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Academy Alumni: Set-Up Men Trapp, Shipp Highlight Week 3 in MLS

Former Crew Soccer Academy standout Wil Trapp assisted the game-winning goal to lead the Columbus Crew to a 2-1 victory against the Philadelphia Union on Saturday.

Trapp, who captained the U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team for a match during the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup, assisted Bernardo Anor’s second tally in first-half stoppage time and also played the full 90 minutes as he continues to play a big role in his second MLS season. Trapp and the Crew are off to their first 2-0-0 start in club history.

Trapp is coming off a 2013 rookie campaign in which he had one assist in 16 games. This year, Trapp has two starts, an assist and 180 minutes to his name.

In that Crew-Union match, BW Gottschee product Leo Fernandes scored Philadelphia’s lone goal, which was his first-career MLS tally.

Elsewhere, Harry Shipp, an Academy product of both the Chicago Fire and Chicago Magic PSG, assisted the Fire’s lone goal en route to a 1-1 draw against the New York Red Bulls during the team’s home opener on Sunday in Bridgeview, Ill. Shipp provided the corner kick assist to Jeff Larentowicz in the sixth minute to take an early 1-0 lead.

Also on the same pitch, Fire homegrown player Victor Pineda made his long-awaited MLS debut as a second-half sub. Pineda, who like Trapp was a member of the U.S. U-20 squad at last year’s U-20 World Cup, was the Fire’s first homegrown signing back in 2010.

Former Andromeda midfielder Dillon Powers was named the MLS Man of the Match during the Colorado Rapids’ 2-0 victory against the Portland Timbers on Saturday at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo.

Under-20s: Pineda returned to the U-20 MNT for the 2013 Toulon Tournament after missing several months recovering from a torn meniscus. the injury kept him out of the 2013 CONCACAF U-20 Championship, but Pineda earned a spot for the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup with three active appearaces at the Toulon tournament. In 2012, Pineda scored three goals in six international games and was a member of the U-20 squad at the Northern Ireland Milk Cup. He scored the lone goal in a 1-0 win against Turkey on July 23, 2012 ... Under-18s: Pineda made his U-18 MNT debut on July 27, 2010, and the USA's only goal in a 2-1 loss to Bolivia in Buenos Aries, Argenina ... Under-17s: Pineda was a part of the U-17 Residency Program in 2009.

Pineda was the Chicago Fire's first homegrown signing in August of 2010. In 2012, Pineda, made seven appearances in MLS Reserve League play.