San Antonio FC midfielder Cristian Parano was named the USL Championship Player of the Week, the league announced today. Parano scored two goals and recorded two assists in the record 5-0 win for SAFC over New Mexico United last Saturday.
The Argentinian midfielder was named the SWBC Man of the Match after recording the two goals and two assists while also adding five key passes and six successful dribbles. Parano continues to add to his August Player of the Month candidacy after tallying five goals, two assists, 15 key passes, 19 successful dribbles, 36 duels won and an 86.4 percent passing accuracy in four August matches thus far.
Overall this season, the 19-year-old has appeared in all 25 league matches for SAFC, making 17 starts and tallying 1,607 minutes played. Parano has scored seven goals while adding the two assists, 39 chances created, 84 successful dribbles and 176 duels won. The 20-year-old’s 84 successful dribbles and 137 dribbles attempted lead the USL Championship in 2019.
The honor marks the fifth time a San Antonio FC player has earned the Player of the Week award and second time for Parano in the last three weeks. Goalkeeper Matthew Cardone (2016), forward Cesar Elizondo (2017) and forward Ever Guzman (2017) are the other three to earn the league honor. SAFC has had one USL Championship Player of the Month winner in team history after midfielder Billy Forbes earned the award following his play in March/April of 2017.
The full USL Team of the Week:
GK – Thomas Olsen, Las Vegas Lights FC
D – Kyle Duncan, New York Red Bulls II
D – Ken Tribbett, Nashville SC
D – Ramon Martin Del Campo, Fresno FC
D – Carl Haworth, Ottawa Fury FC
M – Cristian Parano, San Antonio FC
M – Kwadwo Poku, Tampa Bay Rowdies
M – Drew Conner, Indy Eleven
M – Jared Stroud, New York Red Bulls II
M – Steven Miller, North Carolina FC
F – Wojciech Wojcik, Hartford Athletic
Bench: Kyle Morton (PIT), Oscar Jimenez (LOU), Eric Bird (RGV), Malik Johnson (TBR), Rafael Garcia (OKC), Aodhan Quinn (OC), Prosper Kasim (BHM)