Academy Alumni: Hamid Continues Solid Performance in the Net for D.C. United: The D.C. United Academy product recorded his third shutout of the season against Orlando City SC last Friday, putting him well on track to match the 10 shutouts he earned in his 2014 MLS campaign. Despite United being outshot 17-11 during the game against Orlando, Hamid stayed strong in the net, recording five saves to up his season total to 17. His efforts were rewarded in stoppage time, when teammate Luis Silva notched the game-winning goal to get the 1-0 victory as United improved to 3-1-1 this year. Hamid earned MLS Team of the Week honors for his shutout performance.
Academy Coaching Spotlight: Inspiring the Next Generation: PA Classics Director of Coaching Steve Klein spoke with ussoccer.com about how he uses his Youth National Team coaching experience and the success of its alumni to inspire the next generation of Academy players.
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ACADEMY QUICK HITS (April 4):
- Central Conference: Alexander Lasinski led Crew SC Wolves U-17/18s to victory this past Saturday after scoring a brace in his team’s 3-0 win over Internationals. The team’s lead scorer tallied first in the 39th minute. His score was quickly followed by teammate Zachary Griffiths’ second goal of the season two minutes later. Lasinski once again found the net in the 76th minute to seal Crew SC’s victory.
- East Conference: Oakwood Soccer Club U-17/18s notched a huge win over the weekend, defeating Albertson SC 4-2. DeAndre Brown, who leads the team with 13 goals this season, began the attack for Oakwood, giving his team a goal in the 28th minute of the match after Albertson had already tallied twice in the first half. Following an own goal that tied things up for Oakwood in the 68th minute, Brendan Hill scored the game-winning goal in the 78th, as Brown tallied one more in the closing minutes of the game to secure the four-goal finish for his team. The victory was a particularly important win for Oakwood as they’re holding onto the last playoffs pool spot and still remain in playoffs contention.
Kevin Herrera found the back of the net in the 74th minute to help Seacoast United U-17/18s come out victorious on Saturday against the New England Revolution in Foxborough. It was Herrera’s first goal of the season and a crucial one as Seacoast, who currently sits four positions away from breaking into the wildcard pool, continues its push for postseason play.
Four New Clubs Added for 2015-16 Season: Three east coast-based clubs and one west coast club will be joining the U.S. Soccer Development Academy to open the 2015-16 season. Baltimore Armour from Maryland and Sacramento Republic from California will field teams at all age groups, which include U-13/14s, U-15/16s and U-17/18s, to become full members beginning this fall. In addition, Florida-based club Boca United, who currently fields a team in the Academy at the U-13/14 age group, will play the 2015-16 Academy season at all three age groups adding teams at the U-15/16 and U-17/18 levels. New York City FC will be joining the U-13/14 age group at the beginning of next season and become part of the Academy for the first time.
- AmericanSoccerNow.com: Emerson Hyndman Returns To Action, Eyes World Cup
- D.C. United: Hamid Key in United Victory Over Orlando City
- D.C. United: Academy Players Train with First Team Over Spring Break
- mlssoccer.com: The American Blanco? After hot start, Chicago Fire's Harry Shipp drawing comparisons to Mexican legend
- mlssoccer.com: Juan Agudelo, Bill Hamid, and Kekuta Manneh earn Team of the Week Honors
- NASL: U.S. Youth International Haji Wright is Ready to Learn from Raul and Marcos Senna
- New England Revolution: Worth the Wait: Agudelo’s Clever Opener Helps Revs Extend Unbeaten Run to Three
- New York Red Bulls: U-16's Edge Independiente Medellin in Overtime for GA Cup Title
- topdrawersoccer.com: Haji Wright finds his place with the Cosmos