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TAMPA, Fla. – Calgary Foothills FC defender Jonathan Wheeldon has been awarded PDL Player of the Week after playing a key role in helping his side record two wins over Northwest Division rivals the Portland Timbers U-23s during Week 4.
On Friday, Wheeldon was instrumental in keeping the Timbers U-23s attack at bay en route to a 4-0 shutout victory at Glenmore Athletic Park. After his strong defensive outing, he scored his first goal of the regular season on Sunday. Wheeldon headed in the game's opener in the second minute of play, and went on to help Foothills FC earn a 2-1 win – its second over the Timbers U-23s in three days.
PDL Team of the Week
GK – Nico Campbell, Des Moines Menace: Campbell recorded his first shutout of the regular season on the road against the St. Louis Lions at the Tony Glavin Soccer Complex.
D – Joshua Phelps, Southern West Virginia King’s Warriors: Phelps scored a goal, recorded an assist and helped the King's Warriors record a 3-0 shutout win against Peachtree City MOBA at East River Soccer Park.
D – Jonathan Wheeldon, Calgary Foothills FC: Wheeldon scored a goal and was key in helping Foothills FC earn two wins over the Timbers U-23s at Glenmore Athletic Park.
D – Michael Jimenez, Chicago Fire U-23: Jimenez scored a goal and was vital in keeping WSA Winnipeg off the score sheet in the Fire U-23's 5-0 victory at Toyota Park.
M – Marco Charalambous, Michigan Bucks: Charalambous controlled the midfield for 162 minutes against the Cincinnati Dutch Lions and Pittsburgh Riverhounds U23 in Week 4, scoring one goal and providing two assists over the course of back-to-back 3-0 victories for the Bucks.
M – Christopher Karcz, Jersey Express: Karcz scored a double at Long Branch High School to lead the Express to their first win of the regular season – a 4-2 victory over Ocean City Nor'easters.
M – Noah Keats, OKC Energy U23: Keats was dynamic and active in the midfield against Saint Louis FC U-23 and Albuquerque Sol FC during Week 4, scoring two goals and providing one assist in the team's two victories.
M – Merlin Baus, San Francisco City FC: Baus played all 180 minutes in the two road matchups against the BYU Cougars in Week 4, scoring two goals in the second meeting to lift San Francisco City over the Cougars in a 3-2 result.
F – Tresor Mbuyu, Charlotte Eagles: Mbuyu scored a hat trick against the West Virginia Chaos to spark the Eagles' attack to an 8-0 victory at Charlotte Christian School.
F – Mohamed Kourouma, FC Miami City: Kourouma netted a hat trick in Miami City's 5-0 win against Southeast Division foe SW Florida Adrenaline at Tropical Park Soccer Stadium.
F – Xhovani Dokaj, Kokomo Mantis FC: Dokaj scored three goals against WSA Winnipeg to lead Mantis FC to a 4-0 win at Kokomo Municipal Stadium.
Honorable Mention – FC Tucson: Damian German; Floridians FC: Arce Patricio, Tyler Brew, Gonzalo Medina; Michigan Bucks: Drew Shepherd; Cincinnati Dutch Lions: Austin Smythe; OC Blues U23: Christopher Lara