Indy Eleven forward Tyler Pasher has been voted to the USL Championship Team of the Week, coming off a stellar performance in the team’s season opener at Memphis 901 FC. The TOTW nod comes after the Canadian notched a pair of goals and an assist, helping spur the team to a 4-2 comeback victory against the second-year Tennessean team. In addition to converting half of his chances, Pasher created two more chances in the team’s first win of the year.
The TOTW Week 1 appearance sees the 25-year-old pick up where he left off in 2019, tying with defender Ayoze for most appearances (3) in the weekly best XI.
Following an injury that cut his first season with the club short, Tyler Pasher’s second season gave Indy Eleven fans something to really look forward to for 2020. Pasher finished the breakout season with a team-high 13 goals in 35 appearances and was also great at distributing the ball, completing almost 80 percent of his passes to go along with four assists.
Pasher and the rest of Indiana’s Team will hit the road to take on Sporting Kansas City II this Saturday, March 14. The second match in a four-game away stint to start the season kicks off at Children’s Mercy Park at 5:00 p.m. ET. Indy Eleven returns to Lucas Oil Stadium for its 2020 USL Championship home opener to take on I-65 rivals Louisville City FC on Saturday, April 4 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 – Week 1
GK – Brandon Miller, Charlotte Independence: Miller recorded a career-high 10 saves – surpassing 300 regular-season saves for his career – to keep the Independence in the game in a 2-1 victory against Sporting Kansas City II.
D – Mauricio Cuevas, LA Galaxy II: The 17-year-old U.S. youth international had a stellar outing with one goal and one assist and three key passes in Los Dos’ 5-1 victory against Rio Grande Valley FC.
D – Kyle Nelson, Charleston Battery: Nelson won 12 of 19 duels, 5 of 6 tackles and made four interceptions while also recording two key passes in the Battery’s 1-0 road win against Atlanta United 2.
D – Callum Montgomery, San Antonio FC: Montgomery scored the game-winning goal, won 7 of 8 duels and 5 of 6 aerials and completed 45 of 60 passes in SAFC’s 1-0 win against Real Monarchs SLC.
M – Todd Wharton, Saint Louis FC: Wharton had an excellent debut for STLFC, recording two assists and creating four chances and completing 25 of 27 passes overall in his side’s 4-1 win against The Miami FC.
M – Cameron Dunbar, LA Galaxy II: The 17-year-old sparkled in his professional debut, scoring an outstanding individual finish before setting up another goal on one of two chances created against Rio Grande Valley FC.
M – Christiano Francois, Reno 1868 FC: Francois led Reno’s comeback victory against Tacoma Defiance, scoring what proved to be the game-winning goal and then assisting on Gilbert Fuentes’ insurance tally in a 3-1 win.
M – Russell Cicerone, Saint Louis FC: Cicerone got his season off to a flying start with two goals and two key passes, while also putting six of his nine total shots on target in a 4-1 win against The Miami FC.
F – Tyler Pasher, Indy Eleven: Pasher picked up where he left off in 2019, leading Indy’s comeback against Memphis 901 FC with two goals – one of which was a superb solo effort – and one assist in the Eleven’s 4-2 win.
F – Rufat Dadashov, Phoenix Rising FC: The Azerbaijani international became the second Rising FC player in the last three seasons to record a hat trick in the club’s home opener and showed tremendous instinct around the area.
F – Solomon Asante, Phoenix Rising FC: Asante opened the new season in outstanding form, recording two excellent assists for Dadashov before topping Rising FC’s performance off with a fine finish of his own.
Bench: Logan Ketterer (ELP), Carl Haworth (IND), Jermaine Taylor (ATX), Juan Barahona (SAC), Leo Fernandes (TBR), Junior Burgos (LV), Cameron Lancaster (LOU)