INDIANAPOLIS – For the third time this year, an Indy Eleven player has found a place in the USL Championship Team of the Week presented by Cleer Audio, with defender Neveal Hackshaw earning the recognition for his Week 10 performance at Louisville City FC last Saturday.
The Trinidad and Tobago international finds himself in the TOTW after an impressive offensive display in Indy Eleven’s riveting 3-3 draw at Lynn Family Stadium. Hackshaw collected his first assist of 2021 in the early going, swinging in a mouthwatering cross that connected with midfielder Cammy Smith’s head in the 9th minute to level the game at 1-1. Just 11 minutes later Hackshaw found his way into the box and onto the end of an aerial ball from midfield hit with precision by Nick Moon. Hackshaw sliced the ball home off a jaw dropping, first-time finish, his first goal of the campaign leveling the back-and-forth affair once again at 2-2 in the 20th minute. Not only did Hackshaw contribute big offensively, but he held down the left flank defensively as well, intercepting the ball four times and notching six clearances along the way to ensure Indy was able to claim a point on the road.
The 25-year-old recently returned from a pair of World Cup Qualifying round matches with the Trinidad and Tobago National Team. The La Horquetta, Trinidad, native earned his 16th and 17th full international “caps” in a scoreless draw against Bahamas on June 5, and a 2-0 win against Saint Kitts and Nevis three days later on June 8, playing the full 90 minutes in both contests. Since returning to USL Championship play, Hackshaw has won 13 duels, and tallied 13 clearances and nine interceptions in his last three appearances.
Hackshaw is the first member of the Boys in Blue to be selected to the league’s Best XI since Week 6, when forward Jordan Hamilton earned his first nod for a two-goal effort in Indy’s first trip to Louisville. Forward Gordon Wild was the first member of Indiana’s Team to make a TOTW appearance this season in Week 5, with goalkeeper Bobby Edwards and defender A.J. Cochran both earning “honorable mentions” in Week 9 and Week 2, respectively. The Championship’s Player of the Week is selected by the USL National Media Panel, which is made up of representatives from each media market in the Championship.
Indiana’s Team will return home this Saturday, July 3, to take on Birmingham Legion FC on “Indy-Pendence Night” presented by IBEW Local 481, featuring $3 concessions all evening at Carroll Stadium. Tickets for the 7:00 p.m. ET kickoff are limited but still available and can be secured by visiting indyeleven.com/tickets or by calling 317-685-1100 during regular business hours. Fans who can’t make it to “The Mike” can follow the action on WISH-TV 8, ESPN+, Exitos Radio 94.3 FM/exitos943.com, and the @IndyElevenLive Twitter feed, presented by Central Indiana Honda Dealers.
GK – Zeus De La Paz, Oakland Roots SC: The Curacao international recorded a six-save shutout on Saturday night to earn his side a point in a scoreless draw against Austin Bold FC.
D – Sebastian Anderson, Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC: The U.S. youth international had an impressive pair of performances for the Switchbacks, recording one assist and winning 8 of 10 tackles to help the side claim a pair of victories.
D – Neveal Hackshaw, Indy Eleven: Neveal Hackshaw recorded a goal and assist in Indy’s 3-3 draw with Louisville City FC on Saturday night at Lynn Family Stadium while also recording four interceptions and six clearances defensively.
D – Robert Coronado, OKC Energy FC: Robert Coronado recorded one assist and two key passes while completing 28 of 33 passes overall and winning 6 of 8 duels in Energy FC’s 2-1 comeback victory against Atlanta United 2 on Sunday night.
M – Ray Serrano, Tacoma Defiance: Ray Serrano scored both goals to lead Tacoma to victory against the LA Galaxy II on Sunday afternoon and completed 22 of 29 passes, three dribbles while also winning 9 of 14 duels.
M – Brian Ownby, Louisville City FC: Brian Ownby was phenomenal on the right flank for Louisville in its 3-3 draw with Indy Eleven, recording a pair of assists and eight key passes in the contest while completing 24 of 31 passes.
M – Kenardo Forbes, Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC: Kenardo Forbes tied Pittsburgh’s record for most assists at the club with his 27th helper in its colors while also recording three key passes and completing 43 of 58 passes overall in the Hounds’ 2-1 win against the New York Red Bulls II.
M – Eric Bird, FC Tulsa: Eric Bird won 5 of 5 tackles and 9 of 14 duels while also making 11 recoveries and six interceptions in a stellar display in the center of midfield to help Tulsa claim a 2-1 road victory against Rio Grande Valley FC on Friday night.
F – Hadji Barry, Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC: Hadji Barry recorded four goals across two victories for the Switchbacks against Austin Bold FC and New Mexico United, sending the Guinean forward to 10 goals this season.
F – Rodrigo Da Costa, FC Tulsa: Rodrigo da Costa scored both goals as Tulsa claimed a 2-1 victory on the road against Mountain Division leader Rio Grande Valley FC, and also won 3 of 3 tackles and won 7 of 13 duels defensively.
F – Nicque Daley, Charleston Battery: Nicque Daley scored a pair of goals in the Battery’s 3-0 win against Loudoun United FC and completed 4 of 5 dribbles while finishing with four shots overall for the contest.
Bench: Evan Louro (TBR), Conor Donovan (OKC), Danny Barbir (SKC), Michee Ngalina (COS), Logan Gdula (CHS), Dane Kelly (CLT), Solomon Asante (PHX)