WASHINGTON, D.C. – Former Belmont men's soccer standout J.P. Rodrigues participated in his first Major League Soccer match on Saturday. Rodrigues was called in on loan for D.C. United's contest against the San Jose Earthquakes.
Rodrigues, who played the 2010 season with Miami FC of the United States Soccer Federation Division II, played on defense as United fell to the Earthquakes 2-0. D.C. United is now 6-19-3 on the season with 21 points, while San Jose improved to 12-8-7 with 43 points.
Rodrigues is in Washington as a guest player with the Black-and-Red. His first day with the club came on Wednesday, where the Miami FC player took part in a full-sided match. On Thursday the players took part in a weight room session in preparation for Saturday's contest. Rodrigues is 26 years old and has been capped nine times by Guyana at the international level.
One of the all-time great Bruin players, Rodrigues was a two-time NSCAA/adidas All-South Region Team honoree (2004, 2005) and the 2005 Atlantic Sun Conference Defender of the Year.