CINCINNATI – Jimmy McLaughlin was named to the United Soccer League Team of the Week after notching his second consecutive goal, which proved to be the game-winner in a 1-0 defeat of Pittsburgh Riverhounds last Saturday at Nippert Stadium.
McLaughlin fired a shot that was deflected away by goalie Mauricio Vargas but the midfielder slammed the rebound home to give FCC the lead for good.
McLaughlin, who scored the game-tying goal in a 1-1 draw against Harrisburg City the previous Saturday, gave FC Cincinnati its first lead since Apr. 16. It was also the first time since
The Malvern, PA native, who was the first FCC player to earn weekly recognition by the USL, has a pair of goals and an assist to total five points.
USL Team of the Week
GK – Mauricio Vargas, Pittsburgh Riverhounds: Vargas kept his side in the game against Cincinnati, recording eight saves, including several spectacular ones at Nippert Stadium.
D – Sam McBride, San Antonio FC: McBride put in a consistent performance throughout as San Antonio earned a point on the road against OKC Energy FC on Sunday night.
D – Nick Hagglund, Toronto FC II: Hagglund marshalled TFC II’s back line well as the host took a big 1-0 win against the Richmond Kickers last Wednesday.
D – Michael Gallagher, Portland Timbers 2: Gallagher put in a strong defensive shift on the road against Colorado Springs, and almost found a late equalizer for T2 in the USL Game of the Week on ESPN3.
M – George Davis IV, Louisville City FC: Davis scored his first goal for Louisville, and was a threat offensively all game as City took a 2-0 win against Saint Louis FC.
M – Maikel Chang, Charleston Battery: Chang had a goal and assist as the Battery defeated Toronto 2-0 on Saturday to add to his assist in Charleston’s win against Harrisburg on Monday.
M – Alphonso Davies, Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2: Davies became the youngest player to score in the USL’s history at 15 years of age as WFC2 took a 4-3 win against the LA Galaxy II.
M – Jimmy McLaughlin, FC Cincinnati: McLaughlin had a standout performance in front of a record crowd at Nippert Stadium, and scored the lone goal in Cincinnati’s win against Pittsburgh.
M – Tommy Thompson, Sacramento Republic FC: The San Jose Earthquakes loanee scored both goals as Sacramento earned a 2-0 victory against Seattle at a sold-out Bonney Field.
F – Kyle Greig, Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2: Greig continued his hot streak with two goals on Sunday as WFC2 took a 4-3 win against the LA Galaxy II to remain undefeated.
F – Tyler Pasher, Swope Park Rangers: Pasher scored both goals, including a late winner, as the Rangers took a 2-1 victory against Tulsa Roughnecks FC.
Bench: Devala Gorrick (COS), Shawn Ferguson (CHS), Austin Martz (WIL), Mauro Manotas (RGV), Jose Villarreal (LA), Danni König (OKC), Cameron Lancaster (LOU)