Academy Alumni: Saad Lifts Sporting; Miazga and NYRB Blank Revs
Former Development Academy Player of the Year Soony Saad (Vardar, Michigan Wolves) scored what would prove to be the game-winning goal during Sporting Kansas City’s 2-0 victory against the Houston Dynamo on Friday.
Saad’s first start of 2014 included a 45th-minute strike from just outside the box that gave Sporting a 1-0 lead it would not relinquish. Kansas City is tied for second in the Eastern Conference standings with D.C. United with 22 points, one point behind the New England Revolution.
Miazga Makes First MLS Start: New York Red Bulls homegrown player Matt Miazga made his first MLS start going the full 90 minutes on the Red Bulls back line defense. Miazga helped the Red Bulls to a 2-0 victory against New England Revolution on Sunday. It was second appearance this year and third appearance overall of his career.
Shipp Records Brace for Fire: Chicago Fire forward Harry Shipp, formerly of the Fire’s Academy and Chicago Magic PSG, scored twice in a 3-2 loss to Seattle Sounders FC on Sunday. His first, a left-footed strike from just inside the 18-yard box, cut into the Sounders 2-0 lead. Shipp found the net again in the 82nd minute to bring the Fire to within a goal at 3-2, which stood as the final score. Shipp’s two goals were his fourth and fifth of the year. He now has two multi-goal games on the season, with a hat trick against New York on May 10.
Gil Scores in Draw: Former Pateadores player and 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup participant Luis Gil scored a goal in Real Salt Lake’s 1-1 draw against Columbus on June 4. Gil broke a scoreless tie early in the second half when he finished a rebound off Abdoulie Mansally’s shot, shooting across Crew keeper Steve Clark off the left post and in. It was Gil’s second goal of the season and the 10th of his career.
Elsewhere, D.C. United Academy product Bill Hamid made two saves and earned his fourth shutout of the season in a 0-0 draw against the Columbus on Saturday. Another former Academy Player of the Year and Andromeda product, Dillon Powers, had an assist during the Colorado Rapids’ 3-2 loss to FC Dallas. Powers has two goals and four assists on the season.