Former Birmingham United player and Philadelphia Union rookie Chandler Hoffman made his Major League Soccer debut on Saturday during the Union’s scoreless draw against the Vancouver Whitecaps. The 13th overall selection in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft started and played 50 minutes during the match at PPL Park.
“To see your name in the lineup, have your name announced and walking out of the tunnel with the fans going crazy was something special,” Hoffman said to PhiladelphiaUnion.com. “It was a great feeling. I was so pumped at the beginning of the game.”
Development Academy product Zac MacMath (Clearwater Chargers) and his defense kept the clean sheet against Vancouver. MacMath did not even need to make a save for his first shutout of the season.
Among other former Development Academy notables, Darlington Nagbe scored two highlight reel goals during the Portland Timbers’ 3-2 loss to Real Salt Lake on Saturday. Nagbe’s first tally tied the score at 1-1 in the 48th minute as he beat RSL’s Kyle Beckerman to the ball, cut to his right just outside the top of the box and drove a low shot past a diving Nick Rimando. Nagbe’s second goal in the 65th minute gave Portland the lead as he delivered a fading strike over Rimando for a 2-1 advantage.
Former Crossfire Premier player Kelyn Rowe started and played the full 90 minutes for the New England Revolution, scoring his first MLS goal during his team’s 3-1 victory against the LA Galaxy at The Home Depot Center on Saturday. It was Rowe’s fourth start this season after being selected third overall in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft.