Riverside Coras forward/defender Cody Shelton has been selected as the first Mitre National Player of the Week for the 2017 NPSL season.
"I feel extremely blessed and fortunate for being awarded the first Mitre National Player of the Week for the 2017 season,” Shelton commented. “I definitely couldn't have done it without the hard work, support, and opportunities given to me by my teammates, coaching staff, and the Coras organization as a whole.”
Shelton scored a hat trick, the first of his career and the first in club history, in Riverside's 6-0 win over City of Angels FC.
"Cody was acquired three seasons ago from Kitsap Pumas in Washington,” Riverside Coras President Rob Lopez added. “He wanted to play closer to home. Born and raised in the Inland Empire, homegrown and a talented collegiate player, it was a natural fit for him to join his brother Shane at Riverside Coras. Cody immediately demonstrated his skills, leadership, and the passion to win every single game.”
The Joshua Tree, California native was a four-year starter at Biola University in La Mirada, California, earning three All-GSAC and two All-American honors. He went on to play for a numbers of clubs in Washington, California, and Canada.
“Coras is an amazing local club that's given me the opportunity to continue playing the game I love with some of my best friends and even my older brother,” Shelton concluded.
The winner of this national honor is determined by a vote of media members from across the country. It is awarded every week during the regular season.
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