TAMPA, Fla. – USL PRO announced its Team of the Week for the opening week of the 2012 season today, honoring Charleston Battery midfielder Jose Cuevas as Player of the Week after he scored a pair of goals to lead his side to a 2-1 victory against the Richmond Kickers on Saturday evening.

Cuevas, who was making his professional debut after spending 2011 with the PDL’s Fresno Fuego, opened the scoring in the 41st minute and added a second in the 67th, which proved to be the game-winner.

Cuevas was joined on the Team of the Week by teammate Colin Falvey, who played a solid game at the heart of the Battery’s defense. Orlando City goalkeeper Sean Kelley took the goalkeeping spot after recording four saves, including one on a penalty kick, to help the Lions take a 2-0 win in Charlotte.

Elsewhere, Antigua’s Stefan Smith was recognized for his two-goal performance in the Barracudas’ 3-1 victory on Sunday against Pittsburgh, while the Riverhounds’ Mike Seth was selected after scoring the opening goal of the USL PRO season in his side’s 1-0 win on Friday night in Antigua.
USL PRO Team of the Week

Player
Team
Highlights
GK
Sean Kelley
Orlando
Made four saves, including a penalty, to record a shutout
D
Nikola Katic
Pittsburgh
Played a pair of solid games, including key role in shutout Friday
D
Colin Falvey
Charleston
Kept Richmond’s strong attack in check for most of the game
D
Rob Valentino
Orlando
Continued to impress with strength in the air in shutout
M
Quinton Griffith
Antigua
Scored the opening goal in Barracuda FC’s Sunday victory
M
Joseph Kabwe
Charlotte
Had three shots on goal and played well in return to Eagles
M
Jose Cuevas
Charleston
Had pair of goals in his professional debut for the Battery
M
Stanley Nyazamba
Richmond
Scored the Kickers’ goal in their loss to Charleston
F
Dennis Chin
Orlando
Scored early to set the Lions on their way to an opening win
F
Stefan Smith
Antigua
Scored twice as the Barracudas took their first win of the season
F
Mike Seth
Pittsburgh
Had the game-winning goal in the Riverhounds’ win in Antigua

Honorable Mention – Antigua: Orlando Mitchum; Charleston: Sallieu Bundu, John Wilson; Charlotte: Jorge Herrera; Orlando: Kevin Molino; Pittsburgh: Hunter Gilstrap; Richmond: Matt Delicâte.

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