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Elijah Martin named to USL Team of the Week

By Fresno FC, 07/09/19, 10:30AM PDT


This is the first TOTW award for Martin

FRESNO, Calif. - Elijah Martin became the seventh Fresno FC player selected to the USL Championship Team of the Week this season, earning the award in Week 18 for his performance at Sacramento Republic FC, the league announced Tuesday. 

Martin provided the assist on the Foxes’ game-winning goal, recorded two key passes and completed 26 of 31 passes overall while also winning 10 of 12 duels against Sacramento Republic FC.

This is Martin’s first TOTW award this season and the third player in the last four weeks to be selected for the honor.

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), forward Christian Chaney (Week 9), midfielder Jackson (Week 10), forward Qudus Lawal (Week 12) and Jemal Johnson (Weeks 6, 15 and 16).

Fresno FC (8-2-7, 31 points) sits in third place in the USL’s Western Conference, and hosts seventh-place New Mexico United this Saturday, July 13 at Chukchansi Park. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m.  

All this week, fans can donate one book in exchange for a FREE child's ticket (ages 12 and under). Books can be dropped off at the Fresno FC front office and team store located at 1555 Van Ness Avenue in downtown Fresno, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Friday, July 12. On match day, fans are encouraged to bring books to the stadium to donate.

USL Championship Team of the Week

GK – Brandon Miller, Charlotte Independence: Miller recorded nine saves in the Independence’s road draw at North Carolina FC and then posted a shutout in the club’s win against Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC.

D – Paco Craig, Louisville City FC: Craig scored the equalizer and won 11 of 13 duels and 8 of 9 aerials defensively in Louisville’s comeback victory against Nashville SC at Slugger Field.

D – Nathan Smith, Portland Timbers 2: Smith won 11 of 13 duels and 7 of 8 aerials while recording eight recoveries and won the penalty kick that led to T2’s stoppage-time equalizer against Tulsa Roughnecks FC.

D – Owusu-Ansah Kontor, Orange County SC: Kontor recorded one assist and three key passes, made 13 recoveries and completed 38 of 44 passes overall in Orange County’s road victory against Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC.

M – Elijah Martin, Fresno FC: Martin recorded the assist on the Foxes’ game-winning goal, recorded two key passes and completed 26 of 31 passes overall while also winning 10 of 12 duels against Sacramento Republic FC.

M – Kenardo Forbes, Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC: Forbes scored the game-winning goal, had four key passes and made six interceptions in the Hounds’ victory against Bethlehem Steel FC last Thursday night.

M – Sam Gleadle, Reno 1868 FC: Gleadle recorded two goals and one assist and had five key passes as Reno swept to a 4-0 victory against Rio Grande Valley FC last Wednesday night.

M – Billy Forbes, San Antonio FC: Forbes recorded one goal and one assist and completed 11 of 17 dribbles to lead SAFC to a 3-0 victory against Copa Tejas rival Austin Bold FC last Wednesday night.

M – Russell Cicerone, Saint Louis FC: Cicerone recorded the game-tying goal and an assist as STLFC rallied from a two-goal deficit to earn a 2-2 draw with Loudoun United FC on Saturday night.

F – Sebastian Guenzatti, Tampa Bay Rowdies: Guenzatti notched his 10th goal of the season and logged an assist as the Rowdies took a 3-1 victory on the road against the Swope Park Rangers.

F – Elliot Collier, Memphis 901 FC: Collier scored the first hat trick in 901 FC’s history as it took its first home league victory on Saturday night with a 4-1 win against Hartford Athletic.

Bench: Logan Ketterer (ELP), Zach Carroll (RNO), Rodrigo da Costa (TUL), Douglas Martinez (SLC), Alex Martinez (CLT), Oscar Jimenez (LOU), Yamikani Chester (NC)