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Jul 22, 2019

Tigers in the Pros: July 15 – 21

The Tigers’ presence was heavily felt around the nation this past week as 11 former #ClemsonUnited players saw professional action.

Major League Soccer (MLS)

Tommy McNamara (’13) was in action twice this week, first against Atlanta United where he played 45 minutes and contributed one shot on goal. On Saturday, McNamara lead his team to a commanding victory by scoring a beautiful goal in the fourth minute of the game and then contributing an assist on the Dynamo’s third goal.

Andrew Tarbell (’15) got the nod in goal as the San Jose Earthquakes played a mid-week friendly against Spanish side, Real Valladolid. Tarbell recorded a masterful save in a one-on-one battle with an opposing attacker in the 86thminute to preserve a 1-1 draw for his side.

Joe Bendik (’09) was a part of the mid-week action against former #ClemsonUnited member Diego Campos (‘17) as the Columbus Crew and Chicago Fire squared off. While the Fire were victorious, Bendik got the start and played the entire match in goal for the Crew. Campos was a part of the 18-man roster in the mid-week contest, but saw 20 minutes of action on Saturday, recording one shot and two corners during his time in play.

After the mid-week match, Bendik was a part of a trade and has become a member of the Philadelphia Union!

United Soccer League (USL)

Amadou Dia (‘14) and his Phoenix Rising FC team continued an incredible string of play by extending their win streak to 11 games by delivering a 6-0 victory on Friday evening.

Phanuel Kavita (‘14) kept his streak of starting every match this season alive by being named to the starting squad for his Saint Louis FC as they squared off against the Tampa Bay Rowdies on Saturday night. Kavita played the full match as his side fell short in the contest.

Kyle Fisher (‘15) and Jack Metcalf (‘13) met Saturday night for a match between their squads, with Metcalf wearing the captain’s armband. Both players logged 90 minutes on the field, but Fisher’s Birmingham Legion FC squad came away victorious with a commanding 4-0 victory.

Kyle Murphy (‘15) wore the captain’s armband for Loudon United FC in both contests this week, starting as the center forward in each game. Murphy record two shots, one on goal, in the weekend contest.

Cody Mizell (‘12) was rested on Friday night as New Mexico United played in a mid-season friendly against European side, Cardiff City FC. After the match, it was announced that Mizell was awarded the club’s “Save of the Week” award for a spectacular effort in his side’s match against Fresno Football club.

Patrick Bunk-Andersen (‘18) earned a start along the backline for Toronto FC II’s match on Friday. While the team conceded three goals early in the match, Bunk-Andersen was a part of a valiant comeback by his side as the game ended tied, 3-3. Bunk-Andersen scored his fifth goal of the season off a beautiful header 12-yards out from goal.

Paul Clowes(‘15) earned 53 minutes for his side in their weekend contest against FC Tuscon.


Leagues Cup

Tuesday, July 23

Cruz Azul v. Chicago Fire, 8:30 PM on ESPN+, TUDN, TSN GO

Wednesday, July 24

Club America v. Houston Dynamo. 8:30 PM on ESPN+, TUDN, TSN GO



Saturday, July 27

D.C. United v. Chicago Fire, 8:00 PM on MLS LIVE on ESPN+, MLS LIVE on DAZN, FloFC (DC region only).

Seattle Sounders FC v. Houston Dynamo, 8:00 PM on MLS LIVE on ESPN+, MLS LIVE on DAZN, KUBE 57, JOEtv, YouTube TV (Seattle region only).

Philadelphia Union v. Montreal Impact, 8:00 PM on TVAS, MLS LIVE on ESPN+, PHL 17

Colorado Rapids v. San Jose Earthquakes, 10:00 PM on MLS LIVE on ESPN+, MLS LIVE on DAZN, Altitude, NBC Sports California Plus.



Wednesday, July 24

Atlanta United 2 v. Charlotte Independence, 7:30 PM

Sacramento Republic FC v. New Mexico United, 11:00 PM

Saturday, July 27

North Carolina FC v. Atlanta United 2, 7:00 PM

Birmingham Legion FC v. Charlotte Independence, 8:00 PM

Saint Louis FC v. Bethlehem Steel FC, 8:30 PM

Tulsa Roughnecks FC v. Phoenix Rising FC, 8:30 PM

Sunday, July 28

Loudon United FC v. Louisville City FC, 7:30 PM