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Academy Alumni: Hamid Earns Sixth Shutout, D.C. Moves into First in East

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.

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.

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.