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.
Ever wondered what a day in the life of a U.S. Women’s National Team player is like? We followed WNT goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris to get an inside look at a day inside WNT training camp, a day that included a weight session and on-field practice.
After a grabbing a quick coffee, the busy day starts early for Harris and the WNT, as they are headed to a weight lifting, the first of two trainings sessions that day.
“The bus ride is always total shenanigans with the people I sit around with. Usually that group is Allie Long, Megan Rapinoe and Ali Krieger. It’s just fun and good vibes heading into our workout.”
First stop of the day: weightlifting. The WNT usually spends about 90 minutes at the gym, and each player has a specialized workout sheet that is tailored to their needs.
“At lifting I usually spend time on my shoulders and continue to strengthen my back; things I need as goalkeeper. Every day I hit the ground, so I have to make sure my arms are strong. Shoulder strength and shoulder stability are key to make sure my arms are moving well and to prevent any injuries.”
As the team exits the gym, several fans await them by the bus and most players, including Harris, stop to sign a few autographs and pose for a few selfies.
“It’s always just really cool to stop and have a chat with the younger generation after or before training sessions. They’re just awesome.”
“Our van leaves the hotel about 45 minutes before the field players whenever we go to the training. I always have a pre-training and pre-game routine of taping my fingers and hands. It’s a personal preference and to be honest, I’ve always done it. Being at training earlier helps us get some good stretching in, stay focused and it allows us to nail down techniques and work individually and collectively as a small group before we jump in with everyone else.”
For afternoon training, Harris, along with Alyssa Naeher and Jane Campbell, as well as goalkeeper coach Graeme Abel, all pile into a team van and head to training earlier than the field players to spend some time working on their technique and specific areas before the rest of the team arrives.
“Alyssa and I have very good communication and no one has a better view or can critique one another better than each other. If we see something we tell each other and help each other out.”
After training, the players all cool down, chat with each other, hydrate and reflect on the session they just completed.
“We tend to immediately grab our protein shakes. We talk about the day, what we saw on the field, what we can fix, what wasn’t good, what was good and we just overall critique the game in every way we can to become better.”
“Once we’re back in the hotel, it’s all about treatment. Like true professionals, we must take care of our bodies and be responsible to get the treatment we need. Our bodies take a beating from all the impact at training so we take care of it to do it all over again the day after.”