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SIMA Alumni in the Pros: September

By Lucas Marchetti, 10/03/22, 8:15PM EDT


Benji Michel helped Orlando City obtain the US Open Cup

Benji Michel had himself a historic month in September

Benji Michel helped Orlando City obtain their first ever Major trophy with a goal and an assist.

Faris Moumbagna is enjoying his great form this season for Kristiansund BK as he bags three goals in the month of September.

Albert Dikwa continues his run in good form as he contributes two goals and one assist this past month for the Riverhounds

Mbacke Fall has been described as a "wall" in the back for Villarreal CF B in his first four games played.

SIMA Alumni Performances

Another month has come and gone for our former Eagles at the professional level. From goals to assists to even championships here are our top performing Alumni at the next level. 

Benji Michel had a month to write down in the books as he helped the Orlando City Lions capture their first major trophy. Michel came on with 30 minutes left in the final of the US Open Cup vs Sacramento Republic and completely changed the game. Sacramento did a great job at keeping the Lions deadlock until the 75th minute  Michel then high-pressed the two Sacramento center-backs forcing the dangerous give-away to his teammate who then found Michel again at the top of the box. Michel then set up his teammate with a delicate touch that ended with a laser to the Sacramento goalkeeper's top right corner putting Orlando City up 1-0. In an instant fleury, Orlando continued to push forward with Michel leading the charge and getting in behind the Sacramento backline. As soon as Michel passed the keeper in speed, the Sacramento defender only had one option to stop Michel: Penalty for Orlando City. Orlando City then went up 2-0 from the spot. Finally, Michel couldn't end his great performance without a goal of his own. He broke free and bolted down the right side of the 18-yard box and tucked the 3-0 final result to the keepers bottom right corner. An amazing way to cap off an amazing performance. 

Faris Moumbagna was the marksman for Eliteserien (Norway 1st Division) side Kristiansund BK. Moumbagna opened the scoring for Kristiansund BK from the penalty spot in their 3-1 win against Sandefjor. Moumbagna was then able to show his attacking prowess by tucking away a sliding finish just inside the box after a beautiful delivery from his teammate to put Kristiansund BK up 2-1. Kristiansund BK would go on to win 3-2. He also converted from the spot in Kristiansund Bk's 4-1 loss vs Strømsgodset. Moumbagna now has 6 goal contributions in 9 matches for Kristiansund BK this season. 

Albert Dikwa keeps on adding to his ever growing goal tally. Dikwa was able to help open the scoring for the Pittsburgh Riverhounds in their 2-1 loss to Birmingham Legion FC after a stunning right footed finish just inside the 18-yard box to the keepers top left corner. Dikwa again proved to show his early scoring abilities in the Riverhounds 1-1 draw against Orange County Strikers as he opened the scoring once again after rounding the keeper for the easy finish. Dikwa was also able to contribute an assist for teammate Edward Kizza in his team's 2-1 loss to Loudon United. Dikwa is now on 15 goal contributions in 31 matches. 

Philip Mayaka (Colorado Rapids II), Moises Tablante (Orlando City B), Bruno Lapa (Birmingham Legion FC), and Monday Etim (FC Roskilde) all contributed a goal this month for their respective teams. 

Deybi Flores (Panetolikos) was able to contribute an assist in his team's 1-1 tie vs Atromitos Athen in Greek Super League action. 

Mbacke Fall since joining Spanish giant Villarreal CF from LAFC has played all 360 minutes of football in the month of September for their affiliate team in LaLiga2, Villarreal CF B

Another very productive month for our boys at the next level! We cannot wait to see what October has in store!

Didn't see your favorite alumni? Check the table below for everyone's stats from the month of September!

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SIMA Alumni Performances for September

First_name Last_name Date Team Opponent Result Goals Assists Minutes_played
Benji Michel 9/8/22 Orlando Sacramento FC 3:0 1 1 29'
Albert Dikwa 9/15/22 Pittsburgh Legion FC 01:02:00 1 90'
Albert Dikwa 9/25/22 Pittsburgh Orange County 1:1 1 90'
Philip Mayaka 9/12/22 Colorado 2 Houston 2 1:0 1 90'
Faris Moumbagna 9/4/22 Kristiansund Sandefjord  (13.) 3:1 1 90'
Faris Moumbagna 9/11/22 Kristiansund Vålerenga  (5.) 3:2 1 90'
Faris Moumbagna 9/18/22 Kristiansund Strømsgodset  (9.) 01:04:00 1 90'
Moises Tablante 9/18/22 Orlando City B Toronto FC II 1:2 1 90'
Bruno Lapa 9/4/22 Legion FC Miami FC 1:1 1 85'
Monday Etim 9/3/22 FC Roskilde Aarhus Fremad  (3.) 4:6 1 79'
Edward Kizza 9/5/22 Pittsburgh Loudoun United 1:2 1 28'
Deybi Flores 9/4/22 Panetolikos Atromitos Athen  (7.) 1:1 1 90'
Albert Dikwa 9/5/22 Pittsburgh Loudoun United 1:2 1 86'
Thomas Amang 9/4/22 San Diego Loyal Monterey Bay 3:1 90'
Diego Campos 9/10/22 Degerfors Mjällby AIF  (8.) 0:0 90'
Albert Dikwa 9/11/22 Pittsburgh Louisville City 0:0 90'
Monday Etim 9/17/22 FC Roskilde Brabrand IF  (9.) 1:1 90'
Monday Etim 9/23/22 FC Roskilde Hellerup IK  (11.) 1:2 90'
Deybi Flores 9/24/22 Panetolikos Argentina 3:0 90'
Justin Malou 9/12/22 Columbus 2 Inter Miami II 6:7 on pens 90'
Justin Malou 9/18/22 Columbus 2 Cincinnati 2 9:0 90'
Philip Mayaka 9/6/22 Colorado 2 Kansas City II 5:0 90'
Mamadou Mbacke 9/3/22 Villarreal CF B CD Mirandés  (19.) 3:0 90'
Mamadou Mbacke 9/10/22 Villarreal CF B Levante  (12.) 4:1 90'
Mamadou Mbacke 9/17/22 Villarreal CF B CD Lugo  (12.) 3:1 90'
Mamadou Mbacke 9/24/22 Villarreal CF B Málaga CF  (21.) 1:1 90'
Benji Michel 9/11/22 Orlando Philadelphia 5:1 90'
Hassan Ndam 9/22/22 NY Red Bulls II Detroit City 0:0 90'
Michee Ngalina 9/4/22 Switchbacks FC Phoenix Rising 1:0 90'
Michee Ngalina 9/11/22 Switchbacks FC Detroit City 1:2 90'
Michee Ngalina 9/18/22 Switchbacks FC RGV FC Toros 1:0 90'
Michee Ngalina 9/21/22 Switchbacks FC San Antonio FC 1:0 90'
Michee Ngalina 9/25/22 Switchbacks FC Oakland Roots 1:1 90'
Moises Tablante 9/2/22 Orlando City B Revolution II 2:0 90'
Mohamed Traore 9/18/22 Las Vegas Hartford 3:0 90'
Mohamed Traore 9/25/22 Las Vegas San Diego Loyal 1:2 90'
Justin Malou 9/4/22 Columbus 2 Chicago II 3:1 84'
Diego Campos 9/4/22 Degerfors Häcken  (1.) 2:2 78'
Philip Mayaka 9/19/22 Colorado 2 Real Monarchs 2:1 74'
Thomas Amang 9/11/22 San Diego Loyal San Antonio FC 1:0 70'
Deybi Flores 9/27/22 Panetolikos Guatemala 2:1 64'
Justin Malou 9/24/22 Columbus 2 Rochester NY  (8.) 4:1 63'
Diego Campos 9/18/22 Degerfors AIK  (4.) 1:1 62'
Andre Shinyashiki 9/18/22 Charlotte Chicago 2:3 61'
Mohamed Traore 9/28/22 Las Vegas Monterey Bay 4:0 60'
Bruno Lapa 9/24/22 Legion FC TB Rowdies 1:1 59'
Bruno Lapa 9/11/22 Legion FC Indy Eleven 4:3 57'
Moises Tablante 9/11/22 Orlando City B Union II 6:1 45'
Bruno Lapa 9/15/22 Legion FC Pittsburgh 2:1 35'
Thomas Amang 9/25/22 San Diego Loyal Las Vegas 1:2 32'
Benji Michel 9/15/22 Orlando Atlanta 0:1 32'
Albert Dikwa 9/1/22 Pittsburgh Charleston 0:0 30'
Benji Michel 9/1/22 Orlando Seattle 3:2 26'
Andre Shinyashiki 9/4/22 Charlotte Cincinnati 2:0 22'
Edward Kizza 9/15/22 Pittsburgh Legion FC 2:1 21'
Benji Michel 9/18/22 Orlando Toronto 4:0 19'
Deybi Flores 9/17/22 Panetolikos AEK Athens  (7.) 0:2 16'
Edward Kizza 9/11/22 Pittsburgh Louisville City 0:0 16'
Thomas Amang 9/18/22 San Diego Loyal Phoenix Rising 3:0 11'
Abdoulaye Diop 9/25/22 Detroit City Tulsa 2:2 11'
Andre Shinyashiki 9/10/22 Charlotte New York City 1:0 11'
Deybi Flores 9/10/22 Panetolikos OFI Crete FC  (10.) 1:2 10'