Photo: Nate Monahan
With our usual follower of Philadelphians abroad, Chris Luczkowiak, actually abroad himself, it falls to me to keep you all informed about the goings-on of the various players with Philadelphia ties in the professional soccer scene this week. I must say, Chris picked a good week to skip town, as very little happened with Philly players in the past seven days. No goals or assists were recorded at MLS or NASL level, and Zach Pfeffer has returned after getting game time with the U.S. Under-18s National Team, so no stats for him, either. The wait for Marcus Tracy continues, as well. San Jose has him, but he has yet to be included in a game-day roster. Presumably, he is still working on getting match fit.
There are a couple of bright spots, however. Antoine Hoppenot came on as a sub in the Union’s streak-breaking win against Houston on Sunday, and gets a mention simply because of that. He also started in the 0–1 loss to to D.C., which was his third start of the season, even if the game was sour. Hoppenot’s play has cooled, like the rest of the Union, since his hot start to John Hackworth’s tenure. Here’s hoping Sunday’s win jumpstarts his play.
One local who continues to perform strongly is Bill Gaudette, goalkeeper for the New York Red Bulls. While he allowed a very late goal against New England, giving the Revs a draw they may not have deserved, he also made several standout saves that kept NY in the game earlier. New York’s play may be stuttering a bit as the season winds down, but Gaudette is keeping his team in contention. While he plays for a team none of us care for, he deserves plaudits for his performances, all the same.
Finally, Ryan Richter, the midfielder who grew up in Southampton, Pa. and joined the Philadelphia Union from La Salle in 2011 before being released ahead of this season, is reportedly back trialling with the club. Richter was with the 2012 USL PRO champion Charleston Battery after leaving the Union.
Major League Soccer
Antoine Hoppenot, M/F, Philadelphia — Started and played 56′ in the 0–1 loss to D.C. United. Came on as a 66′ sub in the 3–1 win over Houston. Season: 19 games, 3 starts, 2 goals for Philadelphia. 4 games, 1 goal for Harrisburg.
Cristhian Hernandez, M, Philadelphia — Did not play in either Union game this week. Season: 2 games.
Chris Albright, D, Philadelphia — Did not play against DC. 81′ sub against Houston. Season: 5 games, 2 starts.
Zach Pfeffer, M, Philadelphia — Did not play. Season: 0 games.
Jimmy McLaughlin, M, Philadelphia — Did not play. Season: 0 games for Philadelphia, 8 games, 3 starts, 1 goal for Harrisburg.
Stephen King, M, D.C. United — Did not play. Season: 7 games, 1 start, 1 assist.
Andrew Wenger, F, Montreal — Halftime substitute in Montreal’s 0–0 draw with Sporting KC. Season: 20 games, 4 starts, 4 goals.
Zarek Valentin, D, Montreal — Did not play. Season: 14 games, 14 starts, 1 goal.
Jeff Parke, D, Seattle — Started and played 90 minutes in Saturday’s 2–1 loss to San Jose. Season: 25 games, 24 starts, 1 assist.
Mike Seamon, M, Seattle — Did not play. Season: 0 games.
Bobby Convey, M, Kansas City — Did not play. Season: 15 games, 14 starts, 1 goal, 2 assists.
Jeff Larentowicz, M, Colorado — Started and played the full 90 in the Rapids’ 2–2 tie with Vancouver. Season: 28 games, 29 starts, 3 goals.
Bobby Warshaw, D, Dallas — Dallas had no game this week. Season: 6 games, 2 starts.
Jeremiah White, M, New England — Waived by New England on June 27, 2012. Season: 2 games.
Bill Gaudette, GK, New York — Started and played 90 minutes in Saturday’s 1–1 draw with New England, allowing 1 goal and recording 4 saves. Season: 11 games, 11 starts, 29 saves, 14 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 — Did not play. Season: 20 games, 17 starts.
Corey Hertzog, F, New York — Did not play. Season: 0 games for New York. 20 games, 19 starts, 11 goals, 5 assists for Wilmington.
Marcus Tracy, F, San Jose — Did not play. Season: 0 Games
Pat Hannigan, GK, San Antonio — Did not play. Season: 3 games, 6 goals allowed, 9 saves.