Swope Park Rangers defender Jacob VanCompernolle has been named to the USL Team of the Week after a dominant performance at center back in the Rangers’ 2-1 win over Tulsa Roughnecks FC on Saturday night.
VanCompernolle marshaled a defense that only allowed three shots on target all game as SPR claimed their second consecutive win to open the season. The 22-year-old is the second Rangers player to receive Team of the Week recognition this season, after Kevin Oliveira earned the same honor last week.
VanCompernolle, a Dallas, Texas native, will return to his home state this weekend as the Rangers take on San Antonio FC in their home opener on Saturday, April 9. Kickoff for that game is set for 7:30 p.m. CT while a live stream will be available on SportingKC.com.
USL Team of the Week (Courtesy of USLSoccer.com)
GK – Mark Ridgers, Orlando City B: Ridgers recorded a six-save shutout as 10-man Orlando held on to earn a 0-0 draw against the Charleston Battery on Friday night.
D – Hugh Roberts, Richmond Kickers: Roberts was both strong in the air and helped snuff out dangerous chances as the Kickers played to a 0-0 draw on the road in Wilmington.
D – Jacob VanCompernolle, Swope Park Rangers: VanCompernolle had a strong game at the heart of the Rangers’ defense, winning possession on the ground and in the air, as Swope Park took a victory on the road.
D – Harrison Delbridge, FC Cincinnati: Delbridge helped Cincinnati claim its first win in club history with a standout aerial performance that helped limit Bethlehem’s attack.
D – James Kiffe, Sacramento Republic FC: Kiffe was strong in defense, and pushed forward well down the left side regularly, which resulted in the side’s late winner through Cameron Iwasa.
M – Junior Flemmings, New York Red Bulls II: The young Jamaican played a pivotal role in New York’s victory against Louisville with a goal and assist at Slugger Field.
M – Vince Cicciarelli, Saint Louis FC: Cicciarelli scored a pair of late goals as Saint Louis recorded its first win of the season with a 3-1 victory against Orange County.
M – David Estrada, Charlotte Independence: Estrada had a strong two-way game that was capped by a fine goal to lead the Independence to a 2-1 victory against Harrisburg.
F – Jack McBean, LA Galaxy II: Los Dos’ captain had three goals in two games, scoring twice in a 3-0 win against Saint Louis, and the equalizer in a 3-3 draw with Real Monarchs SLC.
F – Jason Johnson, San Antonio FC: Johnson scored twice in the opening 10 minutes of SAFC’s inaugural contest to lead the side to a 3-0 win in Seattle.
F – Daniel Haber, Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2: Haber struck twice as WFC2 took its second win in as many games with a 3-1 victory against the Portland Timbers 2.
Bench: Ryan Thompson (STL), Bruno Perone (WIL), Fejiro Okiomah (SA), Gary Cennerazzo (TUL), Andrew Wiedeman (CIN), Chris Cortez (AZ), Christian Volesky (ROC)