The U.S. Soccer Development Academy reached two milestones last week in the U.S. Men’s National Team matchup against archrival Mexico on April 15 in San Antonio, Texas. For the very first time since the Development Academy was established back in 2007, four of its alumni (Joe Corona (Nomads SC), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounder Academy), DeAndre Yedlin (Crossfire Premier and Seattle Sounders Academy), and Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy Academy) were all part of the starting lineup for the senior team. Later, Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls Academy) entered the match in the 65th minute coming on for Stanford University sophomore Morris.
In addition, this was also the first time two Development Academy alumni scored in the same game at the senior level. Morris and Agudelo were the heroes of the infamous Dos a Cero score line that gave the United States another victory over its CONCACAF foe. They both tallied for the USA in the second half to make it the eighth time since the year 2000 that the U.S. defeated Mexico by the 2-0 margin. USA-Mexico Highlights.
Furthermore, Internationals product Darlington Nagbe earned spot in MLS Team of the Week after helping the Portland Timbers to an important victory over New York City FC. Despite not scoring, he played a big role in the eventual game-winning goal for the Timbers and was a strong presence throughout the match.
Lonestar SC alum Khiry Shelton was credited with his first MLS assist in New York City FC’s 1-1 draw against Philadelphia on Thursday.
U-20 U.S. MNT defender and New York Red Bull Academy product Matt Miazga earned his 4th consecutive MLS start for the Red Bulls senior team in its 2-0 victory over San Jose Earthquakes. This was the second time the Red Bulls defense has shutout an opponent with Miazga playing the full 90 minutes. Miazga is currently in Austria with the U-20’s and was part of Tab Ramos’ starting lineup for the team’s friendly against Qatar on April 21. Also of note, Sean Davis earned his MLS debut in the 86th minute of that match.
FC Dallas Academy product Moises Hernandez was an important asset during the 3-2 victory over Toronto FC providing the assist to Fabian Castillo’s first goal of the evening, which came 29 seconds into the game.
Andromeda FC alum Dillon Powers assisted on Colorado Rapids’ only goal of the match against Seattle Sounders. Powers now has one goal and two assists in the past two matches for the Rapids.
New England Revolution Academy product Diego Fagundez provided Teal Bunbury with the assist that resulted in the game-winning goal for the Revolution against the Philadelphia Union in the 76th minute for a 2-1 final score line in favor of the Revs. The clutch assist was Fagundez’s first of the 2015 MLS campaign.
PA Classics alum Christian Pulisic scored two goals and recorded an assist for Borussia Dortmund’s U-17’s this past weekend. This marked his 4th goal in two games for the German side (SEE GOALS).
IMG Academy alum and recent U.S. MNT call-up Aron Johannsson assisted in AZ Alkmaar’s 3-1 win over ADO Den Haag on Saturday.
Nomads SC alum and recent U.S. MNT call-up Joe Corona assisted in Club Tijuana’s lone goal during the team’s 1-1 draw against Chivas de Guadalajara.