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Academy Alumni: Saad Lifts Sporting; Miazga and NYRB Blank Revs

Former Development Academy Player of the Year Soony Saad (Vardar, Michigan Wolves) scored what would prove to be the game-winning goal during Sporting Kansas City’s 2-0 victory against the Houston Dynamo on Friday.

Saad’s first start of 2014 included a 45th-minute strike from just outside the box that gave Sporting a 1-0 lead it would not relinquish. Kansas City is tied for second in the Eastern Conference standings with D.C. United with 22 points, one point behind the New England Revolution.

Miazga Makes First MLS Start: New York Red Bulls homegrown player Matt Miazga made his first MLS start going the full 90 minutes on the Red Bulls back line defense. Miazga helped the Red Bulls to a 2-0 victory against New England Revolution on Sunday. It was second appearance this year and third appearance overall of his career.

Shipp Records Brace for Fire: Chicago Fire forward Harry Shipp, formerly of the Fire’s Academy and Chicago Magic PSG, scored twice in a 3-2 loss to Seattle Sounders FC on Sunday. His first, a left-footed strike from just inside the 18-yard box, cut into the Sounders 2-0 lead. Shipp found the net again in the 82nd minute to bring the Fire to within a goal at 3-2, which stood as the final score. Shipp’s two goals were his fourth and fifth of the year. He now has two multi-goal games on the season, with a hat trick against New York on May 10.

Gil Scores in Draw: Former Pateadores player and 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup participant Luis Gil scored a goal in Real Salt Lake’s 1-1 draw against Columbus on June 4. Gil broke a scoreless tie early in the second half when he finished a rebound off Abdoulie Mansally’s shot, shooting across Crew keeper Steve Clark off the left post and in. It was Gil’s second goal of the season and the 10th of his career.

Elsewhere, D.C. United Academy product Bill Hamid made two saves and earned his fourth shutout of the season in a 0-0 draw against the Columbus on Saturday. Another former Academy Player of the Year and Andromeda product, Dillon Powers, had an assist during the Colorado Rapids’ 3-2 loss to FC Dallas. Powers has two goals and four assists on the season.

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.

Soccer For All

Member of the U.S. Men's National Team and The U.S. Ambassador to Brazil, Liliana Ayalde, spoke about the launch of "Sports for All," and the USMNT's involvement in the program.

Klinsmann to Bring 22 Players to Los Angeles for Final Portion of January Camp

CHICAGO (Jan. 24, 2014) – U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has finalized a 22-player roster for the last part of the January camp that will be held at the National Training Center in Carson, Calif. A total of 26 players were part of the group that began training on Jan. 7 in preparation for the match against Korea Republic on Feb. 1 at StubHub Center.

Colorado Rapids defenders Chris Klute and Shane O’Neill, Sporting Kansas City defenders Chance Myers and Seth Sinovic, and Houston Dynamo goalkeeper Tally Hall will return to their clubs. Columbus Crew defender Michael Parkhurst has been added to the training camp roster and will join the team in Los Angeles.

The team has spent the last 12 days in Sao Paulo, Brazil, as part of an opportunity to go through a “dry run” for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Sao Paulo will be the site of the team’s base camp this summer ( Watch Now). The MNT will return to the United States on Saturday and have the weekend off before resuming training Monday.

“All of the players have put in a tremendous amount of work and effort these past two weeks,” said Klinsmann. “We had a great opportunity to introduce some new players into the Senior National Team Program and they have done extremely well. I think they have a bright future, and now they go back to their clubs with a better understanding of what it takes at the international level. We now move forward with the chance to finish off the camp with the goal of getting a result against Korea.”

The camp culminates with the friendly against the Korea Republic on Feb. 1 in Carson, Calif. Kickoff at StubHub Center is set for 2 p.m. PT, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2, WatchESPN and UniMas. Fans can also follow the match live on Twitter @ussoccer.

Nearly 22,000 tickets have been sold for the USA’s first game in 2014, which is one of only two games currently scheduled before the naming of the World Cup roster in May. Fans can purchase tickets through ussoccer.com, by calling 1-888-929-7849, and at the StubHub Center ticket office (open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.).

Groups of 20 or more can obtain an order form at ussoccer.com or call 312-528-1290. Ultimate Fan Tickets (special VIP packages that include a premium ticket, a custom-made official U.S. National Team jersey with name and number, VIP access to the field before and after the game, and other unique benefits) are also available exclusively through ussoccer.com.

U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION – Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3) : Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (7) : Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Clarence Goodson (San Jose Earthquakes), Michael Harrington (Portland Timbers), Michael Parkhurst (Columbus Crew), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC)
MIDFIELDERS (8) : Eric Alexander (New York Red Bulls), Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Benny Feilhaber (Sporting Kansas City), Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake), Dax McCarty (New York Red Bulls), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
FORWARDS (4 ): Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Eddie Johnson (D.C. United), Mike Magee (Chicago Fire), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)


The young goalkeeping prospect has been tagged as one with a bright future, appearing in every camp with the full team for the second half of 2011.  Age-eligible for the 2012 Olympics, Hamid made D.C. United history when he became the first D.C. United Academy player to sign with the first team. He went on to make history, becoming the youngest goalkeeper in MLS history to win a league contest on May 5, 2010, a 2-1 win against Sporting KC, a feat that bested Tim Howard’s previous record.

  • Won Development Academy Story of the Year in the 2009 Best of U.S. Soccer Awards for becoming the first D.C. United Academy player to sign with the first team 
  • Served as an understudy to Tim Howard for seven matches in 2011 
  • Called into a U-23 training camp in December 
  • Signed with the D.C. United on Sept. 2, 2009, making him the first Development Academy player to sign with the first team 
  • Played and started in 28 games D.C. United in 2011, posting seven shutouts
2011: Named to the roster for the matches against Mexico, Costa Rica, Belgium, Honduras and Ecuador, each of Jurgen Klinsmann’s games in charge … Still awaiting his first cap ... Under-20s: Played in the Campos Verdes International Tournament in Portugal and the Copa Chivas tournament in Mexico, both in 2008 … First appearance: None … First Shutout: None.
2011: Posted seven shutouts in his 28 games for D.C. United, all starts … 2010: Started all eight of his games for D.C. and posted one shutout … Became the youngest MLS goalkeeper to win a league game, when D.C. beat the Kansas City Wizards 2-1 on May 5 … 2009: Came up through the D.C. United youth system, and on Sept. 2 became the first Development Academy player to sign for the first team.
Father is from Sierra Leone … Joined the D.C. United Academy in January 2007 and went on to win the U-17/18 MLS Cup that year … Named to the U-17/18 Mid-Atlantic Starting XI in 2008 … Became the first academy player to sign with D.C.’s first team, earning him the 2009 Development Academy Story of the Year.
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