Academy Alumni: Set-Up Men Trapp, Shipp Highlight Week 3 in MLS
Former Crew Soccer Academy standout Wil Trapp assisted the game-winning goal to lead the Columbus Crew to a 2-1 victory against the Philadelphia Union on Saturday.
Trapp, who captained the U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team for a match during the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup, assisted Bernardo Anor’s second tally in first-half stoppage time and also played the full 90 minutes as he continues to play a big role in his second MLS season. Trapp and the Crew are off to their first 2-0-0 start in club history.
Trapp is coming off a 2013 rookie campaign in which he had one assist in 16 games. This year, Trapp has two starts, an assist and 180 minutes to his name.
In that Crew-Union match, BW Gottschee product Leo Fernandes scored Philadelphia’s lone goal, which was his first-career MLS tally.
Elsewhere, Harry Shipp, an Academy product of both the Chicago Fire and Chicago Magic PSG, assisted the Fire’s lone goal en route to a 1-1 draw against the New York Red Bulls during the team’s home opener on Sunday in Bridgeview, Ill. Shipp provided the corner kick assist to Jeff Larentowicz in the sixth minute to take an early 1-0 lead.
Also on the same pitch, Fire homegrown player Victor Pineda made his long-awaited MLS debut as a second-half sub. Pineda, who like Trapp was a member of the U.S. U-20 squad at last year’s U-20 World Cup, was the Fire’s first homegrown signing back in 2010.
Former Andromeda midfielder Dillon Powers was named the MLS Man of the Match during the Colorado Rapids’ 2-0 victory against the Portland Timbers on Saturday at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo.