Development Academy alum Zac MacMath of the Philadelphia Union was one of a record four Academy products to take the field in the same match.
The continued growth of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy took another step forward during Monday’s Major League Soccer season opener between the Philadelphia Union and host Portland Timbers.
For the first time, four Development Academy alumni were on the pitch in a single game as Portland topped Philadelphia 3-1.
Portland’s Andrew Jean-Baptiste scored a game-tying goal in the 54th minute and teammate Darlington Nagbe played 24 minutes for the Timbers. On the Union side, goalkeeper Zac MacMath made four saves and Academy alum Jack McInerney was a second-half sub, playing the final 16 minutes of the match.
Jean-Baptiste’s goal was a huge redemption after the Union took the lead on a Gabriel Gomez free kick that clipped Jean-Baptiste and went into the net. Gomez was awarded the goal after it initially was ruled an own-goal. Technical jargon aside, several minutes later the No. 8 selection of the 2012 MLS SuperDraft headed a free kick into the far left side of the goal to tie the score at 1-1.
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