Philadelphia Union midfielder and FC DELCO alum Zach Pfeffer scored his first Major League Soccer goal during the Union’s finale on Sunday in a 2-1 loss to the Columbus Crew. The 19-year-old Pfeffer tallied an equalizer in the 85th minute off of a pass from Amobi Okugo.
Pfeffer made five appearances, one start and logged 98 minutes this season after spending 2013 on loan at Hoffenheim. Pfeffer is the U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team’s leading goal scorer this year with three tallies in international competition.
In that Crew-Union game, Crew Soccer Academy alum Wil Trapp recorded his second assist of the season, helping set up Jairo Arrieta’s 13th-minute goal.
Portland Timbers midfielder and Internationals alum Darlington Nagbe tallied his first goal of the 2014 MLS season to lead the Timbers to a 2-0 victory against FC Dallas on Saturday. Nagbe’s 43rd-minute strike turned out to be the game-winner. Though Nagbe did not replicate the nine-goal outburst he had a year ago, he had an active 2014 campaign with seven assists, which ranked second on the Timbers.
In CONCACAF Champions League play last week, D.C. United homegrown Conor Shanosky tallied his first professional goal in the 24th minute during D.C. United’s 1-0 victory against Tauro last Tuesday in Panama City. New York Red Bulls homegrown Connor Lade did the same for his side as the Red Bulls rallied for a 1-1 draw against the Montreal Impact on Wednesday. Lade’s equalizer came in the 85th minute.
D.C. United Academy alum Andy Najar scored his first UEFA Champions League goal during Anderlecht’s 2-1 loss to Arsenal last Wednesday. Najar also becomes the first Development Academy alum to tally in the Champions League.