Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Sporting Kansas City’s Kei Kamara had a late game-winner to help his side maintain its undefeated start, continuing his hot start to the season and leading the USL alumni who made an impact in Major League Soccer this past weekend.
Kamara, who was named to the PDL’s All-Western Conference Team in 2005 after scoring 12 goals in 14 games, atoned for his earlier penalty miss as he swooped in at the near post to give SKC a 2-1 victory against FC Dallas on Sunday evening. Kamara now has two goals and an assist in his first three games of the season, and was named to the MLS Team of the Week for his efforts.
Joining Kamara on the Team of the Week was former Michigan Bucks and Chicago Fire Premier standout Rauwshaun McKenzie, who helped CD Chivas USA come away with a 1-0 road victory against Real Salt Lake on Saturday for their first points of the season. The victory was likely a special one for McKenzie, who played for RSL for the past two seasons. McKenzie was joined by teammate Dan Kennedy on the team, himself a former teammate of Kamara at Orange County, after the goalkeeper made three saves to earn the shutout.
Former Charleston Battery standout Osvaldo Alonso was also selected to the Team of the Week after putting in a typically strong performance in the Seattle Sounders’ 2-0 victory against the Houston Dynamo on Friday night. The holding midfielder won five of the six tackles he contested, while also making four interceptions, as he broke up numerous Dynamo attacks before they could result in danger.
Another pair of former USL standoust were also named to the team with Shalrie Joseph being selected after leading a strong defensive performance by the New England Revolution in their 1-0 win against the Portland Timbers, and former Carolina Dynamo man Sam Cronin being honored after his pair of assists helped the San Jose Earthquakes defeat Toronto FC 3-0.
Elsewhere, former PDL Goalkeeper of the Year Ryan Meara, formerly of the Jersey Express, earned his first professional victory as the New York Red Bulls took a 4-1 victory against the Colorado Rapids, while former Reading United and Chicago Fire Premier midfielder Kirk Urso scored his first professional goal as the Columbus Crew took a 2-0 win against the Montreal Impact.