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Academy Alumni: Bill Hamid, D.C. United Blank Sporting Kansas City

Former D.C. United Academy goalkeeper Bill Hamid posted a clean sheet during D.C.’s 1-0 victory against Sporting Kansas City on Saturday at RFK Stadium.

Hamid made five saves en route to his third shutout of the season and 23rd of his MLS career. All three of Hamid’s shutouts this season came during the month of May.

With the victory, D.C. United is second in the Eastern Conference at 6-4-3 and 21 points, just two points behind first-place New England Revolution (7-4-2, 23 points).

Powers Garners Two Assists for Rapids: Dillon Powers, formerly of Andromeda FC, notched two assists during the Colorado Rapids’ 3-0 win against the Houston Dynamo on Sunday at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colorado. Powers set up Deshorn Brown’s 35th-minute tally to take a 2-0 lead and assisted Kamani Hill’s 51st-minute goal for a productive 68-minute performance. Powers leads the Rapids with three assists this season.

Ritter Debuts and Starts in Fire Draw: Former Chicago Fire Academy midfielder Chris Ritter made his debut and first MLS start during the Fire’s 1-1 draw against the LA Galaxy on Sunday at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Illinois. Ritter played the full 90 minutes.

Elsewhere, Crew Soccer Academy alum Ben Speas made his first appearance of 2014 and assisted a goal during the Columbus Crew’s 3-2 loss to Toronto FC on Saturday. Speas’ assist to Agustin Viana gave the Crew a 2-1 lead in the 65th minute, but Toronto scored back-to-back goals during the final 10 minutes of regulation and stoppage time to earn the win.

U.S. U17 '91s Top Ukraine in Kiev

U.S. Under-17 '91s Men’s National Team Game Report

Participants: U.S. Under-17 MNT ‘91s vs. Ukraine
Date: June 9, 2007
Location: Obukhiv Stadium – Kiev, Ukraine
Weather: Sunny


Scoring Summary:
               1    2    F
USA       2    1    3
UKR      0    1    1

USA: Ryan Finley (Christian Ramos) 4th minute
USA: Dersu Abolfathi (Ben Speas) 10.
USA: Finley (Speas) 47.
UKR: Kartushov (Skylar)


Lineups:
USA: 1-Cody Mizell, 2-Dersu Abolfathi (10-Charles Renken), 3-Gale Agbossoumonde, 5-Amobi Okugo, 6-Christian Ramos (4-Andrew Quintana, 53), 7-Chad Barson, 8-Kofi Sarkodie, 9-Aubrey Perry, 14-Ben Speas, 15-Korey Veeder, 16-Ryan Finley (17-John Fitzpatrick, 65)

UKR: 1-Tetenko, 3-Prilyepov, 5-Butko, 6-Girskii, 7-Prychynecko, 8-Chaykovskii, 10-Silantiyev, 11-Pidchenko (18-Balashov, 50), 16-Zhuk (15-Kartushov, 46), 17-Zaika (9-Skylar, 46), 19-Natochii

Statistical Summary:

                         USA   UKR
Shots              6           8
Saves             8            3
Corner Kicks 1           6
Fouls              20          4
Offside           10          0

Misconduct Summary:
USA      Aubrey Perry (caution) 67th minute

Officials:
Referee: Sergii Lysenchuk
Asst.: Evgenii Petrakov
Asst.: Nikolay Krivonos
Fourth: Pavlo Chyzhevskiy

U.S. Under-17 '91s Fall to Serbia in Ukraine

Participants: U.S. Under-17 MNT ‘91s vs. Serbia U-16 MNT
Date: June 8, 2007
Location: Obukhiv Stadium – Kiev, Ukraine
Weather: Sunny


Scoring Summary:
                1   2   F
USA        0   0   0
Serbia    1   0   1
    
SER: Stevanovic (Mrkic) 47th min.


Lineups:
USA: 1-Mizzel, 3-Agbossoumonde, 8-Sarkodie (17-Fitzpatrick, 64), 9-Perry, 15-Veeder, 5-Okugo, 10-Renken (14-Speas, 64), 12-Cadwell (6-Ramos, 66), 2-Abolfathi, 13-Arreola (12-Altamirano, 52), 16-Finley

SER: 1-Cakovic, 2-Liscevic, 3-Sekulic (13-Bozovic, 77), 4-Stjepic, 5-Milanovic, 6-Brkic, 7-Babic (14-Smederevac, 62), 8-Ignjoski, 9-Mrkic (16-Vukosavljevic, 74), 10-Stevonovic, 11-Miladinovic (18-Milojevic, 50)

Statistical Summary:

                        USA   SER
Shots               2          2
Saves              1          2
Corner Kicks  4          2
Fouls               10        5
Offside             4          3

Misconduct Summary:
USA Sarkodie (caution) 26th min.
SER Brkic (caution) 45.

Officials:
Referee: Sergii Dankovski
Asst.: Andrii Papirovich
Asst.: Anatolli Dudchyk
Fourth: Viktor Derdo

U-17 MNT Finishes Third at Ballymena International Tournament with 5-1 Victory vs. Israel

LARNE, Northern Ireland (April 27, 2007) – As their counterparts were arriving in Jamaica for the CONCACAF Final Round Qualifying Tournament, the younger group from the Under-17 Men’s National Team was running away and hiding with a 5-1 victory to win third place as the Ballymena International Tournament in Northern Ireland.

Ryan Finley led the way with a pair of goals as the U.S. scored three times in five minutes between the 29th and 33rd minutes. Finley’s strikes, assisted by Cooper Barham and Ben Speas, respectively, book-ended a Speas goal that was assisted by Zarek Vanentin.

The goals for the U.S. in the second half came in a bunch as well, as Amobi Okugo scored in the 59th minute and substitute Eder Arreola scored four minutes later on Valentin’s second helper of the match.

Isreal closed out the day’s scoring with a 68th minute goal by Guy Lipka.

In the championship game, Ireland upended the hosts 3-0.

U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team Game Report

Participants: USA vs. Israel
Competition: Ballymena International Tournament
Location: Larne, Northern Ireland
Date: April 27, 2007
Weather: Sunny, 65 Degrees

Scoring Summary:
            1 2 F
USA    3 2 5
ISR     0 1 1

USA – Ryan Finley (Cooper Barham) 29th minute
USA – Ben Speas (Zarek Valentin) 30.
USA – Ryan Finley (Ben Speas) 33.
USA – Amobi Okugo 59.
USA – Eder Arreola (Zarek Valentin) 63.
ISR – Guy Lipka 68.

Lineups:
USA: 1-Cody Mizell (18-Rafael Diaz, 41); 12-Parker Walsh, 17-Chad Barson, 9-Aubrey Perry, 8-Kofi Sarkodie; 2-Zarek Valentin, 14-Ben Speas (10-Scott Caldwell, 69), 5-Amobi Okugo (15-Korey Veeder, 77); 6-Hasani Sinclair (13-Eder Arreola, 51), 16-Ryan Finley (4-Dersu Abolfathi, 51), 11-Cooper Barham (7-Ade Akinsanya, 51)
Head Coach: Brian Maisonneuve

ISR: 18-Idan Tuef; 7-Artur Atadjanov, 4-Osher Zeytoun, 5-Mishel Nahimias, 20-Guy Lipka; 12-Eyal Golsa, 14-Israel Goren (10-Moshe Lugassi, 41), 16-Moshe Barak (9-Isak Elihen, 54), 11-Mohammad Ghadir; 6-Philip Hbumaneh (17-Muin Khalaili, 41), 13-Saar Itzhak Segal (15-Timor Avitan, 41)
Subs not used: 1-Gaston Mizdraje, 2-Nir Mantsur, 8-Sameh Moreb

Statistical Summary: USA/ISR
Shots 14/8
Shots on goal 11/5
Saves 4/6
Fouls 9/13
Corner Kicks 6/4
Offside 2/0

U.S. U-17 MNT Drops Match, 2-1, to Ireland

LARNE, Northern Ireland (April 25, 2007) - The U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team dropped their third match at the Ballymena International Tournament in Ballymena, Northern Ireland, falling 2-1 to Ireland after defeating the Czech Republic one day earlier.

All three goals were scored in the first half as Ireland went ahead 2-0 with goals in the 17th and 29th minutes.

The U.S. pulled one back in the 36th minute when the squad earned a free kick on the left flank. Scott Caldwell served the ball into the center, where Kofi Sarkodie got his head on it. The ball crossed the box to Gale Agbossoumonde, who headed it home.

The U.S. U-17 Men face Israel in the third-place match on Thursday, April 26. Ireland and Northern Ireland will face off for the tournament title.  The U.S. has never won the Ballymena International Tournament, coming up short four times in the championship match out of five overall appearances. In 2000, the U.S. finished fourth, but had reached the final the past four consecutive years in 2002, 2004, 2005 and 2006 only to fall to Israel (1-2), Switzerland (3-4 in penalties), Czech Republic (0-1) and Czech Republic again (0-1).

U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team Game Report

Participants: USA vs. Ireland
Competition: Ballymena International Tournament
Location: Larne, Northern Ireland
Date: April 25, 2007
Weather: Cool, 50 Degrees

Scoring Summary:   1    2    F
USA                              1    0    1
IRE                               2    0    2

IRE – Greg Cunningham (Conor Henderson)    17th minute.
IRE – Conor Clifford (penalty kick)                         29.
USA – Gale Agbossoumonde (Kofi Sarkodie)    36.

Lineups:
USA: 18-Rafael Diaz; 15-Korey Veeder (12-Parker Walsh, 66), 17-Chad Barson, 9-Aubrey Perry, 8-Kofi Sarkodie; 2-Zarek Valentin, 10-Scott Caldwell, 5-Amobi Okugo; 4-Dersu Abolfathi, 3-Gale Agbossoumonde (14-Ben Speas, 66), 7-Ade Akinsanya (16-Ryan Finley, 57)
Subs not used: 1-Cody Mizell, 6-Hasnai Sinclair, 11-Cooper Barham, 13-Eder Arreola
Head Coach: Brian Maisonneuve


IRE: 16-Chris Oldfield; 8- Conor Hourihane, 4-John Dunleavy, 5-Mark Connolly (2-Neil Byrne, 41), 12-Neil Harney (3-Richie Towell, 40): 14-Paul Corry, 13-Conor Henderson, 6- Conor Clifford, 7- Aaron Doran (15-Jason Hughies, 41); 11-Greg Cunningham, 18-Karl Sheppard
Subs not used: 1-Harry Lee, 10-Gerard Kinsella, 9-James Wallace, 17-David Heagney
Head Coach: Vincent Butler


Statistical Summary:  USA     IRE
Shots                                11         5
Shots on goal                   3          4
Saves                                 2          2
Fouls                                15        10
Corner Kicks                     6          3
Offside                               2           2

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Scott Caldwell (caution)                    49th minute.
IRE – Conor Clifford (caution)                      52.
USA – Gale Agbossoumonde (caution)     60.
IRE – Conor Hourihane (caution)                80.

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