Last Wednesday, Jesus Ferreira delivered the first hat trick in the history of the Tulsa Roughnecks FC franchise. Today, Ferreira was honored for his performance, being named the USL Player of the Week. He is the first TRFC member to receive the Player of the Week award since Ian Svantesson in May of last season.
Ferreira received 40 percent of the vote in a poll conducted with a national panel of independent media representing every USL market. San Antonio FC’s Lance Laing finished second with 30 percent after recording two goals and two assists in SAFC’s two wins in Week 26.
The 17-year-old Ferreira, who is on loan to the Roughnecks from FC Dallas of Major League Soccer, had the his best game as a professional in Tulsa’s 4-4 draw with Seattle Sounders FC 2. He netted the first of his three goals in the first half, before scoring a pair of goals in the second half just two minutes apart.
Ferreira, whose dad, David Ferreira, was the MVP of Major League Soccer in 2010, has scored six goals for the Roughnecks this season, second only to the ten goals from Joaquin Rivas.
The complete USL Team of the Week for Week 26 of the league’s season is below.
USL Team of the Week
GK – Justin Vom Steeg, LA Galaxy II: Vom Steeg recorded eight saves, including a 90th-minute penalty kick denial, to lead the Galaxy II to a 2-1 victory on the road against Las Vegas Lights FC on Saturday night.
D – Carl Haworth, Ottawa Fury FC: Slotting into the back line instead of his usual more attacking role, Haworth recorded seven clearances, four interceptions and provided the assist on Adonijah Reid’s game-winner in Fury FC’s 4-3 win against Toronto FC II.
D – Cyprian Hedrick, San Antonio FC: Hedrick scored his first professional goal in his 132nd USL appearance, while also recording eight clearances and three interceptions over SAFC’s two victories on the week.
D – Graham Smith, Swope Park Rangers: Smith won seven of nine duels and recorded six clearances, four interceptions and one tackle as the Rangers earned a 1-0 victory against Fresno FC on Sunday evening.
M – Kenardo Forbes, Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC: Forbes scored what proved to be the game-winning goal, had five key passes and completed 55 of 66 passes overall in the club’s victory against Bethlehem Steel FC on Friday night.
M – Aodhan Quinn, Orange County SC: Quinn recorded the game-winning goal and his 11th assist of the season as Orange County staged a dramatic comeback to defeat OKC Energy FC 3-2 on Saturday night.
M – Lance Laing, San Antonio FC: Laing recorded a goal and assist in both of SAFC’s victories against Real Monarchs SLC and Phoenix Rising FC over the week to continue his sparkling form.
M – Marvin Loria, Portland Timbers 2: Loria had a goal and assist, recorded five key passes and completed 29 of 31 passes overall to lead T2 to a 4-0 victory against Tulsa Roughnecks FC.
F – Jesus Ferreira, Tulsa Roughnecks FC: The 17-year-old Ferreira scored his first professional hat trick as the Roughnecks played to a 4-4 draw with Seattle Sounders FC 2 on Wednesday night.
F – Eugene Starikov, Indy Eleven: Starikov scored the first two goals as Indy took a 3-0 victory against the New York Red Bulls II last Wednesday night to extend the club’s undefeated streak to nine games.
F – Christian Eissele, Sacramento Republic FC: Eissele came off the bench in the first half and helped Republic FC put a 3-0 victory against Seattle Sounders FC 2 away with a pair of second-half goals for the hosts.
Bench: J.T. Marcinkowski (RNO), Jon Gallagher (ATL), Kyle Greig (STL), Patrick Okonkwo (CHS), Solomon Asante (PHX), Brandon Allen (NSH), Todd Wharton (RGV)