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Cuevas stars in pro debut
April 10th, 2012 11:16PM

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[WEEKLY HONORS] Charleston Battery midfielder Jose Cuevas was named the USL PRO Player of the Week after he scored a pair of goals to lead his side to a 2-1 victory over the Richmond Kickers on Saturday evening. Andy Herron (Ft. Lauderdale) and Ray Burse (Carolina) were named the first NASL Players of the Week of the 2012 season.

Cuevas, who was making his professional debut after spending 2011 with the PDL’s Fresno Fuego, opened the scoring in the 41st minute and added a second in the 67th, which proved to be the game-winner.

After the Strikers were reduced to 10 men in the 40th minute, Herron, the former Costan Rican international, scored the match’s lone goal in Fort Lauderdale’s 1-0 victory over FC Edmonton.

Burse made seven saves, including several spectacular efforts, and helped secure the 1-0 shutout for the RailHawks against defending NASL champion Minnesota Stars.

USL PRO TEAM OF THE WEEK:
Goalkeeper
Sean Kelley, Orlando
Made four saves, including a penalty, to record a shutout

Defenders
Nikola Katic, Pittsburgh
Played a pair of solid games, including key role in shutout Friday
Colin Falvey, Charleston
Kept Richmond’s strong attack in check for most of the game
Rob Valentino, Orlando
Continued to impress with strength in the air in shutout

Midfielders
Quinton Griffith, Antigua
Scored the opening goal in Barracuda FC’s Sunday victory
Joseph Kabwe, Charlotte
Had three shots on goal and played well in return to Eagles
Jose Cuevas, Charleston
Had pair of goals in his professional debut for the Battery
Stanley Nyazamba, Richmond
Scored the Kickers’ goal in their loss to Charleston

Forwards
Dennis Chin, Orlando
Scored early to set the Lions on their way to an opening win
Stefan Smith, Antigua
Scored twice as the Barracudas took their first win of the season
Mike Seth, Pittsburgh
Had the game-winning goal in the Riverhounds’ win in Antigua



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