Tulsa Roughnecks FC midfielder Joaquin Rivas has been named to the USL’s Team of the Week in recognition for his performance in TRFC’s two matches last week.
Rivas began the week by picking up an assist in Tulsa’ loss to Swope Park on Tuesday. On Saturday, he scored his third goal of the season in TRFC’s 2-0 victory over the league-leading Real Monarchs at ONEOK Field. After a scoreless first half, Rivas opened the game’s scoring in the 47th minute.
Goalkeeper Fabian Cerda earned a spot as a reserve on the Team of Week for shutout against the Monarchs. Cerda recorded six saves in what was the fourth clean sheet of the year for the Roughnecks.
The complete Team of the Week is below.
GK – Josh Cohen, Phoenix Rising FC: Cohen recorded six saves, including a penalty kick denial, as Rising FC earned a 0-0 draw with Reno 1868 FC to earn a point and the team’s first shutout of the season.
D – Tyler Pasher, Swope Park Rangers: Pasher played well in a pair of SPR victories, recording six tackles and three interceptions, and providing the assist on the game-winning goal against the LA Galaxy II.
D – Emrah Klimenta, Sacramento Republic FC: Klimenta scored the opening goal, registered two interceptions and two tackles, and completed 47-of-53 passes in a solid all-around display.
D – Kai Greene, Rio Grande Valley FC: Greene played a key role in the Toros’ shutout of Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC for a 1-0 win, recording three tackles and four interceptions.
M – David Estrada, Charlotte Independence: Estrada had both goals as the Independence earned a 2-1 victory against the Rochester Rhinos on Saturday night.
M – Joaquin Rivas, Tulsa Roughnecks FC: Rivas had a goal and assist in two games over the week, including the game-winner in the Roughnecks’ 2-0 victory against Real Monarchs SLC on Saturday.
M – Maikel Chang, Charleston Battery: Chang recorded two assists as the Battery earned a 2-0 victory against the Tampa Bay Rowdies to remain six points clear in the Eastern Conference.
M – Brian Ownby, Louisville City FC: Ownby set the tone for Louisville’s performance, scoring an early goal and creating other chances through his pressure in a 2-1 victory against Ottawa Fury FC.
M – Villyan Bijev, Portland Timbers 2: Bijev scored a pair of goals to twice give T2 the lead in a dramatic 3-3 draw against Orange County SC on Saturday evening.
F – Pedro Ribeiro, Harrisburg City Islanders: Ribeiro had a goal and assist, and helped set up a third City Islanders goal, in Harrisburg’s 4-3 victory against Toronto FC II on Saturday.
F – Brandon Allen, New York Red Bulls II: Allen scored the only goal of the game – his 30th for the Red Bulls II – and also completed 33-of-39 passes and created eight scoring chances in a strong all-around display.
Bench: Fabian Cerda (TUL), Aaron Jones (BST), Kris Tyrpak (SA), Nansel Selbol (SPR), Lorenzo Ramos (SEA), Luca Uccello (TOR), Djiby Fall (CIN)
Joaquin Rivas has been named to the USL's Team of the Week. (Photo by Lori Scholl)