Swope Park Rangers defender Tommy Meyer has been named to the USL Team of the Week after leading the team to a hard-fought 1-1 tie against San Antonio FC on Saturday night. In addition, goalkeeper Jon Kempin is named to the bench of the Team of the Week.
Meyer has played every minute of the Rangers’ unbeaten start to the season and was in fine form on Saturday, helping his side hold out for a point after absorbing heavy pressure from San Antonio in the second half. In goal, Kempin made a season-high six saves to secure the result.
Meyer, Kempin and the Rangers will be in action this weekend when they host the University of Tulsa at 4 p.m. CT in a scrimmage at Swope Soccer Village during the club’s first bye week of the 2016 USL season. The side will face OKC Energy FC in their next league matchup, traveling to Taft Stadium on Saturday, April 23.
USL Team of the Week (Courtesy of USLSoccer.com)
GK – Lalo Fernandez, Real Monarchs SLC: Fernandez recorded his first shutout of the season and made a pair of spectacular saves to keep the game scoreless as the Monarchs won 1-0 in Tulsa.
D – Braeden Troyer, Richmond Kickers: Troyer put in an excellent performance to limit the Rochester Rhinos’ attack as the Kickers earned a 1-0 victory at City Stadium.
D – Taylor Mueller, Charleston Battery: Mueller recorded the game-winning goal, and an assist, while also putting in a strong performance against a rejuvenated Wilmington attack.
D – Tommy Meyer, Swope Park Rangers: Meyer put in a standout defensive display as the Rangers earned a point against a San Antonio FC side that welcomed more than 8,000 fans to its home opener.
D – Sem de Wit, Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2: De Wit made numerous timely blocks and clearances to allow WFC2 to remain undefeated in a scoreless draw against Sacramento.
M – Derrick Etienne Jr., New York Red Bulls II: Etienne recorded his first goal of the season, and was the standout performer as the Red Bulls II romped to victory against Bethlehem 4-0.
M – Niall McCabe, Louisville City FC: McCabe was a standout in midfield throughout and recorded a pair of assists as Louisville bounced back from an early deficit to take a 4-1 win against Orlando.
M – Vince Cicciarelli, Saint Louis FC: Last week’s Player of the Week had another good performance as he scored his third goal of the season in a 2-2 draw against OKC Energy FC.
F – Raheem Edwards, Toronto FC II: Edwards posed a threat all night to FC Montreal’s defense, and finally broke through with a late winner to give TFC II a 2-1 win in the 401 Derby.
F – Sean Okoli, FC Cincinnati: Okoli’s spectacular early goal, which landed at No. 4 on SportsCenter’s Top 10 that night, paved the way for Cincinnati’s win in front of 14,658 at Nippert Stadium.
F – Mike Seth, Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC: Seth had a strong all-around game that was capped with a fine goal as the Switchbacks made it two wins from two to start the season.
Bench: Jon Kempin (SPR), Austin Berry (CIN), Danny Garcia (SA), Kadeem Dacres (LOU), Martin Maybin (COS), Coy Craft (OKC), Didier Crettenand (OC)