Indy Eleven defender Ayoze Garcia has been voted to the USL Championship Team of the Week for Week 28 of the 2019 season. The Spaniard earned the TOTW nod after notching a pair of goals in Indy’s 2-0 win over Ottawa Fury FC last Wednesday, September 11, extending the club’s home undefeated run to a record-breaking 22 matches. In addition to notching his second and third goals of the year, Ayoze created 12 chances and completed nearly 88% of his passes over the course of Indy’s two-win week.
Ayoze’s TOTW appearance is his third of the season and the 11th time this season a member of Indiana’s Team has made the league’s weekly honor roll. Kenney Walker (Week 2), Dane Kelly (Week 7; Player of the Week), Evan Newton (Week 9; Player of the Week), Neveal Hackshaw (Week 12), Drew Conner (Week 25) and Tyler Pasher (Week 13, 15, 17) have all earned spots in Team of the Week lineups so far this season.
Prior to joining Indiana’s Team in 2018, Ayoze spent five seasons with New York Cosmos during the club’s NASL era, winning three Soccer Bowl championship in that time (2013, 2015 & 2016). The 33-year-old spent most of his career playing professionally in Spain, including a seven-year stint with Segunda Division side CD Tenerife.
Ayoze and the rest of Indiana’s Team will hit the road to Alabama to take on Birmingham Legion FC this Friday, September 20. The first match in a three-game, nine-day road trip kicks off at BBVA Field at 8:00 p.m. Indy Eleven returns to Lucas Oil Stadium to take on Memphis 901 FC on Saturday, October 5 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets to the match are available for as low as $15 at IndyEleven.com/Tickets or by calling 317-685-1100.
USL Championship Team of the Week
GK – Chris Hubbard, Louisville City FC: Hubbard recorded a four-save shutout in a performance that also saw him claim three catches and make 12 recoveries in LouCity’s shutout victory on the road in Hartford.
D – Brent Richards, Reno 1868 FC: Richards recorded three assists in Reno’s victory against Tacoma, and across two 1868 FC victories had five chances created, six interceptions, seven clearances and nine recoveries.
D – Austin Ledbetter, Phoenix Rising FC: Ledbetter completed 48 of 53 passes, had two key passes and won 6 of 8 duels in Phoenix’s road victory against Las Vegas Lights FC on Wednesday night.
D – Jaylin Lindsey, Swope Park Rangers: Lindsey contributed to a pair of shutouts for the Rangers, recording the assist on the side’s game-winning goal against North Carolina FC while completing 72 of 85 passes across the week.
M – Ayoze, Indy Eleven: Ayoze scored a pair of goals in the Eleven’s victory against Ottawa Fury FC on Wednesday night and had 12 chances created overall in a two-win week for the side.
M – Jared Stroud, New York Red Bulls II: Stroud recorded a goal and assist – becoming the first player in Red Bulls II history to reach 20 goals and 20 assists for the club – as New York clinched its place in the playoffs with a 2-0 win against the Charlotte Independence.
M – Kenardo Forbes, Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC: Forbes provided the assist on the Hounds’ game-winning goal against Charleston, had five chances created overall, completed 71 of 84 passes and won 7 of 9 duels.
M – Cristian Parano, San Antonio FC: Parano had two assists and seven chances created while completing 41 of 47 passes overall as San Antonio took a 3-1 victory against OKC Energy FC.
F – Daniel Musovski, Reno 1868 FC: Musovski scored five goals – including a four-goal haul against Tacoma Defiance on Tuesday night – and added one assist as Reno took a pair of victories over the week.
F – Douglas Martinez, Real Monarchs SLC: Martinez notched a four-goal outing and completed 14 of 17 passes as the Monarchs swept to victory against the Portland Timbers 2 on Saturday afternoon.
F – Devon Sandoval, New Mexico United: Sandoval scored his first professional hat trick to lead New Mexico to victory against Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC on Saturday night.
Bench: Eric Dick (SPR), Manny Padilla (NM), Aodhan Quinn (OC), Preston Tabor Etaka (LV), Darek Formella (SAC), Junior Flemmings (PHX), Tyler Blackwood (STL)