Ottawa Fury FC forward Christiano François had himself a weekend. After learning he made the provisional 40-man list for Haiti ahead of this summer’s Concacaf Gold Cup, François earned a spot on the USL Championship Team of the Week for week 11, the league announced Tuesday. Francois recorded a goal and two assists as Fury FC swept to an emphatic 3-0 victory on the road against Bethlehem Steel FC on Sunday evening.
The first new signing for Fury FC ahead of the 2019 campaign, Christiano François was also one of the touted exciting new additions for this season. His pace and ability to take players on, one of the best in the USL Championship, has been in full display in Ottawa’s first nine matches and have seen the speedy Haitian’s lead to many of Fury FC’s scoring opportunities. He now has two goals and two assists on the year.
Now sitting in the sixth position in the Eastern Conference and continuing its undefeated streak, Fury FC will travel to Hartford to face the Athletic on Saturday (7:00 p.m., OttawaFuryFC.com) before returning home to TD Place on June 2 to host the Charlotte Independence (2:00 p.m.).
USL Championship Team of the Week
GK – Mason Stajduhar, Tulsa Roughnecks FC: Stajduhar recorded seven saves to earn the Roughnecks a 1-1 draw on the road against San Antonio FC.
D – Matt Bahner, Saint Louis FC: Bahner made a crucial goal-line clearance to preserve a scoreless draw on the road in Louisville and recorded four recoveries and four clearances defensively.
D – Ayoze, Indy Eleven: Ayoze provided the assist on Indy’s game-winning goal to cap a stellar all-around display that saw him complete 57 of 69 passes and win 10 of 14 duels defensively.
D – Amobi Okugo, Austin Bold FC: Okugo won all 10 of his duels, recorded 11 recoveries and seven clearances and completed 28 of 35 passes in Austin’s road draw against Orange County.
M – Andrew Tinari, Tampa Bay Rowdies: Tinari recorded one assist and had a team-high five key passes as the Rowdies defeated the Red Bulls II 2-0 at Al Lang Stadium.
M – Seth Casiple, Reno 1868 FC: Casiple provided the assist on Reno’s late equalizer in Tacoma and recorded eight key passes and eight recoveries over the contest while completing 58 of 72 passes.
M – Christiano Francois, Ottawa Fury FC: Francois recorded a goal and two assists as Fury FC swept to an emphatic 3-0 victory on the road against Bethlehem Steel FC.
M – Solomon Asante, Phoenix Rising FC: Asante had a goal and assist in his return to the starting lineup as Rising FC cruised to a 4-0 win against Las Vegas Lights FC.
F – Jerome Kiesewetter, El Paso Locomotive FC: Kiesewetter scored twice to lead El Paso to a 3-1 victory against Sacramento Republic FC, which moved the expansion side into the playoff positions.
F – Kevaughn Frater, New Mexico United: Frater scored his second hat trick of the regular season to lead New Mexico to a 3-1 victory on the road against Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC.
F – Jose Angulo, Hartford Athletic: Angulo scored a pair of goals to lead the Athletic to their first victory in the league, and individually reached 50 regular-season tallies in his Championship career.
Bench: Trey Muse (TAC), Jerry van Ewijk (OC), Tyler Pasher (IND), Maalique Foster (RGV), Kevon Lambert (PHX), Laurence Wyke (ATL), Juan Tejada (TBR)