U.S. goalkeeper Development Academy alum Bill Hamid had a career-high seven saves for D.C. United during the opening weekend of Major League Soccer play.
The 2012 Major League Soccer season kicked off this past weekend, and several U.S. Soccer Development Academy alumni made an impact right off the bat.
But the standout effort came from one of the Academy’s earlier alumni as third-year D.C. United goalkeeper Bill Hamid posted a career-high seven saves on Saturday. Unfortunately for his efforts, the U.S. goalkeeper received no offensive support as D.C. lost to Sporting Kansas City 1-0 on Saturday at RFK Stadium.
Hamid was the focal point for D.C. throughout the match, and he came through with a stellar foot save in the 45th minute against Sporting Kansas City’s Kei Kamara. Hamid deflected Kamara’s header in mid-air away for a corner kick. The lone goal allowed to C.J. Sapong was directed to the inside of the left post – an area that D.C.’s defense did not mark during Graham Zusi’s corner kick.
Former PA Classics player and 2012 MLS SuperDraft top pick Andrew Wenger made his MLS debut for the expansion Montreal Impact. The 2011 Hermann Trophy winner and ACC Offensive Player of the Year played the final 18 minutes during Montreal’s 2-0 loss to the host Vancouver Whitecaps, replacing Justin Braun in the second half.
Midfielder Kelyn Rowe, formerly of Crossfire Premier, logged 90 minutes during the New England Revolution’s 1-0 road loss to the San Jose Earthquakes at Buck Shaw Stadium. The No. 3 overall selection in this year’s draft debuted on the right wing as New England had five new faces in its starting lineup. Rowe took all three Revolution corner kicks.
Defender Tommy Meyer debuted in the LA Galaxy starting lineup and logged 84 minutes on Saturday as the defending MLS champion fell to Real Salt Lake 3-1 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. “I thought he played well tonight,” Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena said. “Tommy was pretty solid.”
Also noteworthy: Academy alum Juan Agudelo earned the start for the New York Red Bulls during their 2-1 loss to FC Dallas on Sunday. The Red Bulls forward played the full 90 minutes.
Former Crossfire Premier player Kelyn Rowe played the full 90 minutes for the New England Revolution this past weekend.