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Academy Alumni: Emerson Hyndman Dominates FA Youth Cup Final

Former Dallas Texans and FC Dallas Academy star Emerson Hyndman played a crucial role in helping Fulham seize a come-from-behind victory over Chelsea in the first leg of the FA Youth Cup final on Monday.

Hyndman ignited the 3-2 comeback win in the 69th minute when his corner kick was turned home by junior Cottagers forward Moussa Dembélé to knot the score at 1-1. The U.S. U-18 international then took matters into his own hands, firing home a low drive two minutes later from the top of the Chelsea area.

Hyndman has been in top form lately, and was able to show off some of his skill during a short homecoming when Fulham recently participated in the 35th edition of the Dallas Cup earlier this month.

Serna Opens his MLS Goal Account: Dillon Serna, a Colorado Rapids Homegrown product who started with the club’s Academy in 2009, scored his first MLS goal for the Rapids’ first team over the weekend in Colorado’s 4-1 loss at Seattle. The young midfielder did well to corral a killer final pass from teammate Nick LaBrocca and lift a deft chip over onrushing Sounders FC goalkeeper Stefan Frei.

After appearing in only one league game for the Rapids in 2013, Serna has garnered four MLS outings this season, including two starts, one of which was in the match against Seattle. He has seen time in the Rapids’ past three matches, during which time he also logged his first MLS assist on Colorado’s game-winning goal in a 1-0 defeat of Toronto FC on April 12.

Fagundez Finding his Form: Another Homegrown Academy product to have an impact last weekend was New England Revolution attacker Diego Fagundez, who assisted on Teal Bunbury’s 92nd-minute game-winner in the Revolution’s 2-0 victory against Sporting Kansas City. Fagundez, who set the record for most goals by a teenager in an MLS season last year with 13, also nearly scored himself three minutes later. After his initial shot was blocked into the air by SKC goalkeeper Eric Kronberg, Fagundez forced Kansas City midfielder Oriol Rosell into a handball inside the penalty area, and Lee Nguyen scored the resultant penalty kick to cement the final score line.  

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Academy Alumni: Agudelo Tallies Winner for FC Utrecht

Former New York Red Bulls Academy forward Juan Agudelo scored the game-winning goal to lead FC Utrecht to a 2-1 victory against Heracles on Sunday. Agudelo was brought into the match in the 36th minute and tallied four minutes later.

It marked Agudelo’s second goal for the Dutch club. His first goal came on Feb. 6 during a 2-1 loss to PEC Zwolle.

Wenger Tallies in Union Debut: In his first match since being traded from the Montreal Impact, former PA Classics forward Andrew Wenger scored a goal during the Union’s 2-2 draw against Real Salt Lake on Saturday. The No. 1 overall selection of the 2012 MLS SuperDraft wasted no time contributing for his home state team, tallying a 55th-minute goal to tie the score at 1-1. Wenger’s goal was up for MLS Goal of the Week.

Dillon Duo Sets Up Rapids Winner: Colorado Rapids Academy alumni Dillon Serna and Dillon Powers helped set up an Edson Buddle goal and Colorado held on for a 1-0 victory against Toronto FC on Saturday. Powers, who was the mlssoccer.com Man of the Match for his efforts, dished near the end line to Buddle just above the six-yard box for the game-winner, which was Buddle’s 99th career MLS goal.

Elsewhere, a pair of alumni had assists during the 1-1 draw between the Portland Timbers and Chivas USA. Internationals SC alum Darlington Nagbe assisted Will Johnson’s seventh-minute goal for Portland, and Albertson SC product Andrew Jean-Baptiste helped set up Erick Torres’ equalizer in the 79th minute for Chivas.

Known for his fearless attacking spirit, Agudelo established a role in the U.S. Men’s National Team in 2011, making a career-high 14 appearances. The young forward continues to add to polish to impressive raw talent and is expected to be a big part of the USA’s efforts to qualify and compete in the 2012 Olympic Games. The striker was the first product of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy to make an appearance for the U.S. Men’s National Team, scoring in his debut when the U.S. defeated South Africa 1-0 to win the 2010 Nelson Mandela Challenge in Cape Town, South Africa. With the goal, the New York Red Bulls Academy alum became the youngest U.S. player to score in the modern era.

  • Finished second on the team in appearances with 14 in 2011
  • Scored a goal on his debut against South Africa on Nov. 17, 2010, becoming the youngest modern-era player to score for the U.S.
  • Three-semester alumnus of the U.S. Under-17 Residency Program (Fall 2008, Spring 2009, Fall 2009) 
  • As a 17-year-old in 2010, started for the New York Red Bulls in both MLS Cup Playoff matches against San Jose
  • Became the first player in New York Red Bulls history to join the first team from the Academy
2012: Made one appearance for the senior team, entering as a substitute and setting up Michael Bradley's goal in the 2-2 draw against ninth-ranked Russia on Nov. 14 in Krasnodar ... 2011: Played a career-high 14 games for the U.S., the first player on the team to reach that number in the calendar year … Appeared in five of the U.S.’s six games in the CONCACAF Gold Cup, adding the assist on both of Clint Dempsey’s game-winners, against Canada and Jamaica … Scored the tying goal against Argentina on March 26 … 2010: Made his first full MNT appearance and scored against South Africa in the Nelson Mandela Challenge on Nov. 17, 2010 in Cape Town … Under-20s: Made six appearances for the U-20s, scoring in the 2010 Northern Ireland Milk Cup win against Denmark … Under-17s: Played 15 matches for the U-17 MNT, including two appearances at the 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Nigeria … First Appearance: Nov. 17, 2010, vs. South Africa … First Goal: Nov. 17, 2010, vs. South Africa.

2012: Traded to Chivas USA from New York Red Bulls on May 18 in exchange for Heath Pearce and allocation money ... Made 16 starts and 20 appearaces for Chivas, scoring three goals and registering three assists ... 2011: Made 27 appearances for the New York Red Bulls, 12 of them starts … Scored six goals and added two assists … 2010: Made his MLS game debut against Real Salt Lake on Oct. 9, 2010 … Made his professional debut on April 27, 2010 in a U.S. Open Cup match against Philadelphia … Joined the New York Red Bulls senior ranks in March 2010 … 2007: Joined the New York Red Bulls Academy in the fall of 2007.

 

Moved from Colombia to the U.S. at the age of eight ... Lists “dancing” as his pre-game ritual.

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