The United Soccer League announced today that Blues striker Trevin Caesar has been voted Player of the Week for the final week of the 2016 regular season.
Caesar received 62 percent of the vote conducted by a national media panel after his brace on Saturday helped Orange County defeat then first-place Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC 4-0, and advance to the USL Cup Playoffs.
The Trinidad & Tobago international caused havoc for the Switchbacks backline all night. In the 13th minute, Caesar was in on goal when he was brought down just outside the box, which set up Didier Crettenand to score off a free kick, giving the Blues an early 1-0 lead.
In the 87th minute, with the Blues still needing two more goals to pass Portland Timbers 2 on goal differential for the final spot in the USL playoffs, Caesar took on his defender well to create enough space to fire a shot in the bottom left corner, making the score 2-0. Then just two minutes later, Caesar would get his team-best tenth goal of the season when Richard Chaplow found him at the back post for an open header, which would send the Blues to the postseason.
This marks Caesar’s third time being named to the USL Team of the Week in 2016, and the first time an Orange County Blues player has been named Player of the Week this season. The Blues will now head to Bonney Field Saturday October 1st to face #1 seed Sacramento Republic FC in the Western Conference quarterfinals. Kickoff is set for 7:30pm PDT.