CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (April 9, 2019) - Chattanooga Red Wolves SC Defender Richard Dixon and Goalkeeper Alex Mangels have been named to USL League One Team of the Week for week 2 of the league's inaugural season.
Both played vital roles in the historic 1-0 victory over Forward Madison FC (0-1-0) for the team's inaugural home opener on Saturday night. As right back, Dixon led the way for the Red Wolves defensively against a quality Madison attack. He ended the night with four tackles, six clearances and two interceptions while joining the attack and helping create chances.
Mangels earned his first clean sheet, posting four saves and two crosses claimed. His leadership in the defensive third contributed greatly to the overall composure of the Red Wolves' backline.
Both players have USL Championship experience. Dixon signed with Red Wolves after spending two seasons with OKC Energy FC. While there, he appeared in 51 competitions, tallying more than 3,700 minutes played. Prior to his time with Energy FC, Dixon rostered with St. Louis FC for two seasons.
Mangels joined the Red Wolves after a season with Portland Timbers 2. He finished with six clean sheets and a trip to the playoffs. He began his professional playing career with Tulsa Roughnecks in 2016. There, Mangels made 17 appearances and led the league in save percentage (.782).
The Red Wolves return to the pitch Saturday, April 13 on the road in Greenville, South Carolina to face Greenville Triumph SC.
On Saturday, April 20, the team will be back home to face South Georgia Tormenta FC at 7:00 p.m. ET in David Stanton Field. For tickets, visit chattredwolves.com/tickets.
USL League One Team of the Week
GK – Alex Mangels, Chattanooga Red Wolves SC: Mangels posted a four-save shutout in the Red Wolves’ 1-0 victory against Forward Madison FC on Saturday night.
D – Conner Antley, South Georgia Tormenta FC: Antley recorded assists on all three goals in Tormenta FC’s midweek win against FC Tucson, and over a two-game week won 16 of 23 duels and made 12 recoveries and six interceptions.
D – Connor Tobin, Forward Madison FC: Tobin posted 11 clearances, went 3 of 3 in duels and completed 78 of 90 passes overall to anchor a solid backline display by the Flamingos.
D – Richard Dixon, Chattanooga Red Wolves SC: Dixon helped the Red Wolves record their first shutout as he made six clearances, won 8 of 13 duels and had two interceptions against Madison.
D – Wahab Ackwei, Richmond Kickers: Ackwei led the Kickers defense with four interceptions and also notched six clearances and completed 66 of 76 passes in Richmond’s shutout against South Georgia.
M – Kevin Politz, Greenville Triumph SC: Politz scored the late game-winning goal to give Greenville its first victory in club history while also completing 38 of 47 passes and winning 6 of 9 duels.
M – Luca Petrasso, Toronto FC II: Petrasso notched the game-winning goal with a sharply-taken volley and completed 12 of 14 passes to help TFC II defeat Orlando in its season-opener.
M – Charlie Dennis, South Georgia Tormenta FC: Over two outings, Dennis recorded 20 possession recoveries, won 14 of 21 duels and almost provided the go-ahead goal with a free kick that was tipped onto the crossbar against Richmond on Saturday.
F – Jake Keegan, Greenville Triumph SC: Keegan scored the first goal in Triumph SC history and completed 21 of 22 passes in the club’s victory on Saturday night against Lansing.
F – Marco Micaletto, South Georgia Tormenta FC: Micaletto scored the insurance goal for Tormenta FC against FC Tucson on Wednesday, and for the week completed 35 of 41 passes and had 10 recoveries.
F – Devin Vega, FC Tucson: Vega scored the opening goal, notched three key passes and completed 22 of 29 passes overall in Tucson’s visit to South Georgia Tormenta FC last Wednesday night.