Tampa, Florida – Phoenix Rising FC forward Manuel Arteaga was announced Thursday as the USL Championship Player of the Month for June. He was in excellent form to lead the Golden Boot battle and capped off the month with two Western Championships. Conference title winner.
As part of this season’s offensive revamp at Rising FC, which he moved from Indy Eleven in the off-season, the Venezuelan player racked up goals in four consecutive games, averaging a goal every 93.3 minutes and shooting conversions over the entire month of June. The rate was 33.3 percent. Arteaga’s goals also come at key moments, with seven of his 10 goals this season coming in the 30th minute and all four of them in June.
“I am very happy with this recognition and thank God, the fans and the league. “I have adapted to the team and I am grateful to each and every one of my teammates. They have helped me get this recognition and I hope we can continue to grow and adapt together as a team.” .”
The 29-year-old’s 10 goals are now tied for the league’s top in the USL Championship, tying him with the previous season’s highest score in the USL Championship he achieved with Indy during the 2021 season. He also tied his single-season personal best with three assists and contributed to a goal every 116.3 minutes on average during the season.
In addition to crediting his teammates, Arteaga would also like to thank Rising FC head coach Juan Guerra. Juan Guerra led the team in a full season for the first time and developed an interesting and fluid attacking style that gradually improved over the first four months of the season.
“It was easy to adapt to the way he played, because it’s the same way I like and enjoy football,” said Arteaga. “I am very grateful to him for giving me the opportunity to be here and believing in me.
“I want to be a positive person. I have a lot of faith in this team. I believe in the process. And we can continue to grow, live in the moment and enjoy every game. I know.”
Arteaga received 50 percent of the votes weighted, including the USL Championship Technical Committee, the National Committee of Independent Media representing all USL markets, and an online fan vote at USLChampionship.com. Charleston Battery’s Nick Markanich finished second with 18 percent after returning from injury and had four goals for an Eastern Conference contender with a strike rate of one in 100.3 minutes.