Frater shines as Player of Week
NEW YORK (CMC):
Jamaican forward Kevaughn Frater has been voted the United Soccer League's Player of the Week after his brace lifted Colorado Springs Switchbacks to a sensational win over LA Galaxy II last weekend.
The 22-year-old, who opened the scoring in the 65th minute and following Justin Dhillon's 80th minute equaliser, netted again at the death to hand the Switchbacks their second win on the trot.
They lie third in the Western Conference standings on 20 points, well off the pace set by leaders Real Monarch SLC with San Antonio FC two back in second on 31 points.
Playing at the Stubhub Centre in Carson, California, neither team could find a way past each other and reached the break scoreless.
However, it was the visitors who led after the resumption thanks to Frater. A corner kick into the box was cleared but Mastanabal Kacher whipped a looping ball back into the area to find Frater whose stooping header from close range beat goalkeeper Bennett Sneddon.
Galaxy were back in the game with 10 minutes left when Dhillon curled in a volley from just outside the 18-yard box but it was Frater again who hit back for Colorado.
With the game heading into injury time, he surged into the box, out-leaped his marker to get on to the end of a diagonal ball and once again nodded past Sneddon.
At the Greater Nevada Field in Reno, Jamaican Dane Kelly stretched his scoring streak to six matches as he helped Reno 1868 FC beat Sacramento Republic FC 2-0.
Antoine Hoppenot opened the scoring in the 38th minute to give the hosts a 1-0 lead at half-time and Kelly buried a league-leading 12th of the season in the 73rd minute to make the game safe.