The New England Revolution had a dream start to the MLS Playoffs, and multiple Development Academy alumni played a role in the team’s opener.
Former Crossfire Premier midfielder Kelyn Rowe assisted Charlie Davies’ first goal in the 34th minute and Revolution Academy alum Scott Caldwell set up Davies’ 78th-minute tally as the Revolution garnered a 4-2 road victory against the Columbus Crew on Saturday in the first leg of the team’s Eastern Conference Semifinal series.
Rowe’s right-footed cross found Davies for a diving header as New England took a 1-0 lead. Caldwell helped the Revolution push its lead to 4-1, assisting Davies who became the first New England player to score multiple goals in a postseason game.
New England head back home for the second leg against Columbus on Sunday, Nov. 9, at Gillette Stadium. The game kicks off at 5 p.m. ET on ESPN2.
Elsewhere, D.C. United Academy product Bill Hamid came up with several big saves for D.C. United. But a ruthless New York Red Bulls attack was too much as D.C. United fell 2-0 in its series opener on Sunday at Red Bull Arena. Hamid had five saves in all.
D.C. hopes its regular-season success at home (11-2-4 record) will spill over into the postseason to make up the deficit. D.C. United hosts the Red Bulls in the second leg on Saturday, Nov. 8, at RFK Stadium. The game kicks off at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBC.
In a well-rounded weekend for former Development Academy players, two garnered their first goals in Major League Soccer play.
Defender Taylor Kemp, formerly of Real Colorado, played a big role in D.C. United’s worst-to-first season, scoring his first MLS goal during a 3-1 victory against the Houston Dynamo on Sunday. Kemp gave D.C. a 1-0 lead in the 41st minute after Dynamo goalkeeper Tyler Deric stopped Chris Pontius’ initial shot. From just inside the 18-yard box, the left back fired to give his side a one-goal lead heading into halftime. Kemp is in the midst of his second MLS season. He has a goal and two assists in 12 games (11 starts). D.C. United is atop the Eastern Conference at 16-9-7 (55 points) with two games to play. (Kemp’s First Goal Secures First Win in Houston)
Also netting his first goal was Lonestar product Kris Tyrpak. The Chivas USA forward was a second-half sub and his 65th-minute tally turned the momentum during Chivas USA’s 2-1 comeback win against the Colorado Rapids on Saturday (Reaction). Tyrpak knifed his way through Colorado’s defense to tie the score at 1-1, and teammate Felix Borja followed with the winner 20 minutes later. Tyrpak’s tally is up for MLS Goal of the Week. The assist on Tyrpak’s goal went to former Crew Soccer Academy midfielder Matt Dunn. It was his first MLS assist. Tyrpak has played seven games, all off the bench, in his first MLS season and Dunn has earned six caps and three starts during his rookie campaign.
Elsewhere, the New England Revolution drew the Montreal Impact 2-2 to clinch a playoff berth. Former Crossfire Premier midfielder Kelyn Rowe scored his fifth goal of the season for New England. Revolution Academy product Scott Caldwell later assisted Lee Nguyen’s equalizer and the Revs salvaged a point and erased two Montreal leads.
PA Classics alum Andrew Wenger of the Philadelphia Union gave his side a 2-0 lead in the 75th minute against the Columbus Crew on Saturday. Wenger’s sixth
goal of the season appeared to be enough, but the Crew
stormed back with three goals in a four-minute span to pull off a 3-2 win against Philadelphia.
Last Friday, former Lonestar and Dallas Texans forward Kekuta Manneh of Vancouver Whitecaps FC scored the lone goal during a 1-0 win against Seattle Sounders FC to claim its second straight Cascadia Cup. As the Sounders played without DeAndre Yedlin, the team’s star defender was pushed into a midfield role with the U.S. Men’s National Team and assisted Mix Diskerud’s fifth-minute goal during the USA’s 1-1 draw against Ecuador. It was Yedlin’s first assist in his eight National Team games.
Former Crossfire Premier midfielder Kelyn Rowe scored the opening goal of the New England Revolution’s 3-2 road victory against Sporting Kansas City on Friday. Jermaine Jones’ 85th-minute winner grabbed the headlines, but Rowe got New England off and running as the Revs built a 2-0 cushion early on.
In the 22nd minute, Rowe got New England on the score sheet first when the ball was crossed in from the right side and Rowe redirected with his left to the far right post for a 1-0 lead.
Rowe has posted four goals and four assists over the past 11 games spanning a two-month stretch.
New England (14-13-3) and Sporting (13-11-6) are tied with 45 points apiece in the Eastern Conference standings, six points behind first-place D.C. United.
Hamid Earns Career-High Ninth Shutout: D.C. United Academy alum Bill Hamid made four saves and earned his ninth shutout this season as D.C. blanked the Philadelphia Union 1-0 on Saturday. Hamid broke his previous career-high of eight shutouts in 2012, and he is now one win away from matching his personal-best of 13 during that 2012 campaign.
For the season, Hamid is 12-9-5 with 99 saves, which ranks third among MLS goalkeepers. D.C. United is atop the East at 15-9-6 with 51 points.
Galaxy’s Zardes Nets 16th Goal:
LA Galaxy homegrown product Gyasi Zardes scored his 16th goal of the season during the Galaxy’s 4-0
victory against the New York Red Bulls on Sunday at StubHub Center. Zardes’ 69th-minute goal gave the Galaxy a 3-0 lead as the team shoots for the
Supporters’ Shield. Both LA and Seattle Sounders FC have 57 points through 30 games.
Elsewhere, former Texas Rush and Lonestar SC forward Kekuta Manneh assisted Pedro Morales’ 78th-minute, game-winning goal as Vancouver Whitecaps FC topped Real Salt Lake 2-1 on Saturday. Crew Soccer Academy product Wil Trapp assisted Ethan Finlay’s goal during a 2-0 win against the Montreal Impact on Saturday with a second-minute through ball to open up the scoring. Colorado Rapids homegrown Dillon Serna contributed his fourth assist of the season when he helped create Gabriel Torres’ 84th-minute goal as Colorado and the San Jose Earthquakes played to a 1-1 draw on Saturday.
Date of Birth
Dec 2, 1991
Newport Beach, Calif.
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