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.
D.C. United Academy product Bill Hamid made three saves and D.C. earned a 3-0 road victory Saturday against Sporting Kansas City to move into first place in Major League Soccer’s Eastern Conference.
Hamid earned his sixth clean sheet and 10th victory this season. The game marked the first to feature two homegrown players starting in goal – Hamid and Sporting Kansas City’s Jon Kempin.
D.C. United improves to 13-7-4 (43 points) with a one-point lead over Sporting (12-7-6, 42 points).
Wenger Brace Paces Union Past San Jose: PA Classics product and Philadelphia Union midfielder Andrew Wenger scored two goals to lead the Union to a 4-2 victory against the San Jose Earthquakes on Sunday. With the win, the Union tightened up the Eastern Conference Playoff race. The New York Red Bulls currently are latching onto the fifth postseason slot if the season ended at this stage with 31 points, while the New England Revolution and Union are just outside the table with 30 points apiece.
Hairston Tallies First Goal: Colorado Rapids midfielder Marlon Hairston, formerly of IMG Academy, scored his first MLS goal during the Rapids’ 4-3 loss to the LA Galaxy last Wednesday, Aug. 20. So far during his rookie season, Hairston has 16 caps, six starts, one goal and one assist in 649 minutes of play.