Austin, TX (September 3, 2019) Austin Bold FC defender Edson Braafheid was recognized for his performance on Sunday night against Rio Grande Valley FC by being named to the USL Championship Team of the Week. Braafheid completed 52 of 57 passes, went 3 of 3 in duels and made six recoveries as Bold FC claimed the Copa Tejas with a 3-0 victory.
Head Coach Marcelo Serrano has made Braafheid a permanent fixture to The Bold backline since becoming eligible to play in June. The former Dutch international has started all seven of the games he appeared in and registered an 85.7% successful tackle rate. In the opposition’s half Braafheid has been dangerous delivering the team’s corner kicks and adding to the attack with 11 key passes.
The full Team of the Week below:
GK – Frederick Due, Orange County SC: Due marked his debut for OCSC with a seven-save shutout that proved key in the side’s 2-0 victory over New Mexico United at Isotopes Park.
D – Bradley Bourgeois, Nashville SC: Bourgeois recorded the assist on NSC’s game-winning goal in a performance that saw him complete 30 of 33 passes and win 5 of 7 duels in Nashville’s victory against Tampa Bay.
D – Omar Ontiveros, LA Galaxy II: Ontiveros recorded 10 clearances, made four interceptions and won all three of his duels as Los Dos earned a shutout victory against Sacramento Republic FC.
M – Carlos Anguiano, Portland Timbers 2: Anguiano had one goal, one assist, recorded four chances created and completed 21 of 24 passes overall as T2 took their first win in club history against Reno 1868 FC.
M – Marlon, Tulsa Roughnecks FC: The Brazilian broke out in his second game for the Roughnecks, recording one goal and one assist while winning 14 of 21 duels and completing 5 of 5 dribbles.
M – Antonio Bustamante, Loudoun United FC: Bustamante scored a highlight reel goal to cap an outing in which he completed 40 of 44 passes, won 4 of 5 duels and made six recoveries in United’s 4-0 win against North Carolina FC.
M – Adam Najem, Memphis 901 FC: Najem struck twice late on after recording three key passes earlier in the contest to rally 901 FC to a 2-1 victory against ATL UTD 2 last Wednesday night.
F – Adam Jahn, Phoenix Rising FC: Jahn scored three goals across two games as Rising FC ran its winning streak to 17 games by defeating Tacoma Defiance and Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC on the road.
F – Neco Brett, Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC: Brett scored two goals and added an assist as the Hounds recorded an impressive road victory against fellow playoff contender Ottawa Fury FC on Friday night.
F – Justin Dhillon, Tacoma Defiance: Dhillon notched two goals and one assist across a pair of contests during the week, including the Defiance’s 5-1 drubbing of San Antonio FC on Friday night.
Bench: Todd Morton (BST), Andre Lima (AUS), Solomon Asante (PHX), Tyler Pasher (IND), Kyle Greig (STL), Shandon Hopeau (TAC), Steevan Dos Santos (PIT)