The journey from the U.S. Soccer Development Academy to the National Team was once again on display on Sunday when U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann called up six Development Academy alumni to be a part of the roster for the USA ahead of Wednesday’s match against Mexico, presented by AT&T in San Antonio, Texas.
Bill Hamid (D.C. United Academy), DeAndre Yedlin (Crossfire Premier & Seattle Sounders Academy), Joe Corona (Nomads SC), Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls Academy), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders Academy) and Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy Academy) will all have an opportunity to represent the U.S. in front of a sold-out crowd during one of world soccer’s most heated rivalries on April 15.
Apart from the MNT, Academy Alumni shone bright in yet another successful weekend in MLS and abroad.
Andromeda FC alum Dillon Powers scored and assisted in Colorado’s 4-0 victory over FC Dallas. His performance earned him a spot in this week’s MLS Team of the Week. Rapids Academy product Dillon Serna also put his name on the score sheet with a wonder strike from outside the box to help Colorado hand FC Dallas only its second loss of the season.
Continental FC Delco alum Zach Pfeffer scored his first goal of the 2015 MLS campaign in Philadelphia Union’s 2-1 victory over New York City Football Club on Saturday. Pfeffer was also recently called up to the U-23 MNT that competed and trained in Bosnia this past March.
Real Colorado product Taylor Kemp assisted Perry Kitchen’s opening goal for D.C. United in the team’s 2-2 draw against New York Red Bulls, helping the team stay atop Eastern Conference standings and ahead of the Red Bulls.
Lonestar SC and Texas Rush alum Kekuta Manneh assisted Vancouver’s game-tying goal in the 2-2 draw against Crew SC.
Junior Flores (McLean Youth Soccer Academy) started and scored for Borussia Dortmund’s U-19’s.
DeAndre Yedlin (Crossfire Premier & Seattle Sounders Academy) debuted for Tottenham Hotspur in the 79th minute of their 1-0 loss to Aston Villa on Saturday.
Aron Johannsson (IMG Academy) started and assisted for AZ Alkmaar in 5-2 loss to Heerenveen.