Six different clubs are sending players to this the Best XI after what was a short week for the Eastern Conference. Each club that won this week did so with a shutout. A pair of draws to rounded out the fixture list for the East. Below are the players who went above and beyond the rest of the conference in week 13!
Disclaimer: players from the Charlotte v Harrisburg match were not included in this list because the USL site did not have the player stats available by publishing time.
Goalkeeper: Angelo Cavalluzzo, Toronto FC II: 2710 pts
Cavalluzzo helped Toronto FC II record their first win since March 25th, shutting out Orlando City B on Wednesday afternoon. With his fourth clean sheet of the season, Cavalluzzo sits in the top four of saves in the Eastern Conference.
Defender: Ryan Felix, Rochester Rhinos: 3611 pts
Felix became the ninth player to score for the Rhinos this year, as he found the lone goal in the 19th minute in a win over Ottawa on Saturday. The defender also scored off of his first shot of the season.
Defender: Harrison Delbridge, FC Cincinnati: 2724 pts
Harrison Delbridge has become a staple of the Best XI backline and he leads FC Cincinnati in three different defensive categories. Delbridge is also second on the team in minutes, having been one of the most consistent players for Cincinnati this year.
Defender: Charles Reymann, Bethlehem Steel FC: 2483 pts
Reymann was everywhere for Bethlehem on defense this week, with five clearances and interceptions versus the Baby Bulls. Providing a chance on offense, Reymann helped lead Bethlehem to their fourth consecutive unbeaten match.
Defender: Brandon Aubrey, Toronto FC II: 2398 pts
Leading the club in clearances, blocks and interceptions, Brandon Aubrey was a big reason why Toronto FC II earned their sixth clean sheet of the season this past week.
Defender: Oscar Jimenez, Louisville City FC: 2391 pts
Leading the club in interceptions, Jimenez played lights out defense against Pittsburgh on Saturday night. Sitting in the top three in minutes played on the club, Jimenez remains a part of one of the best defenses of the Eastern Conference.
Midfielder: Adam Najem, Bethlehem Steel FC: 2708 pts
His early goal in the fifth minute helped lead Bethlehem to their first win in club history over New York Red Bulls II. Najem became the eighth player to score for Steel this season, and has an impressively accurate, with half of his total shots being on target.
Midfielder: Brian Ownby, Louisville City FC: 2391 pts
Posting his third assist on the year, good enough to lead his club, Brian Ownby proved to be instrumental in the Louisville offense this past week. With 21 chances on the year, Ownby sits tied with Team of the Week teammate Oscar Jimenez for the most on Louisville.
Forward: Romario Williams, Charleston Battery: 2177 pts
The Eastern Conference leader in goals added his eleventh tally in the 63rd minute en route to a draw at FC Cincinnati. Scoring in three of the last five Battery matches, Romario Williams has more than double the amount of goals that the second highest scoring player on Charleston.
Forward: Cameron Lancaster, Louisville City FC: 4032 pts, Player of the Week
Cameron Lancaster provided a streaking free kick goal into the top corner of the net, sending the hosts up a goal just eight minutes into the match. That proved to be just the beginning, as Lancaster doubled Louisville’s lead in the 64th minute. Lancaster has scored three of his four goals on the year at home, and is tied for the lead in goals for Louisville.
Forward: Djiby Fall, FC Cincinnati: 2159 pts
After making his return from suspension last week, Djiby Fall is starting up top. His opening goal in the fourth minute was the earliest goal in FC Cincinnati’s USL history. Even after sitting out six matches this year, Fall still leads the club in goals scored with seven.
Goalkeeper: Jake McGuire, Bethlehem Steel FC: 2550 pts
Defender: Auston Trusty, Bethlehem Steel FC: 2170 pts
Midfielder: Kenardo Forbes, Rochester Rhinos: 2003 pts
Forward: Niall McCabe, Louisville City FC: 2120 pts
For the second week in a row, Louisville City lead the conference with most players on the Team of the Week, with three this time around. With a combined eight players from the Best XI in the past two week’s alone, Louisville’s recent form has been stellar. FC Cincinnati, Bethlehem and Toronto FC II each sent two players of their to this week’s list. Charleston and Rochester round out the Best XI each with a player.
With two of the leading goalscorers in the Eastern Conference on this week’s Best XI, the golden boot race between Romario Williams and Djiby Fall is setting up to be an exciting story line to follow for the rest of the season.
What do you think of this week’s Best XI? Is there a player not listed that you think deserves a mention on our list? Who do you think will make this month’s Best XI? Let us know in the comments below!