and won 10 of 11 duels overall while making seven clearances, two tackles and two interceptions in a 2-1 road win against the New York Red Bulls II.
D – Alvin Jones, OKC Energy FC: Jones helped Energy FC record a shutout as he won 7 of 10 duels and recorded four tackles, two clearances and one blocked shot against Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC.
M – Santi Moar, New Mexico United: Moar scored a pair of goals and played a key role in New Mexico’s third as NMU became the first side to defeat Austin Bold FC on its home turf this season.
M – Chavany Willis, Bethlehem Steel FC: Willis scored both goals, won 5 of 7 duels and made six recoveries as Steel FC rallied from two goals down to earn a 2-2 draw against Louisville City FC.
M – Jose Aguinaga, Phoenix Rising FC: Aguinaga recorded two assists and three key passes while completing 32 of 37 passes overall in Rising FC’s 4-2 comeback victory against Real Monarchs SLC.
M – Leo Fernandes, Tampa Bay Rowdies: Fernandes scored the game-winner, won 13 of 17 duels and recorded five key passes as the Rowdies defeated the Swope Park Rangers to remain undefeated.
F – Michael Salazar, Rio Grande Valley FC: Salazar scored twice to lead the Toros to victory in the South Texas Derby against San Antonio FC at H-E-B Park.
F – Qudus Lawal, Fresno FC: Lawal scored a goal in each of the Foxes’ two contests during the week, notching the game-winner against Austin Bold FC on Wednesday night, and also recorded four key passes.
Bench: Brendan Moore (ATL), Ken Tribbett (NSH), Diego Casillas (FRS), Alexy Bosetti (OKC), Shandon Hopeau (TAC), Sebastian Dalgaard (HFD), Zeiko Lewis (CHS)