Hammerheads rookie midfielder earns USL weekly honor; Wilmington readies for home opener

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The United Soccer League (USL) released its Team of the Week following kickoff weekend to ring in the 2016 season.

Louisville City FC goalkeeper Scott Goodwin was voted USL Player of the Week as he recorded a shutout in City’s 1-0 road victory against Charlotte Independence. Goodwin’s shutout included an outstanding penalty kick save on Jorge Herrera to keep the game scoreless before his side grabbed a dramatic winner through Cameron Lancaster’s stoppage-time goal.

Logan Miller was named to the USL Team of the Week on Tuesday. Photo courtesy- United Soccer League (USL).
Logan Miller was named to the USL Team of the Week on Tuesday. Photo courtesy- United Soccer League (USL).

Goodwin received 53 percent of the poll conducted by a national panel of independent media representing every USL market.

Wilmington Hammerheads FC midfielder Logan Miller was one of four selectees at his respective position to receive Team of the Week honors. Miller notched a fine long-range goal that proved to be the game-winner as Wilmington defeated Orlando 2-1 on the road.

Miller was one of the first players to be signed to Wilmington’s 2016 roster. The young midfielder made the jump to the USL after playing one year in the USL PDL [Premier Development League] for the Kitsap Pumas. Last season, he helped lead the Pumas to an undefeated regular season, the PDL Northwest Division Championship as well as the 2015 Ruffneck Scarves Cup.

Hammerheads First-Year Coach Mark Briggs was impressed with Miller’s desire and determination during a player combine in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Wilmington was also listed at number 10 in the USL Top 10 power rankings after one match. Taking a victory in his first game as a head coach was a nice moment for Briggs, who was part of so many victories as a player for the Hammerheads. Wilmington returns home for a massive test as the Richmond Kickers come to Legion Stadium on Friday night.

Richmond took a 3-1 victory against Harrisburg City in the Kickers’ season opener. Richmond wanted to be more dynamic offensively this season and it looked as though they have the pieces to do just that.

Brian Ownby and Yudai Imura will take care of pulling the strings, while Jason Yeisley getting off the mark was a very good sign in a very positive result.

Kickoff for Wilmington Hammerheads FC home opener against Richmond is set for 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 1.