Darwin Jones hat trick leads Washington to win over Sounders


darwinjonesJunior forward Darwin Jones scored a hat trick and assisted on a fourth goal to lead Washington over the Seattle Sounders in a friendly Sunday night.

Jones, who had seven goals and four assists for the Dawgs in the fall, picked an ideal time to showcase his skills against the Major League Soccer club he’s eligible to sign with as a homegrown player. He has reportedly already spurned one offer from the club.

Washington won the game 4-3 over a reserve side for the big club, which opened its season a day earlier with a 1-0 stoppage goal win over Sporting Kansas City. You can see highlights of the game HERE. It was their fourth game of an 11-game spring slate for a team that came one win away from the school’s first College Cup appearance in December.

The Dawgs weren’t the only college squad that got the better of a professional opponent over the past week. Virginia kicked off their spring slate with a 2-0 win over USL PRO squad Pittsburgh Riverhounds in Pittsburgh on Saturday. Syracuse and USL PRO side Rochester settled for a 0-0 draw in Rochester on Friday. UCLA beat Chivas USA 2-1 in a friendly on Monday.

Maryland, meanwhile, opened their spring season with a 1-0 win over the Richmond Kickers on March 1. The Terps have dates with developmental squads from Manchester United, Tottenham and Crystal Palace on their schedule next as part of a spring break trip to England. Bucknell made the trip over the pond on Friday for a spring break trip that includes matches against Derby County FC’s U20 squad and the Bolton Wanderers FC U21s.

Additional MLS versus college team friendlies are scheduled for this week, including a Columbus Crew vs. Notre Dame match on March 12 and an LA Galaxy friendly with UCLA on Wednesday.

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