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Riverhounds SC’s Dos Santos earns USL Championship Player of the Week honors

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After scoring a goal, and adding an assist in the Riverhounds SC’s 5-0 win vs Atlanta United 2 on Saturday, forward Steevan Dos Santos was recognized as USL Championship’s Player of the Week.

In the game’s first 13 minutes, the striker posted three points. Occurring in the 7th minute, his goal came in close after fellow forward Neco Brett sent a ball toward the goalmouth. Just six minutes later, Dos Santos assisted Brett. The Cape Verde native made an excellent hustle play to knock a ball loose from an Atlanta defender over to Brett, who potted home a tally.

This season, Dos Santos has five points (two goals and one assist) for the Black and Gold. He also leads the team with 22 shots.

Also of mention, midfielder Kenardo Forbes was named to the USL Championship Team of the Week bench after recording a game-high seven key passes against Atlanta.

Analysis & Player Grades: Hounds earn much-needed complete victory

Dos Santos is the first Hounds player to earn Player of the Week honors this season.


*Steevan Dos Santos: Week 15 – June 18
Kenardo Forbes: Week 9 – May 7
Ryan James: Week 8 – April 30
Kevin Kerr: Week 6 – April 16

USL Championship Team of the Week

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)

John Krysinsky has covered soccer and other sports for many years for various publications and media outlets. He is also author of 'Miracle on the Mon' -- a book about the Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC, which chronicles the club, particularly the early years of Highmark Stadium with the narrative leading up to and centered around a remarkable match that helped provide a spark for the franchise. John has covered sports for Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, DK Pittsburgh Sports, Pittsburgh Sports Report, has served as color commentator on Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC broadcasts, and worked with OPTA Stats and broadcast teams for US Open Cup and International Champions Cup matches held in the US. Krysinsky also served as the Head Men’s Soccer Coach at his alma mater, Point Park University, where he led the Pioneers to the first-ever winning seasons and playoff berths (1996-98); head coach of North Catholic boys (2007-08), associate head coach of Shady Side Academy boys (2009-2014).

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