Marco Bustos - wingspan celebration (blue vs Tulsa)

First-half brace earns Marco Bustos USL Team of the Week selection

VANCOUVER, BC - Midfielder Marco Bustos was named to the USL Team of the Week on Tuesday after registering a first-half brace to lead Whitecaps FC 2 to a 3-1 win at Tulsa Roughnecks FC last Friday.

The Winnipeg, Manitoba native opened the scoring for WFC2 in the 14th minute when he calmly slotted the ball into the net after receiving a feed from teammate Andre Lewis.

He then tallied his fourth goal of the season to double the 'Caps lead in the 32nd minute off a penalty kick, sending Roughnecks FC goalkeeper Jake Feener the wrong way before finding the bottom-left corner.

This is the second time Bustos has been selected to the USL Team of the Week, earning the same honours for his Week 14 performance. Other WFC2 players previously given the recognition this season are Tyler Rosenlund, Victor Blasco, Brett Levis, Ben McKendry and Craig Nitti.

Whitecaps FC 2 continue their last road trip of the season with a visit to Cascadia rival Seattle Sounders FC 2 on Saturday, August 8. They are back home on Sunday, September 6 when they host defending USL champion Sacramento Republic FC at Thunderbird Stadium. For more ticket information, visit whitecapsfc2.com.

USL Team of the Week

GK – Maxime Crepeau, FC Montreal: Posted a six-save shutout, which included a penalty save, as Montreal earned a 0-0 draw with Charleston

D – Bryan Burke, Louisville City FC: Scored what proved to be the winning goal and pressed forward well throughout in Louisville’s 3-2 win in Toronto

D – Rennico Clarke, Portland Timbers 2: Helped limit the Austin Aztex to only four shots on goal as T2 took a 1-0 road win

D – Shawn Ferguson, Charleston Battery: Was solid defensively and a threat from set pieces as the Battery were held by Montreal to a 0-0 draw

M – Marco Bustos, Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2: Scored a pair of goals to lead WFC2 to victory in Tulsa to keep the side in playoff contention

M – Gareth Evans, OKC Energy FC: Was excellent in the center of midfield and capped his performance with a fine goal in OKC’s 3-0 win against Arizona

M – Luke Vercollone, Colorado Switchbacks FC: Had both goals as the Switchbacks took an impressive win against the LA Galaxy II in a top-four Western clash

M – Rob Vincent, Pittsburgh Riverhounds: Scored his first professional hat trick to lead Pittsburgh to victory, and set a new single-season club record for goal in the process

M – Pavle Popara, Orange County Blues FC: Notched both goals as the Blues rallied to defeat Real Monarchs SLC to remain in the West’s top six

F – Tomasz Zahorski, Charlotte Independence: Had a goal and an assist as the Independence handed Rochester its first loss of the season

F – Tommy Stewart, Sacramento Republic FC: Scored his first two goals of the season to lead Sacramento past Seattle to close the game on first in the West

Bench: Santiago Castano (NY), Tony Rocha (ATX), George Fochive (POR), Fred Owusu Sekyere (RIC), Franklin Castellanos (NY), Jason Yeisley (RIC), Sammy Ochoa (TUL)

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