Academy Alumni: Emerson Hyndman Dominates FA Youth Cup Final
Former Dallas Texans and FC Dallas Academy star Emerson Hyndman played a crucial role in helping Fulham seize a come-from-behind victory over Chelsea in the first leg of the FA Youth Cup final on Monday.
Hyndman ignited the 3-2 comeback win in the 69th minute when his corner kick was turned home by junior Cottagers forward Moussa Dembélé to knot the score at 1-1. The U.S. U-18 international then took matters into his own hands, firing home a low drive two minutes later from the top of the Chelsea area.
Hyndman has been in top form lately, and was able to show off some of his skill during a short homecoming when Fulham recently participated in the 35th edition of the Dallas Cup earlier this month.
Serna Opens his MLS Goal Account: Dillon Serna, a Colorado Rapids Homegrown product who started with the club’s Academy in 2009, scored his first MLS goal for the Rapids’ first team over the weekend in Colorado’s 4-1 loss at Seattle. The young midfielder did well to corral a killer final pass from teammate Nick LaBrocca and lift a deft chip over onrushing Sounders FC goalkeeper Stefan Frei.
After appearing in only one league game for the Rapids in 2013, Serna has garnered four MLS outings this season, including two starts, one of which was in the match against Seattle. He has seen time in the Rapids’ past three matches, during which time he also logged his first MLS assist on Colorado’s game-winning goal in a 1-0 defeat of Toronto FC on April 12.
Fagundez Finding his Form: Another Homegrown Academy product to have an impact last weekend was New England Revolution attacker Diego Fagundez, who assisted on Teal Bunbury’s 92nd-minute game-winner in the Revolution’s 2-0 victory against Sporting Kansas City. Fagundez, who set the record for most goals by a teenager in an MLS season last year with 13, also nearly scored himself three minutes later. After his initial shot was blocked into the air by SKC goalkeeper Eric Kronberg, Fagundez forced Kansas City midfielder Oriol Rosell into a handball inside the penalty area, and Lee Nguyen scored the resultant penalty kick to cement the final score line.
Additional Alumni Notes:
- St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri product Will Bruin bagged his fourth goal of 2014 when he tucked home the opening goal of the Houston Dynamo’s 1-1 draw with the Portland Timbers.
- New York Red Bulls Academy graduate Juan Agudelo supplied the assist on FC Utrecht’s consolation goal in a 4-1 defeat to ADO Den Haag.