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Walker Earns USL Team of the Week Nod

By D.J. Switzer, 04/24/18, 1:30PM EDT


CINCINNATI, OH -- Midfielder Kenney Walker was named to the bench in the USL's Team of the Week following a pivotal substitute performance in FC Cincinnati's 2-2 draw with Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC on Saturday at Nippert Stadium.

Walker came off the bench in the 70th minute and scored what a match-tying goal just nine minutes later to rescue a point against a Pittsburgh side that hadn't conceded in their first 419 minutes of play during the 2018 season. The match also marked Walker's return after two weeks on the sidelines following a heavy hit from Jack McInerney in the 14th minute of FCC's Week 3 victory at Indy Eleven.

While this is his first selection to the USL Team of the Week this season, this is Walker's fifth time receiving the honor overall since joining FC Cincinnati ahead of the 2016 season.

FC Cincinnati are next in action this Saturday, April 28th, when they head to Ontario to face Ottawa Fury FC in a 2pm fixture that will be shown locally on Star 64 (WSTR) and streamed on ESPN+. The Orange & Blue will then return home the following Saturday, May 5th, for a 7pm kickoff against Atlanta United 2. Tickets are available now online at or via phone at 513-977-KICK.

The full USL Team of the Week can be found below.

GK – Diego Restrepo, San Antonio FC: Recorded a six-save shutout to earn SAFC a point on the road in a 0-0 draw against Fresno FC on Sunday night.

D – Sean Reynolds, Saint Louis FC: Reynolds recorded five clearances and four interceptions as Saint Louis held OKC Energy FC without a shot on goal in a 1-0 victory on the road.

D – Ken Tribbett, Penn FC: Tribbett capped a solid defensive performance – won 10 of 14 duels overall and made five interceptions – with a spectacular bicycle-kick goal that served as a late equalizer against the Charleston Battery.

D – Taylor Hunter, Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC: Hunter recorded eight interceptions and won eight of 13 duels as the Switchbacks limited Seattle to one shot on goal in a 0-0 draw at Weidner Field.

M – Villyan Bijev, Sacramento Republic FC: Bijev scored the game-winning goal, recorded three key passes, won 10 of 14 duels and completed 35 of 41 passes in Republic FC’s 2-1 victory against Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC.

M – Joe Cole, Tampa Bay Rowdies: Cole notched a goal and assist while putting in a solid all-around performance in midfield, completing 23 of 26 passes as the Rowdies defeated Real Monarchs SLC 2-0.

M – Thomas Vancaeyezeele, Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC: Vancaeyezeele scored the Hounds’ second goal, but he was also stellar all over the field as he won 10 of 12 duels and recorded nine clearances, three interceptions and two tackles.

M – Solomon Asante, Phoenix Rising FC: Asante had a goal – a late equalizer – and an assist while also recording three key passes in Phoenix’s 2-2 draw with the Swope Park Rangers.

F – Kharlton Belmar, Swope Park Rangers: Belmar continued his stellar season with a pair of goals while also completing 36 of 42 passes in the Rangers’ 2-2 draw on the road against Phoenix Rising FC.

F – Jon Bakero, Tulsa Roughnecks FC: Bakero had a goal – a stoppage-time equalizer – and an assist as the Roughnecks earned a 2-2 draw with Fresno FC.

F – Danny Musovski, Reno 1868 FC: Musovski’s two goals in the final 15 minutes led 1868 FC to a comeback 2-1 victory against the Portland Timbers 2.

Bench: Calle Brown (SEA), Billy Forbes (PHX), Kenney Walker (CIN), Georgi Hristov (TBR), Antoine Hoppenot (RNO), Kevin Oliveira (OTT), Foster Langsdorf (POR)

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