TAMPA, Fla. – Orlando City B defender Tyler Turner has been voted the USL Player of the Week for the fifth week of the 2016 season after he led his side to its first victory in club history last Friday. Turner scored both goals as OCB took a 2-1 victory against the Pittsburgh Riverhounds in the USL Game of the Week on ESPN3.
Turner received 46 percent of the poll conducted by a national panel of independent media representing every USL market. Rochester Rhinos forward Christian Volesky finished second with 23 percent.
GK – Billy Thompson, Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC: Thompson recorded three big saves after coming off the bench in the 20th minute to help Colorado Springs take a 1-0 win against San Antonio.
D – Tyler Turner, Orlando City B: The fullback was a threat all evening, and scored a pair of fine goals to lead OCB to a 2-1 win against Pittsburgh, its first in club history.
D – Cyprian Hedrick, OKC Energy FC: Hedrick had a stellar performance at the center of OKC’s defense as Energy FC handed the Swope Park Rangers their first defeat with a 1-0 win.
D – Shawn Ferguson, Charleston Battery: Ferguson helped contain a strong Bethlehem Steel FC attack as the Battery rebounded from their first loss to earn a point on the road.
D – AJ Cochran, Saint Louis FC: Cochran marshaled STLFC’s defense impressively, as the visitors earned a 1-0 victory on the road against Sacramento Republic FC.
M – Fatawu Safiu, Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2: Safiu came off the bench to record a goal and assist as WFC2 rallied for a 2-2 draw on the road against the LA Galaxy II.
M – Enzo Martinez, Charlotte Independence: Martinez earned his second consecutive selection as his goal paved the way for another big win, this time against the Richmond Kickers.
M – Dan Metzger, New York Red Bulls II: Metzger scored the only goal, his first since an injury midway through the 2015 season, to keep New York undefeated with a 1-0 win against Wilmington.
F – Kharlton Belmar, Portland Timbers 2: Belmar earned a second consecutive selection as he was a threat all game in Tulsa, where he scored the opening goal in the first half, and played a key role in the second.
F – Christian Volesky, Rochester Rhinos: Volesky continued his dominant form of a season ago against FC Montreal, scoring both goals as the Rhinos rallied for a 2-1 victory in their home opener.
F – Chandler Hoffman, Louisville City FC: Hoffman’s hot streak continued with another pair of goals as Louisville took its third consecutive win with a 3-2 victory against Harrisburg.
Bench: Mitch Hildebrandt (CIN), Christian Duke (SPR), Paul Wilson (HAR), Jack McBean (LA), Trevin Caesar (OC), Jose Escalante (RGV), Raheem Edwards (TOR)