Five Stars of the Week*
1 – Kristian Nicht– G – Rochester Rhinos: Two shutouts on the road in 1-0 wins at both Charlotte and Charleston, posting 10 saves in the victory against the Battery.
2 – Pablo Campos – F – San Antonio Scorpions: The striker scored twice on the road for a 2-1 victory against the Tampa Bay Rowdies.
3 – Ilja vanLeerdam – M – FC Edmonton: A goal and assist for a 2-0 win in Atlanta gave the Canadians their second victory, the first on the road.
4 – Bright Dike – F – LA Blues: On loan from the MLS Portland Timbers, the striker was dangerous in his debut Friday, a 1-0 win in Dayton, and then tallied a goal and an assist in a 3-0 win at Pittsburgh.
5 – Jack Traynor – D – Rochester Rhinos: After helping record the shutout Friday in Charlotte, he tallied the assist on the game-winner against the Battery as well as providing a goal-line clearance in the 1-0 victory in Charleston.
*For the week concluding Sunday, May 13
Five Stars for the Season
1 – Kristian Nicht – G – Rochester Rhinos: This week’s performance gives him six clean sheets to start the season. At this point, it would take a run of bad form or a striker with a series of multi-goal games to take the top spot away from him. Previous: 2
2 – Walter Restrepo – M – Fort Lauderdale Strikers: He was kept off the board after tallying two goals and four assists in the previous four games for the team. Previous: 1
3 – JC Banks – M – Rochester Rhinos: Normally I would not push someone right up this high, but the scorers on the list were relatively quiet and Banks has proven to be a consistent contributor for the Rhinos, setting up the winner Friday. He’s had a hand in four of the team’s seven goals in six games. Previous: NR
4 – Richard Martin – G – Puerto Rico Islanders: After giving up an off three-goal tally in the last outing, the keeper posted his fourth shutout of the season for the league leaders. Previous: 8
5 – Nicki Patterson – M – Charleston Battery: Patterson was shut out this week, but with others on a longer drought dropping further down the list, his two goals and two assists in the previous two games allows him to be the beneficiary. Previous: 6
The Next Five: 6 Darryl Sattler (G, San Antonio Scorpions) 7 David Foley (M, Puerto Rico Islanders), 8 Amani Walker (F, Minnesota Stars), 9 Reinaldo Navia (F, Atlanta Silverbacks), 10 Shaun Saiko (F, FC Edmonton)
About Five Stars:
WEEK: The top five professional lower division performers in the North American Soccer League and USL Pro.
SEASON: The top five professional lower division performers cumulatively for the year in the NASL and USL Pro. The list is updated weekly.
BONUS: Five Stars of the US Open Cup
1 - Danny Barrera - Cal FC (USASA) - He scored two goals on the road in a 3-1 win against the defending PDL champion Kitsap Pumas.
2 - Lebogang Moloto - Des Moines Menace (PDL) - In a game that would not end he scored twice, including the game-winner in a 3-1 overtime contest on the road against Milwaukee Bavarians.
3 - Davis Paul - PSA Elite (USASA) - He scored two goals in a 3-1 road win against the Portland Timbers U23s.
4 - Ryan Finley - Reading United AC (PDL) - Tallied an assist and the game-winning goal in a 2-1 win against NY Greek American Atlas.
5 - Jordan Godsey - Chicago Fire (PDL) - He made seven saves in a 1-0 decision against the Croatian Eagles, including six in the second half.