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Philadelphians Abroad: Locals vie for USL Championship

Photo: Courtesy of USL PRO

It was a relatively quiet week for Philadelphia area soccer players. We did see another goal for the Wilmington Hammerheads from Corey Hertzog, and assists from two regional players who have eluded the tally sheet so far this year, Jeff Parke of Seattle and Tom Brandt of Harrisburg.

More important perhaps than any individual accomplishments of the locals this week is the collective success of area players within the USL. With the USL Pro League’s regular season coming to an end, the Harrisburg City Islanders’ Sunday win over the Los Angeles Blues would clinch the league’s final playoff spot for the team and ensure that all five teams featuring area players would make it into that league’s playoffs.

On Saturday, August 25, Hertzog and the Wilmington Hammerheads face off against Jason Yeisley and Ryan Heins of the Kickers in Richmond, while Jimmy McLaughlin, J.T. Noone, Tom Brandt, and Morgan Langley of the Harrisburg City Islanders square off against Tony Donatelli and Ryan Righter of the Charleston Battery at Blackbaud Stadium. Waiting to take on one of these teams in the next round are Tyler Bellamy, Drew Cost, and the rest of the Rochester Rhinos, as well as league leading Orlando City S.C.

With such great representation throughout the playoff teams, we are guaranteed to see at least one local lad vying for the USL Championship.

Major League Soccer

Antoine Hoppenot, M/F, Philadelphia — Played 33 minutes in Sunday’s 1-1 draw with D.C.. Season: 13 games, 1 start, 2 goals for Philadelphia. 4 games, 1 goal for Harrisburg.

Cristhian Hernandez, M, Philadelphia —  Did not play. Season: 2 games.

Chris Albright, D, Philadelphia — In the 18, but did not play. Season: 4 games, 2 starts.

Zach Pfeffer, M, Philadelphia — Did not play. Season: 0 games.

Stephen King, M, D.C. United — Did not play. Season: 7 games, 1 start, 1 assist.

Andrew Wenger, F, Montreal — Played 16 minutes in Saturday’s 3-1 win over San Jose. Season: 16 games, 4 starts, 4 goals.

Zarek Valentin, D, Montreal — Did not play due to left ankle strain. Season: 14 games, 14 starts, 1 goal.

Jeff Parke, D, Seattle — Started and played 90 minutes in Saturday’s 2-1 win over Vancouver, providing an assist in the 64th minute. Season: 21 games, 20 starts, 1 assist.

Mike Seamon, M, Seattle — Did not play. Season: 0 games.

Bobby Convey, M, Kansas City — Did not play due to right hamstring strain. Season: 15 games, 14 starts, 1 goal, 2 assists.

Jeff Larentowicz, M, Colorado — Started and played 90 minutes in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Chivas. Season: 23 games, 23 starts, 3 goals.

Bobby Warshaw, D, Dallas — In the 18, but did not play on Wednesday. Did not play on Saturday. Season: 6 games, 2 starts.

Jeremiah White, M, New England — Did not play. Season: 2 games.

Bill Gaudette, GK, New York — Started and played 90 minutes in Sunday’s 3-2 win over Portland, recording three saves and allowing two goals. Season: 7 games, 7 starts, 17 saves, 9 goals allowed, and 3 clean sheets for New York. 3 games, 3 starts, 7 saves, 4 goals allowed for Los Angeles.

Jeremy Vuolo, GK, New York — Did not play. Season: 0 games.

Dan Gargan, D, Chicago — In the 18, but did not play. Season: 19 games, 17 starts.

USL Pro

Corey Hertzog, F, Wilmington — On loan fron New York, started and played 90 minutes in Sunday’s 2-1 win over Charlotte, scoring a goal in the 29th minute. Started and played 90 minutes in Saturday’s 1-0 loss to Charlotte. Season: 0 games for New York. 17 games, 16 starts, 9 goals, 5 assists for Wilmington.

Jimmy McLaughlin, M, Harrisburg — On loan from Philadelphia, started and played 65 minutes in Sunday’s 1-0 win over Los Angeles. Played 45 minutes in Friday’s 2-2 draw with Los Angeles. Season: 0 games for Philadelphia, 7 games, 3 starts, 1 goal for Harrisburg.

J.T. Noone, M, Harrisburg — Started and played 90 minutes in Sunday’s 1-0 win over Los Angeles. Started and played 90 minutesin Friday’s 2-2 draw with Los Angeles. Season: 22 games, 22 starts, 2 goals, 3 assists.

Tom Brandt, D, Harrisburg — Played 12 minutes in Sunday’s 1-0 win over Los Angeles. Started and played 90 minutesin Friday’s 2-2 draw with Los Angeles, providing an assist in the 33rd minute. Season: 17 games, 14 starts, 1 assist.

Morgan Langley, M, Harrisburg — Did not play. Season: 19 games, 15 starts, 3 goals, 2 assists.

Tony Donatelli, M, Charleston — Started and played 81 minutes in Saturday’s scoreless draw with Dayton. Season: 19 games, 16 starts, 3 goals, 3 assists.

Ryan Richter, M, Charleston — Started and played 64 minutes in Saturday’s scoreless draw with Dayton. Season: 23 games, 14 starts, 2 goals, 4 assists.

Tyler Bellamy, D, Rochester — In the 18, but did not play on Saturday. Season: 8 games, 5 starts.

Drew Cost, M, Rochester — Started and played 73 minutes in Saturday’s 1-0 win over Pittsburgh. Season: 16 games, 2 starts, 1 assist.

Jason Yeisley, D, Richmond — Started and played 90 minutes in Sunday’s 2-1 loss to Antigua. Started and played 90 minutes in Friday’s 1-0 win over Antigua. Season: 18 games, 16 starts, 1 goal.

Ryan Heins, M, Richmond — Started and played 90 minutes in Sunday’s 2-1 loss to Antigua. Started and played 83 minutes in Friday’s 1-0 win over Antigua. Season: 22 games, 20 starts, 2 goals, 2 assists.


NASL

Pat Hannigan, GK, San Antonio — Did not play. Season: 3 games, 6 goals allowed, 9 saves.

 

 

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