Week 13 pro honors announced

 
 
The Portland Timbers, having trailed the leaders for most of the season with fewer games played, caught up to the pack over the weekend and climbed into first with a pair of wins over the California Victory in the friendly confines of PGE Park and was capped off with David Hague recording the league’s first hat-trick of the season.
 
It wasn’t quite as easy as their recent 3-0 win in San Francisco was, starting the weekend off Friday night with a 1-0 win on a Bryan Jordan goal, and their second meeting Sunday was a 1-1 draw until Gavin Wilkinson inserted Hague up top with 24 minutes remaining.
 
Hague, who’s one goal in his previous nine appearances was an 89th minute 1-0 winner at California, needed just two minutes to do damage, however, scoring the game-winner in the 68th minute when he cut back and found the back of the net from 10 yards. He latched onto a long ball from goalkeeper Josh Wicks in the 74th to make it 2-0 and completed the hat-trick with his third two minutes from time.
 
Fresh off their US Open Cup upset victory over the Los Angeles Galaxy of Major League Soccer earlier in the week, the defending champion Richmond Kickers avoided a letdown with a pair of dominating performances over second-place Charlotte Eagles in a home-and-home series.
 
Matt Watson, who came into the weekend with just two goals and an assist, burst onto the scene with three goals and two assists in the two victories.
 
Watson opened the scoring just three minutes into their home game Friday night and set up Ricky Schramm to make it 2-0 in the 40th. Charlotte answered back three minutes later only to see Watson set up Open Cup scorer David Bulow in the 45th to restore the two-goal margin. He then added another strike in the 83rd to put the match out of reach as they prepared to visit Charlotte.
 

Having such a spectacular outing the night before, Watson was rested on the bench before being inserted into the second game at halftime with a 1-1 scoreline. An own goal gave Richmond the lead, and Watson scored in the 83rd minute for the second straight night to clinch the victory.      

 



USL First Division Team of the Week
 
Pos
Name
Team
Highlights
 
G
Nic Platter
Minnesota
Nine saves in 3-0 win over Montreal
 
D
Sergio Van Kanten
Miami
Assist in 2-1 win at Vancouver
 
D
Danny Jackson
Seattle
Led team to 1-0 win over Vancouver
 
D
Marco Velez
Puerto Rico
Goal in 3-1 win over Charleston
 
D
Scot Thompson
Portland
Assist in 1-0 win over California
 
M
Lazo Alavanja
Charleston
Goal, two assists in pair of losses
 
M
Rodrigo Rios
Atlanta
Goal, assist in 4-1 win over Rochester
 
M
Antonio Ribeiro
Montreal
Goal in 1-0 win at Carolina
 
F
Taiwo Atieno
Puerto Rico
Two goals, assist in 4-3 win over Charleston
 
F
Aaron Paye
Minnesota
Goal, two assists in 3-0 win over Montreal
*
F
David Hague
Portland
Three goals in 4-1 win over California

 
USL Second Division Team of the Week
 
Pos
Name
Team
Highlights
 
G
Brian Rowland
CP Baltimore
Five saves in 0-0 draw at Harrisburg
 
D
Nate Baker
Harrisburg
Led team to 0-0 draw against CP Baltimore
 
D
Evan Harding
Richmond
Goal in 3-1 win over Charlotte
 
D
James Greenslit
New Hampshire
Led team to 1-1 draw against Cleveland
 
D
Frederico Molinari
Western Mass
Led team to 1-1 draw against Cleveland
 
M
Dana McGregor
Cleveland
Two goals in pair of 1-1 road draws
 
M
David Horne
Cincinnati
Goal in 3-2 loss to Bermuda
 
M
Jared Peniston
Bermuda
Goal, assist in 3-2 win at Cincinnati
 
F
David Bulow
Richmond
Goal in 4-1 win over Charlotte
 
F
Stephen Astwood
Bermuda
Two goals in 3-2 win at Cincinnati
*
F
Matt Watson
Richmond
Three goals, two assists in pair of wins