Tulsa midfielder Joey Calistri became the sixth Roughnecks player this season to be named to the USL Team of the Week after his standout performance in last week's victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2. (Photo by Lori Scholl)
Chicago Fire loanee Joey Calistri has been an integral part of the Tulsa Roughnecks this season and he proved his value again this past week. Thanks to his contributions in the Roughnecks 3-1 victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 last Wednesday, Calistri was named to the USL Team of the Week.
It is the eleventh time this season that a Roughneck has been chosen for the league’s weekly squad as Calistri became the seventh representative from the club to be honored in 2017. Previous recipients this year include Juan Pablo Caffa (5x), Jorge Corrales, Mo Jadama, Ian Svantesson, Joaquin Rivas, and Francisco Ugarte.
Calistri earned the honor after making an immediate impact in Tulsa’s 3-1 win over Vancouver on the road last week. After entering the game as a substitute in the 55th minute, Calistri quickly helped give the Roughnecks a 2-1 lead with a cross to Svantesson that was promptly placed into the back of the net. Sixty seconds later, Calistri took care of business once again as he beat his defender before cutting back at the top of the box and curving a right-footed shot into the far corner of the net to push the score to its final 3-1 tally.
The goal was Calistri’s eighth of the season, tying him with Caffa for the second-most on the team. More importantly however, the win gave Tulsa 3 points on the road, putting the club at 40 points on the season and setting a new franchise record. The Roughnecks currently sit in fifth place in the USL’s Western Conference with six matches to go in the regular season.
The complete USL Team of the Week is listed below.
Following the final 2017 edition of the Black Gold Derby this Sunday in OKC, the Roughnecks will return to ONEOK Field for their next home match on Saturday, September 23 where they will face the LA Galaxy 2. Kickoff for that match is set for 7:00 PM. Fans wanting to reserve tickets to come cheer on the Roughnecks in their push to claim the first USL playoff berth in franchise history can do so by clicking HERE.
USL Team of the Week
GK – Sean Melvin, Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2: Melvin recorded a seven-save shutout as WFC2 earned a draw on the road against OKC Energy FC on Sunday night.
D – Victor Vasquez, Phoenix Rising FC: Vasquez recorded five tackles and four interceptions over Rising FC’s two outings over the week as the side earned a win and a draw.
D – Lamar Batista, Portland Timbers 2: Batista recorded three interceptions and five clearances as T2 earned a shutout against Real Monarchs SLC on Saturday night.
D – Brent Richards, Reno 1868 FC: Richards recorded the opening goal in Reno’s 2-1 victory against the LA Galaxy II on Wednesday and finished with five tackles and seven interceptions over two games.
M – Pedro Ribeiro, Harrisburg City Islanders: Ribeiro notched the game-winning goal against Saint Louis FC and also notched an assist earlier in the week against the Tampa Bay Rowdies for the City Islanders.
M – Joey Calistri, Tulsa Roughnecks FC: Calistri had the game-winning goal and an assist as the Roughnecks earned a 3-1 victory against Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 to finish their trip to Cascadia with seven points.
M – Speedy Williams, Louisville City FC: Williams scored his first goal of the season from the penalty spot to cap an outstanding midfield performance that saw him complete 81 of 95 passes and win all eight of his regular and aerial duels.
M – Sunny Jane, Richmond Kickers: Jane scored one goal and set up the other with a well-delivered free kick as the Kickers ended Orlando City B’s 12-game undefeated streak on Thursday night.
F – Stefano Bonomo, New York Red Bulls II: Bonomo converted twice from the penalty spot to lead the Red Bulls II to a 2-1 victory against Toronto FC II on Saturday night
F – Irvin Parra, Orange County SC: Parra’s first goal for Orange County lifted the side to a crucial 2-1 victory against the Swope Park Rangers that pushed OCSC back into the playoff picture.
F – Georgi Hristov, Tampa Bay Rowdies: Hristov scored a pair of goals as the Rowdies rallied to defeat the Harrisburg City Islanders 3-2 on Wednesday night at FNB Field.
Bench: Charlie Lyon (OC), A.J. Gray (PHX), Carlos Rodriguez (SAC), Sam Rogers (SEA), Michael Reed (SA), Renzo Zambrano (POR), Luke Spencer (LOU)