TAMPA, Fla. – The USL Championship announced the Team of the Week Presented by Cleer Audio for Week 24 of the 2021 regular season on Tuesday, with Memphis 901 FC midfielder Laurent Kissiedou being voted Player of the Week after recording two goals to help lead 901 FC to a 3-0 win on the road against FC Tulsa that ran the club’s undefeated streak to four games as it pursues its first postseason berth.
One of Memphis’ offseason arrivals having previously played in the Championship for Atlanta United 2, Kissiedou has been a positive presence in the center of midfield for the side this season. Against Tulsa at ONEOK Field on Saturday night he produced two excellent finishes, the first an opportunistic finish from 35 yards that caught out the goalkeeper as it looped high on a first-time strike and went just underneath the crossbar. Kissiedou then staked 901 FC to a three-goal halftime lead in first-half stoppage time with a powerful shot from 25 yards that picked out the bottom-left corner of the net to pave the way to victory for the visitors.
Kissiedou earned 46 percent of the ballot to claim the award, narrowly edging out the Charlotte Independence’s Enzo Martinez on 38 percent. Martinez recorded one goal and two assists across two victories for the Independence during the week, including a goal and assist last Thursday night in a 2-1 win against Hartford Athletic at Dillon Stadium.
The Championship’s Player of the Week is selected by the USL National Media Panel, which is made up of representatives from each media market in the Championship.
GK – Cody Cropper, Memphis 901 FC: Cody Cropper recorded an eight-save shutout that included six saves on shots inside the penalty area to help lead 901 FC to a 3-0 victory against FC Tulsa at ONEOK Field on Saturday night.
D – Aiden McFadden, Atlanta United 2: Aiden McFadden recorded a goal and assist as Atlanta earned draws against Louisville City FC and Indy Eleven across the week, including the equalizer in the fifth minute of stoppage time against Indy at Michael A. Carroll Stadium on Saturday night.
D – Josh Yaro, San Diego Loyal SC: The center back notched his second goal of the season and was composed on the back line in SD Loyal’s 3-0 win on the road against the LA Galaxy II on Saturday, completing 62 of 67 passes and winning 3 of 4 duels.
D – Sean McFarlane, Miami FC: The Jamaican recorded one assist and two key passes while winning 6 of 8 duels and recording six recoveries and one interception during Miami’s 3-2 victory against Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC on Saturday night.
M – Laurent Kissiedou, Memphis 901 FC: The Cote d’Ivoire midfielder produced a pair of spectacular long-range finishes while also completing 36 of 42 passes and making eight recoveries in 901 FC’s 3-0 victory against FC Tulsa on Saturday night.
M – Kenardo Forbes, Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC: The Jamaican playmaker shone despite the Hounds’ defeat in Miami, recording both goals for the visitors while recording three shots and three key passes, completing 38 of 48 passes overall and making nine recoveries defensively.
M – Enzo Martinez, Charlotte Independence: The Charlotte veteran had one goal and two assists over two wins for the side, including leading the side to a 2-1 win on the road against Hartford Athletic, as he became only the third player in the Championship to reach 40 goals and 30 assists in the regular season for his career.
M – Paolo DelPiccolo, Louisville City FC: LouCity’s captain scored twice in the opening 15 minutes on and had one key pass to help pave the way for a 3-1 victory for the hosts against New Mexico United on Sunday afternoon at Lynn Family Stadium.
M – Jonas Fjeldberg, Rio Grande Valley FC: The Norwegian attacking midfielder had a hand in all three of the Toros’ goals against Real Monarchs SLC on Saturday night, including a highlight-reel strike in the second half that capped a performance in which he had four shots, three key passes and completed 27 of 34 passes overall.
F – Gaoussou Samake, Loudoun United FC: Gaoussou Samake had one goal and one assist in Loudoun’s 3-3 draw against the New York Red Bulls II on Thursday night and over two games for the week recorded six shots, six key passes and completed 67 of 87 passes overall.
F – Sylvain Marveaux, Charlotte Independence: The French veteran recorded one goal and one assist in Charlotte’s 5-1 victory against Loudoun United FC on Sunday and over two games recorded two shots, five key passes and completed 61 of 74 passes overall as the Independence won twice.
Bench: Alex Tambakis (NM), Eder Borelli (ELP), Alex Crognale (BHM), Laurence Wyke (TBR), Lindo Mfeka (OAK), Luis Felipe Fernandes (SAC), Danny Trejo (LV)