BIRMINGHAM, AL – The USL Championship announced the Team of the Week on Tuesday, and Legion FC defender Alex Crognale got the nod for his standout performance in Saturday's 1-1 draw with the Tampa Bay Rowdies.
Crognale scored his first goal for the Three Sparks in the 16th minute of the contest. Legion FC won a freekick and expertly timed the delivery and run to beat the Tampa Bay line, and midfielder Bruno Lapa whipped in a low cross that Crognale deposited just inside the far post, past a helpless goalkeeper.
The defender's prowess on the ball and when defending also remain evident, as he led the team by completing 45 of 56 passes and added in six clearances and two interceptions. His long balls and switches from his center back spot continue to be useful tools in the Legion FC attack, as a ball from his own half bypassed the entire Tampa Bay team and found the onrushing Lapa just a few minutes after his goal, but the ensuing shot from Neco Brett was saved.
Crognale is the third Legion FC player to be named to the Team of the Week this season, after Lapa and forward Brian Wright made the squad last week.
USL Championship Team of the Week – Week 5
GK – Kyle Morton, Saint Louis FC:Morton recorded a seven-save shutout as Saint Louis handed Indy Eleven its first defeat of the season in a 1-0 win on Sunday afternoon at West Community Stadium.
D – Alex Crognale, Birmingham Legion FC: Crognale opened the scoring for the hosts and recorded six clearances, two interceptions and completed 45 of 56 passes in Legion FC’s 1-1 draw with the Tampa Bay Rowdies.
D – Logan Gdula, Charleston Battery: Gdula produced a strong two-way performance, recording one assist and two key passes while winning 7 of 11 duels and 2 of 3 tackles and recording nine recoveries and two interceptions.
D – Rob Kiernan, Orange County SC: Kiernan recorded 11 clearances and two interceptions, won 7 of 10 duels and 4 of 5 aerial duels and also completed 29 of 35 passes as Orange County took a 1-0 win against Phoenix Rising FC.
M – Wal Fall, Saint Louis FC: Fall produced a perfect pass to set up STLFC’s game-winning goal against Indy Eleven, and completed 49 of 57 passes overall while winning 7 of 11 duels and recording two interceptions.
M – Danny Barrera, Hartford Athletic: Barrera recorded three assists and five key passes overall to lead the Athletic to a pair of victories against Loudoun United FC and the Philadelphia Union II, continuing their perfect start to the 2020 season.
M – Deri Corfe, New York Red Bulls II: Corfe scored two goals and one assist, including a stoppage-time winner from the penalty spot on Sunday against Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC as New York swept to a pair of victories.
M – Cristian Parano, San Antonio FC: Parano notched the assist on SAFC’s game-winner, completed 33 of 39 passes overall and made four key passes to lead his side in a 1-0 victory against Rio Grande Valley FC.
M – Gabriel Torres, Hartford Athletic: Torres played an important role in both of Hartford’s wins over the week, recording a goal, an assist and six key passes as the Athletic remained perfect through three games.
F – Tumi Moshobane, San Diego Loyal SC: Moshobane recorded a goal on three shots on target and delivered the cross that produced Irvin Parra’s game-winning goal against Las Vegas Lights FC.
F – Devon Sandoval, New Mexico United: Sandoval recorded a goal and assist, and won 7 of 12 duels as United took a 2-1 victory on the road against El Paso Locomotive FC to move to the top of Group C.
Bench: Jon Kempin (SD), Aodhan Quinn (OC), Amando Moreno (NM), Nico Rittmeyer (CHS), Cameron Lancaster (LOU), Tyler Pasher (IND), Augustine Williams (LA)