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Brett earns USL Championship Player of the Week honors

In light of his two goal, one assist performance on Friday, Riverhounds SC forward Neco Brett has been voted the USL Championship Player of the Week for Week 26 of the 2019 season.

Brett’s big performance came in the Hounds’ impressive 4-0 win against Ottawa Fury FC on Friday night to bolster its chances at a top-four finish in the Eastern Conference.

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Brett received 50 percent of the poll conducted by a national panel of independent media representing every USL Championship market. Phoenix Rising FC’s Adam Jahn finished second on 22 percent after scoring three goals in two games as Rising FC extended its winning streak to 17 games by defeating Tacoma Defiance and Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC.

In addition, Brett’s counterpart at the top of the Hounds attack, Steevan Dos Santos, also received recognition on the Team of the Week bench for delivering the game’s opening goal, from Brett’s assist, and contributed to both of Brett’s tallies with assists.

Brett now leads the Hounds in goals scored with 10. Dos Santos has eight. The Hounds now are fifth in USL Championship in goals scored (48), well ahead of its pace from a season ago.

Brett joins Dos Santos as the two Hounds players who’ve earned Player of The Week honors. Kenardo Forbes has been named to the Team of the Week three times this season.  This is the second time in his career Brett has earned Player of the Week honors. He won the selection in April 2018, after netting a hat trick vs Toronto FC II.


*Neco Brett: Week 26 – Sept. 3

Robbie Mertz: Week 23 – Aug. 13

Kenardo Forbes: Week 22 – Aug. 6

Kenardo Forbes: Week 18 – July 9

Robbie Mertz: Week 17 – July 2

Kenardo Forbes: Week 16 – June 25

*Steevan Dos Santos: Week 15 – June 18

Kenardo Forbes: Week 9 – May 7

Ryan James: Week 8 – April 30


*player of the week

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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