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USL Western Conference - Best XI Week 4

This week’s Best XI is dominated by the Texas twosome of San Antonio and Rio Grande Valley.

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Once more it is time to jump into the team of the week based on information pulled from Opta. In the wake of a 4-0 blowout by San Antonio this week, they dominated the rankings, but who else had a performance that gained them a spot?

The Players

Goalkeeper: Matt Cardone – San Antonio FC, 2800 pts

Cardone helped lead San Antonio to their fourth straight game undefeated with a shut out over Reno.

Defender: Sebastian Ibeagha – San Antonio FC, 3571 pts

Ibeagha helped preserve a shutout victory and notched an assist as San Antonio blanked Reno.

Defender: Greg Cochrane – San Antonio FC, 3405 pts

Cochrane earned his first assist of the season and helped with the third shutout of the year for San Antonio.

Defender: Amer Didic – Swope Park Rangers, 2880 pts

Didic provided multiple clearances as Swope Park withstood a late push by Sacramento to keep the shutout.

Defender: Nouhou Tolo – Seattle Sounders 2, 2815 pts

Tolo scored for Seattle as they earned their second win of the season.

Midfielder: Billy Forbes – San Antonio FC, 3279 pts

Forbes scored and recorded an assist as San Antonio continued their early season unbeaten run.

Midfielder: Eric Bird – Rio Grande Valley Toros, 2770 pts

Through multiple created chances, Bird helped the Toros take down Colorado Springs as they continue to creep up the table.

Midfielder: Miguel Gonzalez – Oklahoma City Energy, 2561 pts

Gonzalez scored the difference maker in a 1-0 victory over Sacramento and found himself atop the SportsCenter Top 10.

Forward: Cesar Elizondo – San Antonio FC, 3822 pts – Player of the Week

Elizondo notched a brace on his way to leading San Antonio to a third victory in four games.

Forward: Memo Rodriguez – Rio Grande Valley Toros, 3402 pts

Rodriguez had himself a brace in RGV’s second win in a row.

Forward: Camilo Monroy – Rio Grande Valley Toros, 2757 pts

Monroy had a late goal to seal the 3-1 victory for the Toros over the Switchbacks.

Honorable Mentions:

Goalkeeper: Andrew Dykstra – Swope Park Rangers, 2710 pts

Defender: Stephen McCarthy – San Antonio FC, 2431 pts

Midfielder: Mastanabal Kacher – Colorado Springs Switchbacks, 2401 pts

Forward: Mark Gonzalez – Swope Park Rangers, 2214 pts

Final thoughts:

The Week Four Team of the Week was dominated by the Texas two-some of San Antonio FC and Rio Grande Valley Toros, with 73% of the list coming from those two teams.

Will Texas continue their dominance or will other clubs jump onto the scene? Stay tuned for next week’s numbers!