U.S. Soccer

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, leading the club to its first 2-0-0 start.

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.

Community Club Lansdowne Bhoys Eyes Giant Killer Success in 2016 U.S. Open Cup

In today's era of big money sponsorships, corporate rebranding and astronomical franchise fees, the tale of Lansdowne Bhoys serves as a reminder of the small town romance that helped make soccer a global force.

The Yonkers-based club formed in 1997 as a pub team within the confines of its now-shuttered namesake, Lansdowne Bar in the Bronx. 

Today, it has built itself into a community club, with multiple senior team tiers and youth affiliations reaching hundreds throughout the Yonkers area.

"Lansdowne isn't just Lansdowne," head coach Austin Friel said. "We have a coaching academy as well. We have an affiliation with Yonkers United where we provide coaches for 24 Yonkers teams."

Friel, a 12-year veteran of the Irish leagues and an influential member at the club, brought a foundation of experience and respect that has helped shape the organization. At the heart of the Lansdowne operation is a deep-rooted community, where its focus has drawn the love of famed football announcer Tommy Smyth, whom infamously name-dropped the Bhoys in several high profile matches on ESPN – including last year's encounter between Ireland and England.

Several of Lansdowne's players also perform as coaches with Yonkers United. Many also take up day jobs with several construction companies owned by various members of the Lansdowne board, adding an extra layer of unity within the club.

"It's more of a family business," Friel explained. "With all the guys on my board, they all own their own construction companies or work for large construction companies in Manhattan and a lot of our guys work for these companies."

Emerald Tile and Marble is the team's main sponsor, which is owned by club Vice President, Aiden Corr. Several Lansdowne Bhoys work under Corr’s tile company, which enticed standout players to hone their skills on the pitch with the option of a respectable day job to supplement their income.

"About six to seven years ago, we sort of moved up a few divisions, getting better players from Ireland and Irish American players from the likes of Columbia College," Friel explained. "Aiden Corr has been at the club for 12 years as a player. He decided to take them to the next level. He put together a board and brought on William McGrory as President. Aiden is Vice President and he bought on people to develop the club and make it better."

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USOC May 17, 2016