TEAM OF THE WEEK | Spring Season Week 7

Defenders once again found the scoresheet to headline the latest Team of the Week
NASL Staff | May 18, 2016

FC Edmonton’s Papé Diakité and Minnesota United’s Kevin Venegas impacted both sides of the field in their team’s wins. In goal, Indy Eleven’s Jon Busch put on a vintage display to keep the Eleven unbeaten. 

See who else was a top performer in Week 7 of the Spring Season:  

GK: Jon Busch (Indy Eleven) – Indy remained unbeaten in the Spring Season and Busch had a huge hand in that. He made six crucial saves to keep a clean sheet for the Boys in Blue.

DEF: Dalton (Fort Lauderdale Strikers) – He was strong on the back line for the Strikers, winning his two tackles and four duels, making three clearances and an interception in the scoreless draw with Indy.

DEF: Papé Diakité (FC Edmonton) – He helped shut down a potent New York Cosmos attack, making a whopping seven clearances. He also scored the game-winning goal in the 2-1 win. Diakité was named Player of the Week.

DEF: Kevin Venegas (Minnesota United) – He helped Minnesota move to the top spot in the Spring Season Standings with a strong defensive performance in a 2-0 win. He also scored on a cracking effort that curled into the top corner to open the scoring against Jacksonville Armada FC.

MID: Dustin Corea (FC Edmonton) – The Salvadoran international showed his vision when he played an inch-perfect ball to set up the Eddies’ opening goal. Corea was always an option on the flank for Edmonton in the counterattack, firing three shots on frame.

MID: Juan Guerra (Tampa Bay Rowdies) – He helped limit a dangerous Rayo OKC attack and battled tirelessly for 90 minutes in the draw, winning eight duels.

MID: Michel (Rayo OKC) – He added his fourth goal of the season, finishing off a defensive miscue by the Tampa Bay Rowdies in the 1-1 draw. He created two other chances for his teammates in the game.

MID: Yohandry Orozco (New York Cosmos) – The Venezuelan international put in a vibrant display against the Eddies and looked dangerous each time the ball was at his feet. He scored a quality goal after creating space in the box for himself, but the Cosmos were unable to get points in Edmonton.

MID: Calvin Rezende (Miami FC) – The young midfielder put in a strong display for Miami. He created the best chance for the expansion side to score, but was also key in helping keep the clean sheet defensively. Rezende won two tackles and four duels, while also making a clearance.

FWD: Nazmi Albadawi (Carolina RailHawks) – The RailHawks captain put in a lively 90 minutes to help create several scoring opportunities. Carolina played to a scoreless draw with Miami FC, though.

FWD: Stefano Pinho (Minnesota United) – Last year’s Golden Boot and Golden Ball winner tallied his first goal for the Loons in the win over Jacksonville.

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