RENO, Nev. – After one of the best weeks of his career, Reno 1868 FC forward Brian Brown earned his first USL Player of the Week award Tuesday.
Bown recorded three goals across a pair of 1868 FC victories during the week, including a brace (two goals) in Reno’s 3-0 victory against Western Conference-leader Real Monarchs SLC last Tuesday night.
Brown scored his eighth goal of the season Sunday in Reno’s 2-1 thrilling comeback win over Seattle Sounders 2. He is now one goal off from the lead in the Golden Boot race (most goals in a single season).
Joining Brown on the Team of the Week was defender Thomas Janjigian, earning his first USL Team of the Week honors as a pro.
Janjigian completed 102 of 110 passes, won six of eight duels and recorded nine clearances in Reno’s two wins.
Both Brown and Janjigian return to Reno on Saturday for Reno’s international friendly against Morelia Monarcas at 7:30 p.m. at Greater Nevada Field. Both will also be in action Wednesday on the road against LA Galaxy II at 7:30 p.m.
USL Team of the Week
GK – Brian Sylvestre, LA Galaxy II: Sylvestre recorded a six-save shutout, as the Galaxy II took a 3-0 victory against Orange County SC despite being reduced to 10 men in the first half.
D – Joe Greenspan, Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC: Greenspan won 19 of 25 duels, recorded 15 clearances and made seven interceptions across two shutouts, as Riverhounds SC picked up a pair of victories.
D – Nicolas Samayoa, Las Vegas Lights FC: Samayoa won 22 of 29 duels overall, recorded four tackles and two interceptions and provided the assist on Las Vegas’ goal in a 1-0 victory against Saint Louis.
D – Thomas Janjigian, Reno 1868 FC: Janjigian completed 102 of 110 passes, won six of eight duels and recorded nine clearances, as Reno claimed a pair of victories, including a 3-0 win against Real Monarchs SLC.
M – Adrian Vera, LA Galaxy II: Vera provided the assists on Los Dos’ opening two goals in a 3-0 victory against Orange County SC, while also recording two tackles, one interception and four clearances.
M – Amando Moreno, New York Red Bulls II: Moreno recorded a goal and assist, notched five key passes and won seven of 11 duels in the Red Bulls II’s 6-1 victory against ATL UTD 2.
M – Felipe Hernandez, Swope Park Rangers: Hernandez scored an outstanding opening goal while also completing 34 of 41 passes and recording four tackles in Swope Park’s 2-0 road victory against Seattle.
M – Kyle Smith, Louisville City FC: Smith scored the opening goal, recorded two key passes and completed 44 of 57 passes overall, as Louisville took a 2-1 victory on the road against Tampa Bay.
F – Juan Pablo Caffa, Fresno FC: Caffa recorded two goals and an assist, as the Foxes took a 4-2 victory on the road against the Portland Timbers 2 on Sunday to boost their playoff hopes.
F – Brian Brown, Reno 1868 FC: Brown scored three goals across two games, as 1868 FC recorded a pair of victories to run its undefeated streak to 15 games and move into third place in the Western Conference.
F – Lucky Mkosana, Penn FC: Mkosana recorded a goal and assist and recorded five key passes, as Penn claimed a 3-2 victory against Bethlehem Steel FC to move into the playoff positions in the Eastern Conference.
Bench: Jake Leeker (SLC), Ayoze (IND), Georgi Hristov (TBR), Jose Barril (OKC), Christiano Francois (PGH), Fabian Herbers (BST), Matt LaGrassa (NSH)