Several former U.S. Soccer Development Academy players stood out in the crowd during the third week of the Major League Soccer season.
Academy alum Carlos Alvarez made his MLS debut with Chivas USA and came up big with an 89th-minute goal to earn a 1-1 draw against the LA Galaxy on Sunday at The Home Depot Center. Alvarez’s heroics came just six minutes after former LA Galaxy Academy player Jack McBean gave his side a 1-0 lead in the 83rd minute.
Also in that match, Chivas USA midfielder Josue Soto, who played in the Academy with the Houston Dynamo, made his MLS debut and played the full 90 minutes.
Former D.C. United Academy goalkeeper Bill Hamid made seven big saves and recorded his second straight shutout during D.C.’s scoreless draw against the New York Red Bulls. The effort gave Hamid MLS Player of the Week honors. He leads MLS with 13 saves in three games.