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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.

Academy Alumni Update: Powers Leads Rapids in Rout

Former Development Academy Player of the Year Dillon Powers scored twice to lead the Colorado Rapids to a 4-1 win over the Montreal Impact on Saturday and was named mlssoccer.com’s Man of the Match.

Powers got the Rapids on the board in the fifth minute when he converted a penalty kick and scored in the 84th minute on an assist from Marlon Hairston, formerly of IMG Academy, for Colorado’s fourth goal of the game.

Defender Shane O’Neill also tallied a score for the Rapids. It was the first MLS goal for O’Neill, who represented the U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team at the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Turkey.

Fagundez Nets Game-Winner: Diego Fagundez, formerly of New England Revolution’s Academy, was named mlssoccer.com Man of the Match as he scored the game-winner in the Revolution’s 2-1 victory against D.C. United on Saturday. It was his fourth goal of the season.

Elsewhere in MLS, LA Galaxy Academy product Gyasi Zardes scored a goal and recorded an assist to lift the Galaxy to a 2-1 win over FC Dallas Thursday. Chris Duvall, previously of the Concorde Fire, made his first MLS start with the New York Red Bulls in a 2-1 loss to Portland. It was his second appearance of the season and of his young career. 

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.

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.

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