Recent Men’s National Team call-up and IMG Academy alum Aron Johannsson netted his first goal for Bundesliga side Werder Bremen on Sunday. Scoring a penalty kick in the 39th minute, Johannsson helped his side to a 2-1 win over Borussia Monchengladbach. The American forward, who has made three appearances for Werder Bremen this season, will meet up with fellow Development Academy alums Joe Corona (Nomads SC), DeAndre Yedlin (Crossfire Premier & Seattle Sounders), and Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy) in Washington D.C. when the U.S. MNT takes on Peru on Sept. 4 at RFK Stadium.
Youth National Teams
- U-23 MNT Set for England, Qatar Friendlies: Thirteen players from this roster have ties to the Development Academy: Luis Gil (Pateadores), Ethan Horvath (Real Colorado), Emerson Hyndman (FC Dallas), Benji Joya (De Anza Force), Matt Miazga (New York Red Bulls), Eric Miller (Minnesota Thunder Academy), Boyd Okwuonu (FC Dallas), Shane O'Neill (Colorado Rapids), Marc Pelosi (De Anza Force), Dillon Serna (Colorado Rapids), Oscar Sorto (LA Galaxy & Pateadores), Zack Steffen (Continental FC DELCO), Wil Trapp (Crew SC Academy).
- U-20 MNT Heads to Czech Republic Tournament: Twenty-two players from this roster have ties to the Development Academy: Amir Bashti (San Jose Earthquakes), Coy Craft (FC Dallas), Kyle Duncan (New York Red Bulls), Collin Fernandez (Chicago Fire), Justen Glad (Real Salt Lake-AZ), Christian Hererra (Real Salt Lake-AZ), Nicholas Hinds (Kendall SC), Cameron Lindley (Chicago Fire & Indiana Fire Academy), Andrew Lombard (New York Red Bulls), Christian Lucatero (Houston Dynamo), Victor Mansaray (Seattle Sounders FC), Abuchi Obinwa (Chicago Magic PSG), Christian Onalfo (LA Galaxy), Erik Palmer-Brown (Sporting Kansas City), Pablo Palaez (San Diego Surf), Mauricio Pineda (Chicago Fire), Nash Popovic (Vardar), Emmanuel Sabbi (Chicago Magic PSG), Martin Salas (FC Dallas), Sebastian Saucedo (Real Salt Lake-AZ), Ben Swanson (Crew SC Academy), Justin Vom Steeg (Real So Cal)
Across Major League Soccer
- Tim Parker (Albertson SC) helped the Vancouver Whitecaps earn a new piece of silverware with with a goal in the 53rd minute of a 2-0 win over the Montreal Impact in the Canadian Championship final last Wednesday.
- Conor Doyle (Dallas Texans) scored a 90th minute goal to punctuate a 3-0 victory for D.C. United over Montego Bay and all but secure passage to the knockout rounds of the 2016 CONCACAF Champions League last Tuesday.
- Dillon Serna (Colorado Rapids) assisted Kevin Doyle’s game-winning goal in the 79th minute for the Colorado Rapids’ 2-1 victory over Houston Dynamo on Wednesday.
- Diego Fagundez (New England Revolution) scored the game-winning goal against the Philadelphia Union on Saturday. The 20-year-old Fagundez became the youngest player in MLS history to score 25 career goals.
- Wil Trapp (Crew SC Academy) assisted Federico Higuain in the 10th minute off a corner kick in Columbus Crew SC’s 2-1 victory over New York City FC on Saturday.
- Sheanon Williams (FC Bolts Celtic) assisted Ricardo Clark in the 34th minute to help Houston Dynamo in a 2-0 league win over the visiting Vancouver Whitecaps.
After several seasons with English Championship side Derby County, 21-year-old forward Conor Doyle has spent the past couple of months stamping his presence with a struggling D.C. United team that is looking toward next year.
One area D.C. isn’t looking past, however, is the chance to play for a Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup championship when it travels to Utah to face Real Salt Lake on Tuesday (7 p.m. MT, GolTV).
“Anytime you have the opportunity to play for a trophy, that’s pretty cool,” Doyle said. “That game is coming around soon. The focus will be tough because we have a game against Toronto FC on Saturday, so it will be a quick turnaround. It will mean having double the homework for two teams. The mood has been great around the club despite the struggles. That’s our season since we beat Chicago in the semifinal.”
The Texas native and former Dallas Texans Academy player signed with Derby County in 2010 at age 18 and made 13 appearances in his rookie season in the Championship. That early success was followed by a couple seasons with multiple injuries and limited playing time.
“I’ve had loads of ups and downs,” Doyle said. “My dream was always to play in England, so getting signed over there and having the chance to do that was fantastic. The first year was pretty good and I had quite a few appearances as an 18-year-old. But my playing time dwindled, I’ve had a few injuries, so that makes it hard to get better.”
In July of this year, D.C. United acquired Doyle on loan through a lottery process after he had been training with the Colorado Rapids. Several days after the lottery, Doyle was bound for D.C., where he scored two goals in his first four games.
“It’s all about playing time for me right now,” Doyle said. “These games mean something for me, and I was glad that I scored a couple goals near the start. That part of it’s been great, and I’ve been able to help the team. They trust me enough to bring me off the bench when I haven’t started. It’s been a good progression.”
Since returning to the States for his first season in MLS, Doyle has certainly taken notice of the culture in the league and the immediate impact of former Development Academy players on many first teams throughout the league.
“There are not only kids coming up through the Academy, but they also have an effect on the teams that they’re playing for, almost right away,” Doyle said. “That just shows how much the Academy has improved and how the levels of American soccer have risen. They’re able to produce and make an impact right away.”
While still early in his career, Doyle looks back fondly on the road he took to get to this point, going through the growth of the Development Academy structure and his international opportunities with the U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team.
“The Academy had just started, and I was in the beginning of when everything was formed,” Doyle said. “The competition was so much better than anything else you were around before then. Everyone was really good. Then you go from that to a professional environment. It really molds you. At the Texans, we had a really professional environment. We were brought up to be good professionals if that day ever came. You learn to be professional both individually and as a team, and you learn a lot from the other guys who go through that process. Being around the Academy and National Team, you get some good coaching and great training.”
Now Doyle has become a viable game day option for D.C. United head coach Ben Olsen as the team prepares for its most important match of 2013 with the title game of the 100th edition of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. D.C. United is in search of its third U.S. Open Cup crown after winning the 1996 and 2008 titles.
“It’s been great,” Doyle said. “D.C. United has an unbelievable fan base. The season hasn’t gone the way we expected it to or wanted it to, but it’s been awesome, and the guys are great. The lottery was a little crazy, but it’s interesting how everything all worked out.”
Date of Birth
Oct 13, 1991
Derby County (England)