With the fourth week of the 2015 Major League Soccer season in the books, it was a former Development Academy player who stole the spotlight with not only the game-winning goal for his team, but with also his first goal in his MLS career.
Real Salt Lake’s Jordan Allen, who played for Empire Revolution and Real Salt Lake AZ in the Academy, notched the game-winner for Real Salt Lake on Sunday to give his team the 2-1 victory over Toronto FC. The tally also marked his first MLS goal. Allen came into the match as a second half sub in the 74th minute. Additionally, there was another Real Salt Lake AZ alum that had a significant weekend as Sebastian “Bofo” Saucedo made his debut in the 89th minute to help RSL seal the win.
Former Crossfire Premier midfielder Kelyn Rowe, now with the New England Revolution, was the author of both goals in a 2-1 victory over the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday in Foxborough. Rowe now has 17 career goals for the Revs, and had started all four games for New England so far this season. His two-goal performance earned him a spot in the MLS Team of the Week. (Watch: Rowe's Deflected Shot Gives New England the Lead; Rowe Nabs His Second.)
Chicago Magic PSG alum and current Chicago Fire forward Harry Shipp, also earned a spot in the MLS Team of the Week after assisting in the sole goal scored in the Fire’s win over the Philadelphia Union on Sunday. The win was Chicago’s first of the season.
With five saves against the LA Galaxy on Saturday, D.C. United Academy product Bill Hamid recorded his second shutout of the season, as United improved to 2-1-1 this year.
Also in action this weekend was Academy alum Andy Najar (D.C. United Academy). Najar plays for the Honduras National Team and over the weekend scored two goals to help Honduras defeat French Guiana 3-0 and secure his country a spot in Group A the 2015 Gold Cup alongside Haiti, Panama and the United States.
Finally, the U-23 MNT defeated Bosnia U-21’s 5-2 on March 27 with several former Academy players making an impact:
- Pateadores alum Luis Gil captained the team and tallied 3 assists.
- Seattle Sounders Academy product Jordan Morris scored the opening goal in the win over Bosnia and tallied one assist. He is now with the senior MNT after being called up by U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann on March 29 and will be available for the MNT’s game against Switzerland on March 31.
- De Anza force alum Benji Joya tallied the third goal for the USA when he converted a PK in the second half.
- Vardar product Fatai Alashe sealed the deal for the USA with a set piece goal in the 86th minute.