With seasons heating up in professional soccer leagues across the country, this week is a busy one for a handful of former Tigers in Major League Soccer.
On Saturday the 28th, Amadou Dia and Sporting Kansas City travel to New York to play Thomas McNamara and New York City FC at Yankee Stadium. Sporting KC has played three matches this season, Dia has seen action in two of them. McNamara, who graduated after one season with Clemson in 2013, led the Tigers in goals that season and was named first team All-ACC.
Also on Saturday, Manolo Sanchez and Dane Richards, members of the New York Red Bulls this season, face the Columbus Crew.
On Sunday the 29th, former Clemson captain Phanuel Kavita and Real Salt Lake play Joe Bendik and Toronto FC. That match will be broadcast nationally on FOX Sports 1 for those interested in tuning in. Bendik has saved 11 shots in two starts this season for the Reds.
Home of @phanuel313… “@RealSaltLake: Good morning, beautiful pic.twitter.com/WjckpBQT2c” — Clemson Men’s Soccer (@ClemsonMSoccer) March 18, 2015
Home of @phanuel313… “@RealSaltLake: Good morning, beautiful pic.twitter.com/WjckpBQT2c”
— Clemson Men’s Soccer (@ClemsonMSoccer) March 18, 2015
Chris Glodack and the Tampa Bay Rowdies of the North American Soccer League begin their season tomorrow with a friendly against FC Edmonton. Glodack signed a contract with Tampa Bay after working out at an invite-only combine hosted by the team.
Former Tiger Nathan Sturgis scored a goal for Major League Soccer’s Houston Dynamo this past weekend. Video of the goal in linked below.
Watch Nathan Sturgis score his first goal for the Dynamo to tie up the match in LA: http://t.co/FBGRmRFOzU — Houston Dynamo (@HoustonDynamo) March 22, 2015
Watch Nathan Sturgis score his first goal for the Dynamo to tie up the match in LA: http://t.co/FBGRmRFOzU
— Houston Dynamo (@HoustonDynamo) March 22, 2015
In non-pro related news, Clemson’s men’s soccer program will host it’s annual spring alumni weekend this weekend. The weekend is highlighted by a golf tournament Friday afternoon, a banquet celebrating the 2014 season and ACC Tournament Championship and past alumni Saturday evening, and Clemson’s second spring game, a match-up with the Atlanta Silverbacks on Saturday at 1 p.m. The game will be played at Historic Riggs Field and admission is free.
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