Thomas Sanner - versus Sacramento Republic FC

Late-match heroics earns Thomas Sanner nod on USL Team of the Week

Fresh off scoring his first professional goal, Thomas Sanner was named to the USL Team of the Week, the league announced today.

The Princeton product came on with five minutes left in a crucial Western Conference matchup with Sacramento Republic FC on Sunday and proved to be the difference-maker, as his added-time header gave Whitecaps FC 2 the 2-1 victory.

"You have to give credit to Daniel Haber, he laid in a perfect ball and was able to time it just right," Sanner said after the match. "I just wanted to get my head on it across goal. It was an amazing feeling."

With the victory, WFC2 tied LA Galaxy II for the top position in the conference and doubled their lead on fifth-place Sacramento with 11 matches left on the slate.

Whitecaps FC 2 kick off a two-match road swing on Friday, July 29 at Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC. Watch the match live on Kickoff is at 6 p.m.

WFC2 are back at Thunderbird Stadium on Saturday, August 6 when they host Cascadia rival Seattle Sounders FC 2 for Super Sports Day. Tickets are available here.

USL Team of the Week

GK – John Berner, Charlotte Independence: Berner recorded a five-save shutout, including a pair of outstanding stops, as the Independence defeated Pittsburgh 2-0.
D – Oumar Ballo, Swope Park Rangers: Ballo led the Rangers’ defense with a strong performance in the side’s 3-0 victory against Orange County on Saturday.
D – James Musa, Saint Louis FC: Musa scored the opening goal as Saint Louis boosted its playoff hopes with a 2-1 win against Colorado Springs on Saturday night.
D – O’Brian Woodbine, Charleston Battery: Woodbine recorded a pair of assists in Charleston’s 3-2 victory on the road against the Red Bulls II. 
M – Yudai Imura, Richmond Kickers: Imura had a pair of goals in a 3-0 victory against Toronto FC II to lead the Kickers to their third consecutive win.
M – Sebastian Dalgaard, OKC Energy FC: Dalgaard’s strong performance was capped by a standout goal that helped Energy FC take the Black Gold Derby against Tulsa.
M – Liam Miller, Wilmington Hammerheads FC: Miller lifted the 10-man Hammerheads with an outstanding late finish that earned a 2-2 draw on the road against Orlando.
M – Jaime Villarreal, LA Galaxy II: Villarreal had a goal and assist as the Galaxy II defeated San Antonio FC 3-2 to earn their fourth consecutive victory.
M – Maikel Chang, Charleston Battery: Chang had the opening goal and then provided the assist on the game-winner as the Battery defeated the Red Bulls II.
F – Thomas Sanner, Whitecaps FC 2: Sanner scored his first professional goal in stoppage time to lift WFC2 to a 2-1 victory against Sacramento on Sunday.
F – Long Tan, Arizona United SC: Tan had a goal and assist to lead Arizona to a big 3-0 win on the road against Real Monarchs SLC on Friday night.

Bench: Kendall McIntosh (POR), Mark O’Ojong (SEA), Lewis Hilton (CLT), Florian Valot (NY), Corben Bone (CIN), Alex Molano (SPR), Irvin Herrera (STL)

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