TAMPA, Fla. – New York Red Bulls II defender Mandela Egbo was named to the Week 27 USL Championship Team of the Week, the league announced today.
Egbo scored his fourth goal of the season in New York’s 3-0 victory over Loudoun United FC on October 20.
He has made eight starts over New York’s last nine matches, playing every minute of those contests. For the season, he has started all 19 matches he has played in while not being subbed off once.
The nomination is the second of the season for Egbo, as he made the bench of the Week 23 Team of the Week for recording two assists, including the game-winner, against the Charleston Battery on September 22.
USL Championship Team of the Week – Week 27
GK – Jeff Dewsnup, Real Monarchs SLC: The 17-year-old recorded a nine-save performance, including a penalty kick save to deny current Championship Golden Boot leader Hadji Barry late in the first half, as the Monarchs held Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC to a 1-1 draw on Friday night.
D – Macauley King, El Paso Locomotive FC: The English full back recorded a pair of goals off set pieces in Locomotive FC’s 4-0 win against OKC Energy FC on Sunday night while also winning 3 of 3 duels and completing 30 of 33 passes as Locomotive FC completed an undefeated home slate this regular season at 13-0-3.
D – Mandela Egbo, New York Red Bulls II: Mandela Egbo scored once and had three shots overall in the Red Bulls II’s 3-0 win against Loudoun United FC on Wednesday night and defensively won 2 of 2 tackles and 7 of 12 duels and made three clearances.
D – Jonathan Gomez, Louisville City FC: The 18-year-old standout recorded one assist and two key passes in LouCity’s 3-1 win against Memphis 901 FC on Saturday night while recording three interceptions and six recoveries defensively and completing 38 of 45 passes.
M – Bruno Lapa, Birmingham Legion FC: The Brazilian playmaker recorded two goals and one assist and three key passes in Legion FC’s 6-0 victory against Sporting Kansas City II on Sunday evening while completing 33 of 40 passes overall and making four recoveries defensively.
M – Christian Sorto, Rio Grande Valley FC: The El Salvador international recorded both assists as Rio Grande Valley FC took a 2-0 victory against New Mexico United on Saturday night to keep its playoff chances alive and finished the game with four key passes while completing 26 of 30 passes overall and recording eight recoveries.
M – Chris Wehan, New Mexico United: Chris Wehan powered a 4-2 victory against San Antonio FC on Wednesday night with an individual performance that saw him score twice and register a single-game career best nine shots and five shots on target to play a role in all four goals at Isotopes Park.
M – Dylan Mares, El Paso Locomotive FC: Dylan Mares recorded three assists across two victories for Locomotive FC during the week while finishing with eight key passes overall. He also completed 74 of 92 passes and made 11 recoveries over the two outings.
F – Cameron Lancaster, Louisville City FC: The English standout recorded the second hat trick of his career in the Championship, notching all three goals in LouCity’s 3-1 win against Memphis 901 FC to reach 20 goals for the regular season while also completing 14 of 18 passes.
F – Josue Aaron Gomez, El Paso Locomotive FC: The Mexican forward reached double-digits for the season with three goals in two games and added a pair of assists while recording five key passes overall and winning 11 of 19 duels across two victories.
F – Marlon Vargas, Tacoma Defiance: The 20-year-old recorded three assists in the Defiance’s 3-2 victory against the LA Galaxy II on Sunday afternoon, becoming the 22nd different player to do so in the league’s regular season, while also completing 18 of 22 passes and 4 of 6 dribbles and winning 7 of 11 duels.
Bench: Elliot Panicco (ATX), Kevin Garcia (TUL), Logan Gdula (CHS), Todd Wharton (PIT), Zach Herivaux (BHM), Sebastian Guenzatti (TBR), Ronaldo Damus (OC)