PITTSBURGH (May 17, 2022) — Goalkeeper Kevin Silva and forward Russell Cicerone both were selected to the USL Championship Team of the Week, the league announced this afternoon, giving the Riverhounds two of the league’s best 11 for Week 10 of the season.
Silva makes his first appearance in the league’s weekly awards after recording his third shutout of the season in the Hounds’ 1-0 win Saturday over visiting El Paso Locomotive FC. The goalkeeper made a season-high five saves to keep his clean sheet, none bigger than his 90th-minute penalty stop on Luis Solignac to keep the Hounds perfect at home this season.
It is the first time in 2022 a Hounds goalkeeper was named a starter on the Team of the Week; rookie Chase Vosvick earned a bench spot in the opening week of the season.
Cicerone makes his first Team of the Week appearance this year after earning the honor twice in 2021, his first season with the club. The forward scored the game’s only goal just 32 seconds into the second half against El Paso, controlling an Alex Dixon cross before composing himself and firing a shot under the bar for his third goal of the season. He also took a team-high four shots, was credited with three chances created and won 6 of 10 duels.
The Hounds now have had multiple players among the Team of the Week honorees (starter or bench) in three of the past four weeks. The full Team of the Week can be found at uslchampionship.com.
The Hounds go back on the road this Saturday when they face the Tampa Bay Rowdies at 7:30 p.m. at Al Lang Stadium in St. Petersburg, Fla. The match will be televised on 22 The Point and streamed via ESPN+.