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Academy Alumni: Emerson Hyndman Dominates FA Youth Cup Final

Former Dallas Texans and FC Dallas Academy star Emerson Hyndman played a crucial role in helping Fulham seize a come-from-behind victory over Chelsea in the first leg of the FA Youth Cup final on Monday.

Hyndman ignited the 3-2 comeback win in the 69th minute when his corner kick was turned home by junior Cottagers forward Moussa Dembélé to knot the score at 1-1. The U.S. U-18 international then took matters into his own hands, firing home a low drive two minutes later from the top of the Chelsea area.

Hyndman has been in top form lately, and was able to show off some of his skill during a short homecoming when Fulham recently participated in the 35th edition of the Dallas Cup earlier this month.

Serna Opens his MLS Goal Account: Dillon Serna, a Colorado Rapids Homegrown product who started with the club’s Academy in 2009, scored his first MLS goal for the Rapids’ first team over the weekend in Colorado’s 4-1 loss at Seattle. The young midfielder did well to corral a killer final pass from teammate Nick LaBrocca and lift a deft chip over onrushing Sounders FC goalkeeper Stefan Frei.

After appearing in only one league game for the Rapids in 2013, Serna has garnered four MLS outings this season, including two starts, one of which was in the match against Seattle. He has seen time in the Rapids’ past three matches, during which time he also logged his first MLS assist on Colorado’s game-winning goal in a 1-0 defeat of Toronto FC on April 12.

Fagundez Finding his Form: Another Homegrown Academy product to have an impact last weekend was New England Revolution attacker Diego Fagundez, who assisted on Teal Bunbury’s 92nd-minute game-winner in the Revolution’s 2-0 victory against Sporting Kansas City. Fagundez, who set the record for most goals by a teenager in an MLS season last year with 13, also nearly scored himself three minutes later. After his initial shot was blocked into the air by SKC goalkeeper Eric Kronberg, Fagundez forced Kansas City midfielder Oriol Rosell into a handball inside the penalty area, and Lee Nguyen scored the resultant penalty kick to cement the final score line.  

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Academy Alumni: Agudelo Tallies Winner for FC Utrecht

Former New York Red Bulls Academy forward Juan Agudelo scored the game-winning goal to lead FC Utrecht to a 2-1 victory against Heracles on Sunday. Agudelo was brought into the match in the 36th minute and tallied four minutes later.

It marked Agudelo’s second goal for the Dutch club. His first goal came on Feb. 6 during a 2-1 loss to PEC Zwolle.

Wenger Tallies in Union Debut: In his first match since being traded from the Montreal Impact, former PA Classics forward Andrew Wenger scored a goal during the Union’s 2-2 draw against Real Salt Lake on Saturday. The No. 1 overall selection of the 2012 MLS SuperDraft wasted no time contributing for his home state team, tallying a 55th-minute goal to tie the score at 1-1. Wenger’s goal was up for MLS Goal of the Week.

Dillon Duo Sets Up Rapids Winner: Colorado Rapids Academy alumni Dillon Serna and Dillon Powers helped set up an Edson Buddle goal and Colorado held on for a 1-0 victory against Toronto FC on Saturday. Powers, who was the mlssoccer.com Man of the Match for his efforts, dished near the end line to Buddle just above the six-yard box for the game-winner, which was Buddle’s 99th career MLS goal.

Elsewhere, a pair of alumni had assists during the 1-1 draw between the Portland Timbers and Chivas USA. Internationals SC alum Darlington Nagbe assisted Will Johnson’s seventh-minute goal for Portland, and Albertson SC product Andrew Jean-Baptiste helped set up Erick Torres’ equalizer in the 79th minute for Chivas.

U20 MNT vs Cuba Reaction March 1 2013

The U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team shut out Cuba 2-0 on Friday in the semifinals of the 2013 CONCACAF U-20 Championship. A huge test awaits Sunday when the USA faces host Mexico to determine the tournament champion.

Under-20s: In 2012, Serna played in all three games at the Milk Cup in Northern Ireland in July. He started one match and logged 101 minutes … Under-17s: Started in two games at the 2011 CONCACAF U-17 Championship in Montego Bay – the opener against Cuba and the championship game against Canada. He tallied an assist on Esteban Rodriguez’s goal against Cuba on Feb. 14. Serna made four international appearances in 2011 with a goal during a Feb. 5 win against Honduras in Bradenton, Fla.

Serna was signed by the Colorado Rapids as a homegrown player on Jan. 14, 2013. Prior to signing, Serna trained with the Rapids’ first team and played in seven of the team’s 10 MLS Reserve League matches, starting three games.

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