On Tuesday, the USL released their Week 15 Team of the Week and Harrisburg’s Pedro Ribeiro headlined the nominees and earned Player of the Week as the main orchestrator in the City Islanders’ current two-game win streak.
Ribeiro received 33 percent of votes conducted by a national panel of independent media representing every USL market. Phoenix Rising FC goalkeeper Josh Cohen finished second in the voting with 29 percent after recording six saves in his team’s first shutout and clean sheet of the season.
“It’s exciting to be recognized,” Ribeiro said. “Most importantly we got the two wins that we really needed after a rough patch. It’s always nice being recognized, but I’m just happy to be able to help the team.”
In the City Islanders most recent match, Ribeiro nailed an early 23rd minute goal and then eight minutes later sent a beautiful cross to rookie Jake Bond who finished just inches in front of the Toronto FC II’s (2-9-5, 11 points) goalkeeper, Mark Pais. Ribeiro was the main catalyst getting the struggling offense going in their narrow 4-3 victory and 1-0 upset over Louisville City FC (8-2-4, 28 points).
“We gave up three goals on the road against Toronto and know we can’t make the same mistakes moving forward against Rochester,” Ribeiro said. “We will continue to bring it in practice and train hard to continue this (winning) streak.
On June 24th, Ribeiro nailed the lone goal in a shutout win over Louisville City FC giving Louisville their second loss on the season. Ribeiro narrowly added another goal after a shot rang off the post. He is now tied for the team lead in goals and assists with two apiece.
The City Islanders are back on the road and prep for the inaugural Capelli Sport Cup match with the Rochester Rhinos (5-3-5, 20 points) on Saturday at 6:05 p.m.