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Costanzo Named Player of the Week
Led Riverhounds to pair of victories in Florida

USL PRO News Release

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

TAMPA, Fla. – USL PRO named its Team of the Week for Week 20 of the season on Tuesday, with Pittsburgh Riverhounds defender Rich Costanzo earning Player of the Week honors after leading his side to a pair of victories in Florida. The Riverhounds captain had the game-winning goal in a win against VSI Tampa Bay FC, and then played the full 90 minutes as Pittsburgh shut out Orlando City to put itself firmly in the middle of the USL PRO playoff picture.

Needing a win to move even with Tampa Bay on Friday night, Pittsburgh trailed at halftime, but came out with a renewed energy to start the second half. It was rewarded with an equalizer in the 54th minute through Robert Vincent. Costanzo then gave his side the lead, making a strong run through the midfield before making his way into the right side of the penalty area and slotting his finish into the left corner of the net.

Costanzo also put in a strong performance on Saturday night as the Riverhounds took a 1-0 victory against Orlando City, which marked a second consecutive shutout of the Lions by Pittsburgh. Michael Green also put in a strong performance for the Riverhounds, and joined Costanzo on the Team of the Week for his efforts.

Wilmington and Harrisburg also had two players selected to the Team of the Week, with the Hammerheads’ Kyle Greig and Phil Tuttle both earning selection after a pair of victories to keep their playoff hopes alive. Greig scored in both of Wilmington’s victories against Charleston and Dayton, while Tuttle had a six-save shutout as the Hammerheads edged the Dutch Lions 1-0.

Harrisburg’s Lucky Mkosana earned a berth on the Team of the Week for the third consecutive week as he extended his goal-scoring streak to five games. Mkosana scored in both the City Islanders’ 3-1 win against Phoenix Wednesday night, and also in Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Los Angeles. He is joined by Matt Bahner, who scored his first professional goal in Harrisburg’s win against the Wolves.

Los Angeles’ Matt Fondy completed the attacking trio on the Team of the Week after his game-tying goal against Harrisburg, while Charleston’s Mike Azira led a quartet of midfielders as he scored twice in the Battery’s 5-2 victory that ended Richmond’s hopes of an undefeated regular season.

The Kickers’ Nate Robinson was also selected after a standout performance in his side’s 1-0 win against Charlotte on Friday night, while Orlando’s Christian Duke earned his place after scoring the game-winning goal against Tampa Bay on Sunday night. Dayton’s Greg Preciado rounded out the team with the final defensive spot after his goal began the Dutch Lions’ fight-back to earn a 3-1 win against Rochester on Friday night.

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USL PRO Team of the Week

Pos

Player 

Team

Highlights

GK

Phil Tuttle

Wilmington

Six-save shutout helped Hammerheads claim win in Dayton

D

Mike Green

Pittsburgh

Standout two-way performance as Riverhounds downed Orlando

D

Greg Preciado

Dayton

Scored the Dutch Lions’ opener as they rallied past the Rhinos

D

Rich Costanzo

Pittsburgh

Had the game-winning goal as Riverhounds defeated VSI

M

Matt Bahner

Harrisburg

First professional goal came in victory against Phoenix

M

Mike Azira

Charleston

Scored twice as Battery ended Richmond’s undefeated streak

M

Nate Robinson

Richmond

Assisted on game-winning goal in win against Charlotte

M

Christian Duke

Orlando

Scored the game-winner as the Lions defeated Tampa Bay

F

Matt Fondy

Los Angeles

Scored a late equalizer for Blues against Harrisburg

F

Lucky Mkosana

Harrisburg

Extended scoring streak to five games in west-coast swing

F

Kyle Greig

Wilmington

Had two goals in two games as Hammerheads stayed alive

Honorable Mention: Charleston – Colin Falvey, Jose Cuevas; Dayton – Brandon Swartzendruber, Gibson Bardsley; Harrisburg – Jamiel Hardware, Stephen Basso; Los Angeles – Rodrigo Lopez, George Davis IV; Phoenix: David Paul, Donny Toia; Pittsburgh – Greg Blum, Robert Vincent; Richmond – Joseph Ngwenya, Alex Lee; Rochester – JC Banks; Tampa Bay – Tony Donatelli; Wilmington – Mickael Oliveira, Daniel Roberts.

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