Shane O'Neill (5) and Wil Trapp (6), walking out to the pitch during the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup, have earned team awards for their MLS sides.
With the Major League Soccer regular season winding down, clubs are starting to roll out their team awards. Here is a quick rundown of those who have ties to the Development Academy:
Colorado Rapids: Former Development Academy Player of the Year Dillon Powers (Andromeda) was named Colorado Rapids MVP and Rapids Academy product Shane O’Neill earned Rapids Defender of the Year. O’Neill played center back for the U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team as it competed at the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Turkey.
Columbus Crew: Midfielder Wil Trapp, who had a strong run for the U.S. U-20 MNT as it competed at the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup, earned Crew Breakout Performance of the Year. Trapp led the team in passing percentage and started in 15 consecutive league matches after he made his debut on July 7. The Crew Soccer Academy also recognized three members as CSA Players of the Year: Michael McCloskey, Tyler Kidwell and Connor Klekota.
New England Revolution: Revolution Academy product Diego Fagundez became the youngest team MVP in the organization’s history. The 18-year-old was honored before the team’s regular-season home finale on Saturday, Oct. 19. Fagundez is the only teenager in league history to score 10 or more goals in a season.