(September 24, 2018) – This week, FC Tucson alumni were successful all over the country. Both those based in Colorado had an exceptionally good week.
Defender James McGhee and goalkeeper Briley Guarneri helped Colorado Mesa University win both of their games this past week.
Guarneri picked up a pair of clean sheets, making one save in a 6-0 win against Colorado Christian on Thursday, and three saves in a 1-0 win over Metro State on Sunday. McGhee started both games, as well, and scored his third goal of the season on Thursday against Colorado Christian. His three goals are the most McGhee has scored in a single season in his collegiate career.
At the professional level in Colorado, forward Saeed Robinson is continuing his goal scoring streak. On Saturday, against Phoenix Rising FC, Robinson scored the only goal for Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC in a 2-1 loss. It was his third goal in his last four games. Click here to see Robinson’s goal.
One FC Tucson alum appeared in an MLS game this week. Defender Aaron Long started and played all 90 minutes for New York Red Bulls and helped lead the team to a 2-0 win over Toronto FC on Saturday. In USL action, defender Justin Bilyeu started a pair of games this week for Swope Park Rangers. Bilyeu and Swope Park won 2-0 against San Antonio FC on Wednesday and played to a 1-1 draw against Tulsa Roughnecks FC on Saturday.
At Maryville University in St. Louis, Missouri, two FC Tucson alumni played roles in the Maryville Saints winning both of their games this week. Gavino Carranza started both games, playing a combined 171 minutes in the two matches, assisting on the opening goal of Sunday’s 4-0 win over William Jewell. Muhammed Sanyang started and played 22 minutes in a 2-1 win over Drury University on Friday, and then appeared as a sub in Sunday’s win.
Elsewhere collegiately, University of New Mexico forward Erik Virgen started and played 79 minutes in a 2-0 win at Florida Atlantic. Forward Adeola Oke, now at Georgia Gwinnett College, came on as a substitute and played 47 minutes in a 3-0 loss to University of Mobile on Saturday.
At Cal State Fullerton, Jose Ortiz Teran appeared as a sub in a 1-1 draw against Florida Gulf Coast University on Wednesday.