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USL Western Conference Best XI - Week 8

A second two-time Western Conference Player of the Week emerges.

In the first eight weeks of our ICS Best XIs, there has only been one player who has taken home two Player of the Week awards: San Antonio FC’s Cesar Elizondo. That changed this week thanks to Tulsa’s Ian Svantesson.

Goalkeeper: Borja Angoitia - Rio Grande Valley Toros, 2870 pts

A four save shutout against one of the top teams in the league with a large amount of play out of the backfield gave the Toros their second keeper of the week award in the West, tying them for most overall.

Defender: James Moberg - Real Monarchs SLC, 2050 pts

Moberg logged his third Western Conference team of the week performance behind two shutout victories, nine clearances, and five shutouts as the Monarchs picked up six points in a week.

Defender: Sebastian Ibeagha - San Antonio FC, 2083 pts

Ibeagha had eight clearances as he helped keep Seattle out of the net and launched San Antonio to the longest unbeaten streak to start the season.

Defender: Kody Wakasa - Phoenix Rising, 2260 pts

Wakasa never lost a duel all night and he added an assist as Phoenix took home a very memorable home win.

Midfielder: Todd Wharton - Rio Grande Valley Toros, 2280 pts

Not only was Wharton’s lone shot of the match a goal, it’s a potential Goal of the Week.

Midfielder: Charlie Adams - Real Monarchs SLC, 2651 pts

Adams added a goal and won over 80% of his duels in a two-game week that saw the Monarchs pick up six out of six points

Midfielder: Sebastian Velasquez - Real Monarchs SLC, 2904 pts

One goal from the run of play and one from the penalty spot saw Velasquez help the Monarchs take six points from two games.

Midfielder: Juan Pablo Caffa - Tulsa Roughnecks, 4003 pts

Caffa had a brilliant free kick goal in two separate games this week as Tulsa cruised to a six point week. He added a total of eleven created chances as he proved to be a critical member of the Roughnecks.

Forward: Glorie Amanda - Vancouver Whitecaps 2, 2136 pts

Amanda played two matches in last week and found the back of the net in both games to earn his second Team of the Week honors this season.

Forward: Jason Johnson - Phoenix Rising, 2276 pts

Johnson put Phoenix out in front early in the second half with a goal and added a created chance of his own as his team ended their home stand in style.

Forward: Ian Svantesson - Tulsa Roughnecks, 4359 pts - Player of the Week

Four goals in two games saw Svantesson move up to the top 10 in the USL for goals scored as he earned his second Western Conference Player of the Week award of this season.

Honorable Mentions:

Goalkeeper: Fabian Cerda - Tulsa Roughnecks, 2550 pts

Defender: Max Lachowecki - Real Monarchs SLC, 1918 pts

Midfielder: Daniel Harber - Real Monarchs SLC, 2280 pts

Forward: Shaun Wright-Phillips - Phoenix Rising, 2097 pts

Most Represented Teams All-Time:

1) San Antonio FC (15)

2) Real Monarchs SLC (14)

3) Tulsa Roughnecks (10)

4) Rio Grande Valley (8)

5) Vancouver Whitecaps 2 (6)

Thoughts:

Yet again, the top three teams in our Power Rankings continue to dominate the Western Conference Team of the Week, but the Monarchs are making aggressive pushes in both the rankings and the Team of the Week to catch San Antonio.

Will the Monarchs take over the top spot in representation? Who will be the first three time player of the week? Let us know in the comments!