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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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U.S. U-18 MNT Head Coach Javier Perez Calls 18 Players for International Tournament in Spain

CHICAGO (Jan. 28, 2014) – U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team head coach Javier Perez named an 18-player squad for the Copa del Atlantico that runs from Jan. 30 – Feb. 8 in Las Palmas, Spain.

Making its first appearance at the prestigious tournament, the USA will open its Copa del Atlantico schedule against Spain on Feb. 4, before facing Argentina on Feb. 5 and the Canary Islands on Feb. 7.

Seventeen players on the U.S. roster have ties to U.S. Soccer Development Academy clubs, with 13 currently registered with Academy teams. Omar Castro of Eintracht Braunschweig, who has been named to his first camp or tournament roster under Perez, is the only player on the squad never to have played for an Academy team.

Four MLS Academies are represented on the roster with Real Salt Lake AZ sending two players (Christian Herrera and Sebastian Saucedo) and the Crew Soccer Academy (Ben Swanson), Sporting Kansas City (Erik Palmer-Brown) and San Jose Earthquakes (JT Marcinkowski) all sending one.

The USA will be one of the youngest teams at the tournament as it fields a mixed squad of 1996- and 1997-born players. Eight ’97-born players have been included after impressing Perez at the team’s last training camp in Lakewood Ranch, Fla., earlier this month.

Five of the team’s ’97-born players (Mukwelle Akale, Marcinkowski, Palmer-Brown, Tommy Redding and Swanson) were also included for the U.S. U-18 MNT’s last international tournament in Limoges, France. In total, 14 players on the current roster featured at the Limoges tournament last October, helping the team finish second to host France with an unbeaten 2-0-1 record.

Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2)
: Christian Herrera (Real Salt Lake AZ; Las Cruces, N.M.), JT Marcinkowski (San Jose Earthquakes; Alamo, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (5):
Chase Gasper (Bethesda-Olney; Alexandria, Va.), Shaquell Moore (IMG Academy; Powder Springs, Ga.), Erik Palmer-Brown (Sporting Kansas City; Lee’s Summit, Mo.), Tommy Redding (Chicago Magic PSG; Oviedo, Fla.), Tyler Turner (IMG Academy; Meriden, Conn.)
MIDFIELDERS (6):
Mukwelle Akale (Minnesota Thunder; Minneapolis, Minn.), Omar Castro (Eintracht Braunschweig; Plant City, Fla.), Emerson Hyndman (Fulham FC; Plano, Texas), Sebastian Saucedo (Real Salt Lake AZ; Casa Grande, Ariz.), Ben Swanson (Crew Soccer Academy; Grove City, Ohio), Jackson Yueill (Minnesota Thunder; Bloomington, Minn.)
FORWARDS (5):
Andrija Novakovich (Chicago Magic PSG; Muskego, Wis.), Rubio Rubin (Unattached; Beaverton, Ore.), Ahinga Selemani (CSA Wolves; Ann Arbor, Mich.), Alan Winn (Solar Chelsea SC; Garland, Texas), Dembakwi Yomba (Concorde Fire; Lithona, Ga.)

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