REAL MONARCHS SLC FORWARD DOUGLAS MARTINEZ VOTED USL CHAMPIONSHIP PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Martinez Earns Player of the Week Nod After Scoring Club’s First-Ever Hattrick
HERRIMAN, Utah – (Tuesday, July 16,2019) – Real Monarchs SLC striker Douglas Martinez has been voted the USL Championship Player of the Week for Week 19 of the season. The honor is recognized as the first for Real Monarchs SLC for the 2019 season. Additionally, midfielder Maikel Chang earned a spot among the 18 on Week 19’s Team of the Week.
Martinez scored a hat trick against Tacoma Defiance, the first in the Monarchs’ history, on Friday night at Zions Bank Stadium to lead his side to their fifth consecutive victory in the Championship. Martinez has now scored nine total goals in his first season with the Monarchs.
Martinez received 31 percent of the poll conducted by a national panel of independent media representing every USL Championship market. The New York Red Bulls II’s Jared Stroud and Chris Lema finished tied for second on 25 percent after each recording four goals over the club’s two victories for the week, with Lema notching the first four-goal game of the season against ATL UTD 2 on Saturday evening.
The full Week 19 Team of the Week is as follows:
USL Championship Team of the Week
GK – CJ Cochran, Fresno FC: Cochran recorded seven saves as the Foxes earned their fourth consecutive victory with a 2-1 win against New Mexico United at Chukchansi Park.
D – Jordan Burt, Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC: Burt won 7 of 8 duels, made six recoveries, won two tackles and completed 35 of 47 passes to help the Switchbacks earn a shutout victory against Tulsa Roughnecks FC.
D – Juan Barahona, Sacramento Republic FC: Barahona completed 21 of 28 passes, had three chances created and recorded the assist on Republic FC’s game-winning goal against the Portland Timbers 2.
D – Sean McFarlane, Austin Bold FC: McFarlane had one goal, two key passes and completed 4 of 6 dribbles and 27 of 34 passes while winning 6 of 9 duels in Austin’s win against Orange County SC.
M – Jared Stroud, New York Red Bulls II: Stroud recorded four goals, one assist and six key passes over two games as the Red Bulls II recorded victories against Bethlehem Steel FC and ATL UTD 2.
M – Danny Barrera, Hartford Athletic: Barrera recorded both assists and finished with seven key passes to help Hartford Athletic to a 2-1 victory against Indy Eleven in the club’s first contest at Dillon Stadium.
M – Chris Lema, New York Red Bulls II: Lema recorded the first four-goal game of the season while also winning 4 of 5 tackles and recording eight recoveries in an 8-1 win against ATL UTD 2.
M – Enzo Martinez, Charlotte Independence: Martinez scored what proved to be the game-winner against Saint Louis FC while recording four shots, completing 27 of 37 passes and winning 10 of 15 duels.
F – Adam Jahn, Phoenix Rising FC: Jahn scored his 10th goal of the season and completed 15 of 21 passes to lead Rising FC past Rio Grande Valley FC in its ninth consecutive victory.
F – Douglas Martinez, Real Monarchs SLC: Martinez recorded the first hat trick in the Monarchs’ history to lead the club to its fifth consecutive victory in a 5-0 win against Tacoma Defiance.
F – Brian Wright, Birmingham Legion FC: Wright scored the late game-winner after coming on as a first-half substitute in addition to winning 4 of 6 duels and recording three shots on goal and one key pass.
Bench: Chris Hubbard (LOU), Marcus Epps (NY), Issa Rayyan (BST), Wal Fall (OTT), Tom Barlow (NY), Jose Angulo (HFD), Maikel Chang (SLC).
Real Monarchs SLC returns to action on Saturday, July 20 when it visits 2019 expansion side El Paso Locomotive FC at 7:30p MT. The match can be viewed live on ESPN+.