BIRMINGHAM, AL - Birmingham Legion FC forward Eddie Opoku and goalkeeper Matt Van Oekel both made the USL Championship Team of the Week for Week 23.
Opoku, your Legion FC Man of the Match, scored the game-winning goal in the 1-0 victory at the Tampa Bay Rowdies on Saturday with a rocket of a goal in the 49th minute. The winger was dangerous all night and lead the team in shots (5), shots on target (4), chances created (4), and successful dribbles (4/4). Van Oekel's six saves in the contest secured the team's fifth shutout in a row, extending the BHM defense's shutout streak to 465 minutes, which is the longest active streak in USL Championship, and second longest all season.
USL Championship Team of the Week
GK – Todd Morton, Bethlehem Steel FC: Morton recorded a seven-save shutout as Steel FC claimed a point on the road against Nashville SC in a 0-0 draw at First Tennessee Park.
D – Forrest Lasso, Nashville SC: Lasso made 20 recoveries, won 13 of 18 duels and 8 of 9 aerials while completing 113 of 139 passes across a pair of shutouts by Nashville’s defense over the week.
D – Ramon Martin Del Campo, Fresno FC: Del Campo scored the game-winning goal, recorded six recoveries and six clearances and won a combined 14 of 23 duels in the Foxes’ 2-1 road win against OKC Energy FC.
D – Gabe Robinson, Las Vegas Lights FC: Robinson recorded 12 clearances, won 3 of 4 aerials and completed 14 of 19 passes as Lights FC earned a 0-0 draw on the road against Sacramento Republic FC.
M – Jared Stroud, New York Red Bulls II: Stroud had a goal and assist, recorded eight key passes and completed 34 of 42 passes overall as the Red Bulls II defeated Hartford Athletic 5-1.
M – Jack Blake, Real Monarchs SLC: Blake had one goal on seven shots, including another that hit the woodwork, and recorded five key passes as the Monarchs defeated Tulsa Roughnecks FC 4-1.
M – Niall McCabe, Louisville City FC: McCabe scored once, had four key passes, won 9 of 10 duels and completed 52 of 66 passes in LouCity’s 5-1 win against ATL UTD 2.
M – Cristian Parano, San Antonio FC: Parano scored a pair of goals, recorded four key passes and completed 30 of 36 passes in SAFC’s 4-1 road victory against Reno 1868 FC.
M – Robbie Mertz, Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC: Mertz notched a pair of assists and four key passes overall while completing 5 of 5 dribbles and recording nine recoveries in Pittsburgh’s 3-2 win against the Swope Park Rangers.
F – Eddie Opoku, Birmingham Legion FC: Opoku scored the only goal, recorded four key passes and put four of five shots on target while completing 4 of 4 dribbles in Legion FC’s victory away to the Tampa Bay Rowdies.
F – Foster Langsdorf, Portland Timbers 2: Langsdorf scored two goals in two games and recorded two key passes as T2 earned four points from their two outings to return to the postseason positions.
Bench: Matt Van Oekel (BHM), Kalen Ryden (SLC), Ernesto Walker (LA), Ben Speas (NC), Solomon Asante (PHX), Daniel Rios (NSH), Shandon Hopeau (TAC) - (via USL Championship)