Indy Eleven midfielder Tyler Pasher has been voted to the USL Championship Team of the Week for Week 15 of the 2019 season. Pasher continued to produce in key moments for the Boys in Blue last Saturday night, when he secured Indy’s 2-1 win at Loudoun United FC with a goal in the 89th minute. In addition to recording his team-leading fifth goal on the season, the 25-year-old capped off his Week 15 play by completing seven dribbles and 23 of his 28 passes, including three key passes.
Pasher’s latest Team of the Week appearance marks the eighth time this season a member of Indiana’s Team has made the weekly cut, and the second nod for the dynamic left-sided winger to go with his Week 13 honor. Kenney Walker (Week 2), Ayoze Garcia (Week 4 & 11), Dane Kelly (Week 7 – Player of the Week), Evan Newton (Week 9 – Player of the Week) and Neveal Hackshaw (Week 12) have also earned spots in Team of the Week lineups so far this season. Pasher has also earned honorable mentions on the TotW “bench” for his performances in Weeks 7 and 11.
Pasher’s speed and accuracy have been flagship pieces of Eleven head coach Martin Rennie’s system in 2019, during which he has completed just over 81 percent of his 283 passes and played in the third most key passes (17) to teammates. The Canadian’s tenacity on the ball has allowed him to weave into scoring positions and finish with an unusual accuracy, as 11 of his 13 shots have been on target – and five of those 11 shots on goal ending up in the back of the net, placing him tied for 7th place on the Eastern Conference’s Golden Boot chart.
After wins on the road the last two weekends, Indy Eleven will look to continue its hot hand at home this Saturday, June 22, when it hosts Atlanta United FC 2 for the first of three games at Lucas Oil Stadium within a week’s time. Kickoff for Grateful Dead Night on Saturday is set for 7:00 p.m., and details on special Grateful Dead themed scarves, posters and shirts and ticket packages are available at indyeleven.com/tickets or by calling 317-685-1100. Tickets beginning at just $15 are also available for the rest of Indy Eleven’s weeklong homestand including games on Wednesday, June 26 (Pride Night versus Birmingham Legion FC) and Saturday, June 29 (versus Louisville City FC).
USL Championship Team of the Week – Week 15
GK – Evan Louro, New York Red Bulls II: Louro recorded a six-save shutout to help keep the Red Bulls II on level terms before they scored a late game-winner against Louisville City FC on Sunday afternoon.
D – Javan Torre, Las Vegas Lights FC: Torre opened the scoring for Lights FC against New Mexico with a spectacular strike and was solid on the back line throughout the night, winning 6 of 9 duels and making five recoveries.
D – Jarad van Schaik, Charleston Battery: The veteran helped the Battery contain the Rowdies’ attack with a team-high five interceptions and recorded five clearances while winning 4 of 6 duels and 2 of 3 aerials.
D – Aaron Maund, Charlotte Independence: Maund made 13 recoveries and won 11 of 16 duels and 6 of 10 aerials to lead the Independence’s back line in its victory against Birmingham Legion FC.
M – Sam Gleadle, Reno 1868 FC: Gleadle recorded a goal and assist and had three key passes overall to lead Reno to a 4-2 victory against the LA Galaxy II on Saturday night.
M – Jemal Johnson, Fresno FC: Johnson recorded assists on both the Foxes’ goals as part of three key passes overall and completed 31 of 37 passes as Fresno earned a 2-2 draw on the road against the Portland Timbers 2.
M – Zach Zandi, Bethlehem Steel FC: Zandi notched a pair of assists, including one after Bethlehem was reduced to 10 men, to help lead his side to a 3-1 victory against Saint Louis FC.
M – Tyler Pasher, Indy Eleven: Pasher recorded a late winner against Loudoun United FC that capped a performance in which he completed seven dribbles, recorded three key passes and completed 23 of 28 passes.
F – Omar Salgado, El Paso Locomotive FC: Salgado was dynamic for Locomotive FC as he completed 4 of 4 dribbles and recorded one assist while winning 9 of 13 duels and making four recoveries.
F – Carlos Small, Rio Grande Valley FC: Small scored a pair of goals to lead the Toros to victory against Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC which moved the side above the playoff line in the Western Conference.
F – Steevan Dos Santos, Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC: Dos Santos had a goal and assist in the opening 13 minutes to send the Hounds on the way to their biggest win of the season against ATL UTD 2.
Bench: Chris Hubbard (LOU), Solomon Asante (PHX), Junior Sandoval (LV), Kenardo Forbes (PIT), Dre Fortune (NC), Jack Barmby (SA), Cameron Lancaster (NSH)