Indy Eleven defender Reiner Ferreira has been named to the USL Team of the Week for Week 23. Ferreira recorded 17 clearances and four interceptions, won over 60 percent of his duels and five of six tackles in dual Week 23 performances against North Carolina FC and Ottawa Fury FC.
In 2018, Ferreira has accumulated 455 minutes over the span of six games, tallying 28 clearances, 10 interceptions and two blocks. Ferreira recently returned from a long injury spell after picking up a knock during Week 3 play.
In 2017, Ferreira led former NASL San Francisco Deltas back line all year long, starting in 31 games and finishing as the league leader in interceptions with 86. Ferreira’s defensive dominance was a key component in securing Deltas’ championship in 2017.
The “Boys in Blue” are kicking off on home turf against Toronto FC II tomorrow night at 7:00 p.m. Three days later, “Indiana’s Team” hits the road once more to face Atlanta United FC 2 on Saturday, August 25 at 7:00 p.m. Fans can reserve tickets for as low as $15 at www.IndyElevenTickets.com or by calling (317)685-1100.
USL Team of the Week
GK – Matt Pickens, Nashville SC: Pickens recorded a five-save shutout on the road, as Nashville earned a 0-0 draw against Louisville City FC on Saturday night at Slugger Field.
D – Sam Fink, Saint Louis FC: Fink won 13 of 19 duels, recorded 11 clearances and three interceptions and won all three tackles he attempted, as STLFC split a pair of results against Sacramento Republic FC and Fresno FC.
D – Onua Obasi, Ottawa Fury FC: Obasi recorded three interceptions, won five of seven tackles and 16 of 27 duels, as Fury FC allowed only three shots on goal in back-to-back shutouts that garnered the club a win and a draw.
D – Zach Ellis-Hayden, Fresno FC: Ellis-Hayden scored his first goal of the season and also won five of eight duels and recorded three interceptions and two clearances in the Foxes’ 1-0 win against Saint Louis FC.
D – Reiner Ferreira, Indy Eleven: Ferreira recorded 17 clearances and four interceptions, won 10 of 16 duels and five of six tackles to help Indy to a win against North Carolina FC and a draw against Ottawa Fury FC.
M – Renzo Zambrano, Portland Timbers 2: Zambrano scored a pair of goals, won six of eight tackles and 17 of 27 duels to help lead T2 to victories against San Antonio FC and Seattle Sounders FC 2.
M – Alex Dixon, OKC Energy FC: Dixon recorded a goal and an assist to help Energy FC claim its third consecutive victory in a 4-2 win against Rio Grande Valley FC, only the Toros’ second home loss of the season.
M – Miguel Aguilar, LA Galaxy II: Aguilar scored the opening goal and set the tone for the Galaxy II’s 4-1 victory against Sacramento Republic FC, its first win against its Californian rival since the 2015 USL Cup Playoffs.
F – Foster Langsdorf, Portland Timbers 2: Langsdorf scored three goals over two games, as T2 earned victories against San Antonio FC and Seattle Sounders FC 2, giving the first-year pro 13 goals this season.
F – Tyler Blackwood, Swope Park Rangers: Blackwood had two goals and one assist, as the Rangers played to a dramatic 3-3 draw with Reno 1868 FC, with Blackwood providing the assist on Hadji Barry’s stoppage-time equalizer.
F – Michael Seaton, Orange County SC: Seaton continued his recent hot streak with two goals and one assist, as Orange County defeated Las Vegas Lights FC 3-1 last Wednesday night to move second in the West.
Bench: Maxime Crepeau (OTT), Forrest Lasso (CIN), Brian Brown (RNO), Chandler Hoffman (SLC), Christian Volesky (OKC), Thomas Enevoldsen (OC), Brian Shriver (RIC)