TAMPA, Fla. - USL League One announced on Monday the Team of the Week Presented by Cleer Audio for Week 21 of the 2021 regular season, with FC Tucson forward Shak Adams named Player of the Week after scoring twice in his side’s 2-1 win against Greenville Triumph SC at Kino North Stadium on Saturday night.
Adams opened the scoring just before halftime, beating Greenville’s offside trap before firing in a powerful strike. He doubled his tally in the 58th minute, applying the finishing touch to a wonderful Tucson team move to score what proved to be the match-winner.
Tucson’s win sees the side lead all clubs for the second consecutive week with three players represented in this week’s Team of the Week.
GK - Andreas Vaikla, Toronto FC II: Vaikla kept a four-save shutout, three of which were from shots inside the penalty area, to earn his second consecutive Team of the Week appearance.
D - Nelson Flores, North Carolina FC: Flores was crucial to NCFC’s pair of shutouts, a 1-0 home win against Madison last Wednesday and a 0-0 draw with Richmond on Saturday. He was particularly good against Madison, winning 9 of 13 duels and recording three successful tackles.
D - Noah Franke, FC Tucson: Franke registered an assist, won 7 of 10 duels and had two successful dribbles while completing a game-high 46 passes at a 90 percent success rate in his side’s victory against Greenville.
D - Jason Ramos, Chattanooga Red Wolves SC: A third consecutive Team of the Week appearance for Ramos comes after the center back put in an excellent display in Chattanooga’s gritty 0-0 away result against Toronto FC II. With a shorthanded squad, Ramos won 3 of 4 duels, made five clearances and created two chances.
M - George Acosta, Fort Lauderdale CF: Acosta scored a pair of goals eight minutes apart in the first half of Fort Lauderdale’s 4-2 away win over South Georgia Tormenta FC, and created two chances as FTLCF moved up to third in the League One standings.
M - Charlie Dennis, FC Tucson: Dennis followed up a strong performance last week with an assist and four chances created in Tucson’s victory against Greenville.
M - Nazmi Albadawi, North Carolina FC: Albadawi won seven duels, created four chances and completed two dribbles to help control the midfield in NCFC’s 0-0 draw with Richmond on Saturday.
M - Nicky Hernandez, North Texas SC: Hernandez won nine duels, completed five successful dribbles, and created a chance in North Texas’ 0-0 draw with Omaha.
F - Shak Adams, FC Tucson: In addition to his pair of goals, Adams won five duels, had two successful dribbles and made four recoveries to lead Tucson to its second consecutive win.
F - Mitchell Curry, Fort Lauderdale CF: Curry was a creative force for Fort Lauderdale, registering two assists as part of five total chances created against Tormenta.
F - Azaad Liadi, South Georgia Tormenta FC: Liadi scored a pair of late goals to make the final scoreline look a bit better for Tormenta against Fort Lauderdale, both clever finishes that came as a result of well-timed runs.