TEAM OF THE WEEK | Spring Season Week 1

Goalkeeper Jimmy Maurer, midfielder Kyle Bekker, and forward Tanner Thompson headline first Team of the Week in 2017
NASL Staff (@naslofficial} | Mar 29, 2017

The NASL season kicked off on March 25 and there was very little separation between the sides. All three opening weekend games ended in draws. During the contests, though, there were several key individual perfomances, including a pair of San Fransicso Deltas players that helped the club earn its first point.

Here's the full rundown of the first Team of the Week of the 2017 season: 

GK: Jimmy Maurer (New York Cosmos) – The Cosmos shot-stopper kept a clean sheet in the 0-0 draw with Puerto Rico FC, making five saves in the process.

DEF: Reiner Ferreira (San Francisco Deltas) – He made eight clearances, four interceptions, and won all three of his tackles and five duels as San Francisco earned its first point in club history with the 1-1 draw against Indy Eleven.  

DEF: Daniel Keller (Indy Eleven) – The defender put in a strong shift, making five clearances and winning five duels.

DEF: Connor Tobin (North Carolina FC) – The center back was strong in the middle of defense, winning four of his five duels and making four interceptions and four clearances in the 1-1 draw with Miami FC.   

DEF: Carlos Mendes (New York Cosmos) – The club’s captain made six clearances and won four duels to help keep Puerto Rico FC off the scoresheet in the draw.

MID: Kyle Bekker (San Francisco Deltas) – The Canadian international scored the first goal in Deltas history and created two other chances. He was also named Player of the Week for his efforts in the draw with Indy.

MID: Yuma (Puerto Rico FC) – The defensive midfielder battled all game long, winning eight duels and three tackles. He also made three interceptions as he helped limit the Cosmos attack, which had zero shots on target.

MID: Ben Speas (Indy Eleven) – He was tied for the most chances created over the weekend with four and was rewarded for it with an assist for the game-tying goal.

FWD: Kwadwo Poku (Miami FC) – He was active in the attack throughout his 71 minutes on the field and scored the equalizing goal in the 14th minute against North Carolina FC.

FWD: Tanner Thompson (Indy Eleven) – Making his pro debut, Thompson had a moment he won’t soon forget. He scored the game-tying goal to earn a point on the road for the Boys in Blue.

FWD: Matthew Fondy (North Carolina FC) – He scored the opening goal of the NASL season, finding the back of the net just four minutes into the game. 

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