Two MLS players highlighted the USL Championship Team of the Week for Week 5. One of those two players, Atlanta United II’s Aiden McFadden, was also named the league’s player of the week.
McFadden got the accolade following a sensational two outings last week, scoring four goals as Atlanta United II took a win and a draw from those matches. Capable of playing either on the wing or as an outside back, McFadden was selected No. 59 overall in the 2021 MLS SuperDraft by Atlanta United and was signed to the USL club. He has made five appearances so far this season for Atlanta United II.
Also making the weekly honor from the USL is Roald Mitchell of the New York Red Bulls II. All Mitchell did in the match was score a goal, draw a penalty kick and bring a tremendous defensive work rate in a 2-2 result at the Charleston Battery.
Oh, and it was the 18-year old midfielder’s first professional match. Not too shabby.
In addition, Atlanta United II forward Conor Stanley, on loan from Manchester United, made the bench for the weekly kudos from the league.
Here is the full team of the week per the USL:
GK – Brandon Miller, Charlotte Independence
D – Ryan Flood, Phoenix Rising FC
D – Sam Hamilton, New Mexico United
D – Mathieu Deplagne, San Antonio FC
M – Aiden McFadden, Atlanta United 2
M – Roald Mitchell, New York Red Bulls II
M – Kadeem Dacres, Memphis 901 FC
M – Chris Wehan, Orange County SC
F – Rufat Dadashov, Phoenix Rising FC
F – Gordon Wild, Indy Eleven
F – Solomon Asante, Phoenix Rising FC
Bench: Alex Tambakis (NM), Pat McMahon (LOU), Connor Stanley (ATL), Danny Flores (OAK), Brandt Bronico (CLT), Cal Jennings (LV), Luis Solignac (ELP)
In terms of the hierarchy of professional soccer, the USL Championship is considered the second division and directly below MLS. A number of MLS teams, such as the aforementioned Atlanta United and New York Red Bulls, have reserve teams in the league.
The ‘MLS Multiplex’ player of the week for MLS is Lucas Zelarayán. Read about his performance here.