MEMPHIS, Tennessee – Memphis 901 FC forward Elliot Collier has been named USL Championship Player of the Week after his hat trick helped 901 FC to a key three points Saturday at AutoZone Park.
The hat trick was the first in club history, and it led 901 FC to a 4-1 win over Hartford Athletic to secure the club’s first home league victory in its history.
In earning Player of the Week honors, Collier secured 76 percent of the vote in a poll conducted by a national panel of independent media representing every USL Championship market.
Collier is also in the running for USL Championship Goal of the Week, which is decided by a fan vote.
The Hamilton, New Zealand native got 901 FC off to a fast start with a 6th-minute goal, which came from a Cam Lindley pass. Just a few minutes later Collier again found the back of the net, streaking down the left side and blasting it to the left of the Hartford keeper in the 11th minute.
After scoring the first goal in AutoZone Park history earlier this season, Collier again put his name in the record books by finishing off the hat trick in the 75th minute. He raced up the middle, beat two defenders, and placed a perfect shot to the bottom-right corner of the net.
This is Collier’s second USL Championship weekly award, as he was voted to the bench on the Week 2 Team of the Week. 901 FC teammates Wes Charpie (Week 3) and Duane Muckette (Week 10) have also earned USL Championship Team of the Week honors this season.
Memphis 901 FC heads to Charleston to face Charleston Battery on Saturday before returning to AutoZone Park for three-straight matches through the end of July, beginning with a showdown with Nashville SC on Wednesday, July 17.
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