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You’ve all read the weekly Americans Abroad roundups on various sites, ranging from Sports Illustrated and Yanks Abroad to MLSSoccer.com.
Well, PSP is now going to start doing the same with players from the Philadelphia area.
Of course, what’s a Philadelphian? Does the player have to hail from the city itself? For our purposes, we’ll follow anyone with established ties to the region that generally roots for Philadelphia teams. So from Trenton, Cape May and Wilmington in the east, to Allentown, Harrisburg and Lancaster County out west, that’s our area. If the player grew up in that area or spent four years playing at one of our colleges, then that’s enough time to earn local street cred in PSP’s eyes.
As we follow these players, please feel free to let us know of any we missed. Early on, there are bound to be some, so just give a shout in the comments or via email, and we’ll add them for the following week.
Anyway, with the first weekend of the 2012 MLS season in the books, here’s our first roundup of Philadelphians abroad.
Chris Albright — Was not in the 18 in Philadelphia’s 3-1 loss to Portland.
Christian Barreiro — Has been on trial with Harrisburg City Islanders since being released by New York in February.
Bobby Convey — Started at left wing and played 85 minutes for Kansas City in a 1-0 win over D.C. United.
Dan Gargan — Chicago did not play this weekend.
Bill Gaudette — Not in the 18 for the LA Galaxy’s 3-1 loss to Real Salt Lake.
Cristhian Hernandez — Was in the 18 but did not play in Philadelphia’s 3-1 loss to Portland.
Corey Hertzog — Was not in the 18 in New York’s 2-1 loss to Dallas.
Antoine Hoppenot — Was not in the 18 in Philadelphia’s 3-1 loss to Portland.
Jeff Larentowicz — Started at center midfield for Colorado and played 90 minutes in a 2-0 win over Columbus.
Jimmy McLaughlin — Was not in the 18 in Philadelphia’s 3-1 loss to Portland.
Jeff Parke — Started at center back for Seattle and went the full 90 in the club’s 2-1 win in Champions League play over Santos Laguna.
Zach Pfeffer — Was not in the 18 in Philadelphia’s 3-1 loss to Portland.
Zarek Valentin — In the 18 but did not play in Montreal’s 2-0 loss to Vancouver.
Jeremy Vuolo — In the 18 but did not play in New York’s 2-1 loss to Dallas.
Andrew Wenger — Came in as a sub and played 18 minutes in Montreal’s 2-0 loss to Vancouver.
Jeremiah White — Signed with New England on Friday. Was not in the 18 on Saturday in New England’s 1-0 loss to San Jose.