CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (April 16, 2019) - Chattanooga Red Wolves SC (1-2-0) Midfielder Ualefi has been named to USL League One Team of the Week for week 3 of the league's inaugural season.
Despite the Red Wolves' 1-0 road loss to Greenville Triumph SC (2-1-0), Ualefi played a vital role in the midfield, winning 6 of 8 duels, recording five interceptions and four recoveries and completing 31 of 38 passes.
Ualefi is no stranger to USL competition. The Sao Paulo native signed with the Red Wolves after spending the 2017-18 season with Brazil’s Barretos Esporte Clube, but prior to joining Barretos EC, Ualefi rostered with USL Championship’s Swope Park Rangers for two seasons.
In 2016, Ualefi was the only player to start every regular season match during the 2016 season, adding four assists and placing second on the team in minutes played with a total of 2,511. He started in the USL Cup Playoffs opener against LA Galaxy II in the Western Conference Quarterfinals, recording an assist on the third goal of the 3-0 victory.
Ualefi made his Major League Soccer (MLS) debut with Sporting Kansas City as a substitute at Vancouver Whitecaps FC in the CONCACAF Champions League on Aug. 23 before starting against the same opponent on Sept. 13.
On Saturday, April 20, the team is back home to face South Georgia Tormenta FC at 7:00 p.m. ET in David Stanton Field. The match features an Easter 'Egg'stravaganza theme complete with an appearance from the Easter Bunny and a halftime easter egg scramble for kids 10 and under to participate in. For tickets, visit chattredwolves.com/tickets.
USL League One Team of the Week
GK – Juliano Chade, Orlando City B: Chade recorded five saves and completed 52 of 63 passes as Orlando took its first point of the season in a 1-1 draw against league-leaders Tormenta FC.
D – Grant Stoneman, Lansing Ignite FC: Stoneman found the net to cap a performance that saw him win 9 of 11 duels and record five recoveries and four clearances in Lansing’s victory against Richmond.
D – Callum Montgomery, North Texas SC: Montgomery won 7 of 8 duels and recorded six recoveries and five clearances as North Texas recorded a shutout victory against Forward Madison FC.
D – Nick Moon, Lansing Ignite FC: Moon scored the opening goal for Ignite FC, won 13 of 17 duels and recorded seven recoveries in his side’s victory against the Richmond Kickers.
D – Kody Wakasa, FC Tucson: Wakasa recorded a team-high seven clearances, won 5 of 7 duels and completed 63 of 74 passes to help Tucson earn a draw in its home opener against Toronto FC II.
M – Griffin Dorsey, Toronto FC II: Dorsey recorded an assist and three key passes while completing 23 of 29 passes overall in Toronto’s 1-1 draw on the road against FC Tucson.
M – Ualefi, Chattanooga Red Wolves SC: Ualefi won 6 of 8 duels, recorded five interceptions and four recoveries and completed 31 of 38 passes in the Red Wolves’ visit to Greenville.
M – Carlos Gomez, Greenville Triumph SC: Gomez provided the assist on the winning goal for the hosts and completed 12 of 15 passes overall as Greenville took its second consecutive victory.
F – Ricardo Pepi, North Texas SC: Pepi converted a stoppage-time penalty kick to earn NTSC its second consecutive victory and completed 17 of 21 passes overall.
F – Jamael Cox, FC Tucson: Cox opened the scoring for Tucson, completed 14 of 18 passes and made four recoveries in his side’s 1-1 draw against Toronto FC II.
F – Jake Keegan, Greenville Triumph SC: Keegan scored the lone goal in Greenville’s victory against Chattanooga and completed 11 of 14 passes overall.