Wednesday, May 8, 2013

LD Five Stars – Round 5

A weekly list of the top five players or performances of each round in NASL, USL Pro and MLS Reserves in all competitions…

ROUND FIVE (May 1-5)

Player – Club (5 Star Selections)

Hans Denissen – San Antonio Scorpions
Trailing Atlanta, Denissen scored the initial equalizer in the 20th minute and then helped set up the go-ahead strike by Edin Husic eight minutes later as the winless Scorpions played to a 2-2 draw.

Dom Dwyer – Orlando City (2) 
Well, you can’t leave a guy off the list who has a hat-trick… no matter how bad the opponent – Antigua in the second of two games in 24 hours.  Dwyer netted the first, fourth and fifth goals in the 7-2 win. Though he was nearly left off the list, he becomes the first two-time selection this season.

Shaun Francis – Charlotte Eagles
Trailing by two goals, the defender found Drew Yates to cut the lead in half and in the 90th minute it appeared he scored the game-winner only to have that spoiled moments later in the 3-3 draw.

Andrew Marshall – Pittsburgh Riverhounds
The defender helped lead the club earn a hard-fought two points on the difficult trip out west, scoring the equalizer in a 1-1 draw at Phoenix Friday in the 79th minute and then helping post the shutout in the scoreless draw in Los Angeles Sunday.

Maicon Santos – Chicago Fire Reserves
The off and on again MLS star striker contributed on both goals in a 2-1 win against FC Dallas, netting the opener 20 minutes in and setting Corben Bone in first-half stoppage time for what proved to be the winner.

Close but not quite: Etienne Barbara (Minnesota United)… Mauricio Salles (VSI Tampa Bay)… Brian Ownby (Richmond Kickers)

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Previous Weeks: 

One: Andre Akpan (NYRB Reserves); Akira Fitzgerald (Carolina); Kevin Molino (Orlando); Devon Sandoval (RSL Reserves); Jose Valencia (Timbers Reserves)
Two: Tommy Heinemann (Whitecaps Reserves); Cory Miller (LA Blues); Brian Shriver (Carolina); Casey Townsend (Richmond); Carl Woszcynski (LA Blues)
Three: Christhian Hernandez (Harrisburg); Pedro Mendes (Atlanta): Luke Mulholland (TB Rowdies); Michael Nanchoff (Timbers Reserves); Jamie Watson (Orlando)
Four: Jordan Allen (RSL Reserves); Mike Azira (Charleston); Dom Dwyer (Orlando City); Yann Ekra (Harrisburg); Lance Laing (Edmonton)