Photo: Earl Gardner
It might seem odd for two Philly guys to be happy about playing for a soccer team in Charleston, S.C., but if there’s anything Ryan Richter and Tony Donatelli should keep in mind, it’s recent history.
Richter, a LaSalle alum who played for Philadelphia Union last season, and Donatelli, a Temple grad who moves from minor league Rochester, both signed with the Charleston Battery of the USL last week. Richter had been in camp with D.C. United but didn’t stick.
The recent track record of Charleston players moving to MLS is pretty good. Charleston’s relationship with the Seattle Sounders led to Osvaldo Alonso and Lamar Neagle moving to Seattle. Alsonso is now one of the league’s best holding midfielders, while Neagle’s breakthrough season last year with Seattle led to a trade to Montreal. Just last month, midfielder Alex Caskey transferred to Seattle, who had drafted him the year before.
Other Philly products had a mixed bag of a week. Former Chestnut Hill Academy teammates Jeff Larentowicz and Dan Gargan were supposed to face off Sunday in the Colorado-Chicago match, but Gargan missed the game due to injury. Elsewhere, less than three months after his first international cap, Jeff Parke is fighting to regain his starting center back spot for Seattle.
Here’s a roundup of how other Philadelphians playing professionally around the world fared over the last week.
Major League Soccer
Bobby Convey, M, Kansas City — Started and played 73 minutes in Kansas City’s 1-0 win over Chivas USA. Season: 4 games, 4 starts
Jeff Parke, D, Seattle — Came off the bench to play 45 minutes in San Jose’s 1-0 loss to Seattle. Season: 1 game
Jeff Larentowicz, M, Colorado — Started and played 90 minutes in a 2-0 win over Chicago. Season: 3 games, 3 starts
Zarek Valentin, D, Montreal — Started and played 65 minutes in Montreal’s 5-2 loss to New York. Season: 1 game
Andrew Wenger, M, Montreal — Came off the bench to replace Valentin and played 25 minutes. Season: 2 games
Dan Gargan, D, Chicago — Missed Chicago’s game against Colorado due to a sprained toe. Season: 2 games, 2 starts
Chris Albright, D, Philadelphia — In the 18 but did not play against Vancouver. Season: 2 games, 2 starts
Cristhian Hernandez, M, Philadelphia — Did not play. Season: 1 game
Bill Gaudette, GK, Los Angeles — In the 18 but did not play against New England. Season: 0 games
Corey Hertzog, F, New York —Did not play. Season: 0 games
Antoine Hoppenot, M/F, Philadelphia — Did not play. Season: 0 games
Jimmy McLaughlin, M, Philadelphia — Did not play. Season: 0 games
Zach Pfeffer, M, Philadelphia — Is training with the US Men’s National Team U-18s in Carson, Cal. Season: 0 games
Jeremy Vuolo, GK, New York — In the 18 against Montreal but did not play. Season: 0 games
Jeremiah White, M, New England —In the 18 but did not play against Los Angeles. Season: 1 game
Eddie Gustafsson, GK, Red Bull Salzburg – In the 18 but did not play against Vienna. Season: 15 games. (More complete stats are not available via the Bundesliga and Red Bull web sites.)