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USL Western Conference Best XI - Week 6

A new record high for the season sees familiar faces return to the team of the week

After adjusting the Week 1 and 2 scores for our revised system, which removed how much goals scored are emphasized, we have a new high score for the season, just barely failing to break the 5000-point mark.

Goalkeeper: Spencer Richey, Vancouver Whitecaps 2 - 2660 pts

Richey recorded a five-save shutout against Sacramento as he became the first player to win keeper of the week in the West without having recorded a win.

Defender: Max Lachowecki, Real Monarchs SLC - 2136 pts

Lachowecki earned back to back team of the week honors with an assist and winning three quarters of his challenges against a slumping Swope Park side.

Defender: James Moberg, Real Monarchs SLC - 2466 pts

Moberg continued to contribute to the Monarchs attack with a goal that earned him a USL Goal of the Week nomination. He contributed six clearances to earn his second appearance on the team of the week.

Defender: Ben Newnam, San Antonio FC - 2689 pts

Newnam recorded an assist and one shutout along with five clearances over two matches, as San Antonio has still only allowed four goals all season.

Defender: Sem de Wit, Vancouver Whitecaps 2 - 2871 pts

de Wit helped Vancouver hold out against a Sacramento attack with nine clearances and eight interceptions to take the highest defensive player score of the week.

Midfielder: Francisco Narbon, Seattle Sounders 2 - 2466 pts

Narbon won a majority of his duels while adding an assist and two chances as Seattle was able to grind out a snowy road win against a ten-man Switchbacks team.

Midfielder: Zachary Herivaux, San Antonio FC - 2640 pts

A part of both games as San Antonio took six point this week, Herivaux got on the scoreboard as his team is off to the hottest start in the USL.

Midfielder: Billy Forbes, San Antonio FC - 2922 pts

Forbes is making a case as the USL MVP early on, with his fourth appearance on the team of the week list after only six weeks of play. A goal in both of his games this week helped cement him as one of the best in the league.

Midfielder: Joseph Holland, Rio Grande Valley Toros - 3453 pts

Holland helped lift the Toros past their regional rivals Oklahoma City, recording a goal and an assist. With three of his four shots being on target, he continually kept the Energy on guard.

Forward: Felix Chenkam, Seattle Sounders 2 - 3324 pts

It took only five minutes early in the second half for Chenkam to record a brace as Seattle dispatched a ten-man Colorado Springs side.

Forward: Cesar Elizondo, San Antonio FC - 4927 pts - Player of the Week

Elizondo recorded a brace and an assist against Portland while being a presence against Seattle, as San Antonio continued their early season run with two wins this past week. This performance earned him the most points in a single game this season to date.

Honorable Mentions:

Goalkeeper: Diego Restrepo, San Antonio FC - 1985 pts

Defender: Dominick Zator, Vancouver Whitecaps 2 - 1961 pts

Midfielder: Devin Vega, San Antonio FC - 2425 pts

Forward: Irvin Parra, Seattle Sounders 2 - 2381 pts

Thoughts:

Billy Forbes continues to be the standout player in the West, and is a regular on the team of the week. San Antonio will look to continue their run at the most represented team in the West, now leading with 13 total appearances through six weeks. With only six teams having earned at least five appearances, this does well to reflect how powerful San Antonio is.

With a team in the modified scoring coming up just short of the 5000-point mark, it seems like an inevitability that someone will break this mark by the end of the season. Who do you think it will be? Let us know in the comments below!