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Union Former Player Update: Jacobson has a big week for FC Dallas

Posted on 31 May 2011 by Breton Bonnette

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Major League Soccer

Andrew Jacobson (FC Dallas) – midweek, Jacobson grabbed his second assist of the season, supplying Brek Shea with the gamewinner over the Seattle Sounders; Jacobson then registered his first goal with Dallas, the first of a wild 2-2 tie with the Houston Dynamo; after a shot from Fabian Castillo clanked off the crossbar, Jacobson had the presence of mind to head the rebound back on net, opening the scoring

Chris Seitz (FC Dallas) – Seitz dressed but did not play in the Hoops’ 1-0 win over Seattle or their weekend 2-2 tie with Houston, started and played all 90 minutes for the Reserves in their 3-2 victory over Houston’s reserves on Sunday

Shavar Thomas (Sporting Kansas City) – did not dress in Kansas City’s 1-1 tie with the Colorado Rapids, also didn’t play in the Kansas City reserve squad’s 1-1 tie with Colorado on Sunday; Thomas has been called up for Jamaica’s 2011 Gold Cup campaign (June 5 to June 25th)

Brian Perk (Los Angeles) – did not dress for Los Angeles’ 1-0 win over the New England Revolution or their midweek shutout of the Houston Dynamo

Shea Salinas (Vancouver) – there is turmoil in Vancouver as head coach Teitur Thordarson has been replaced even before the season’s half-way point; Salinas started and played 67 minutes in a 1-1 tie with the New York Red Bulls in Vancouver

Fred (DC United) – Fred was a late game substitute for United as they held off Portland to become the first away team to win at JELD-WEN Field

Alejandro Moreno (Chivas USA) – started and played 79 minutes in a dramatic 3-3 back and forth against Columbus; reported afterwards for international duty with Venezuela and could miss up to 10 Major League Soccer games over the span of the next six weeks; the club is in negotiations to keep him around for as many games as possible

NASL

Eduardo Coudet (Fort Lauderdale) – Chacho was the most dangerous player on the field for the Strikers but even with multiple opportunities, Fort Lauderdale had to settle for a 0-0 draw with the Montreal Impact

Cristian Arrieta (Fort Lauderdale) – started in defense for Fort Lauderdale as they tied the Montreal Impact 0-0

Toni Stahl (Fort Lauderdale) – started in midfield for the Strikers as they fought to 0-0 with MLS-bound Montreal

Brad Knighton (Carolina) – Knighton registered another shutout as the Railhawks beat the Atlanta Silverbacks 2-0 at home; it is their record 5th consecutive win as they move to 7-1-1 on the year; Knighton has only let up 8 goals in 9 games so far this season

Nick Zimmerman (Carolina) – started and played all 90 minutes as Carolina left it until late to take the three points from Atlanta; Zimmerman is turning out to be a great complement to both Pablo Campos and Etienne Barbara up front, the Railhawks are now unbeaten in their last 8 games

USL PRO

JT Noone (Harrisburg) – Noone started and worked 78 minutes in a 2-1 loss to the Charleston Battery at Blackbaud Stadium; the City Islanders are still searching for decent results since Noone’s signing in early May; they’ll get their chance tonight when they face Pittsburgh at 7:00PM at home

Abroad

Dave Myrie (Limon FC) – Myrie’s contract with his hometown team is up and it is rumored that he is looking for a new club; Limon FC, however, has come out and said that they hope to re-sign the fullback, hopefully before he gets his chance in the Copa America; Myrie did not make the cut for the Gold Cup roster (their ‘A’ team)

Michael Orozco Fiscal (San Luis FC) – still no word on Orozco Fiscal; nothing to be found anywhere (if you have something, let us know!)

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Former Union Player Update: Salinas grabs two starts, Jacobson and Dallas have a big week

Posted on 17 May 2011 by Breton Bonnette

 Major League Soccer

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Andrew Jacobson (FC Dallas) – worked 173 minutes last week in two FC Dallas wins, a 1-0 shutout of Toronto FC and a 2-0 win over his former team, the Union; he started both and was subbed out in the 83rd minute against Philadelphia; the two wins catapulted the Hoops into the mix in the Western Conference

Chris Seitz (FC Dallas) – dressed but did not play in either of FC Dallas’ wins last week;

Fred (DC United) – Fred was a late sub in DC United’s 1-1 tie with the defending champions; worked 10 minutes to help extend United’s three game unbeaten streak; captained the DC United side in a 1-0 reserve league win over the Philadelphia Union reserves today (5/17), played all 90 minutes

Shea Salinas (Vancouver) – started and went 72 minutes in a Whitecaps tie with San Jose; Salinas was off the field for the 90th minute equalizer scored by Davide Chiumiento; on Saturday Salinas started again versus New England and went the whole game in a 1-0 loss to the Revolution; despite the loss – Salinas earned praise for his dangerous play down the right flank

Alejandro Moreno (Chivas USA) – started and went the full 90 minutes in a surprising 3-2 away win over the New York Red Bulls

Shavar Thomas (Sporting KC) – did not dress in Sporting Kansas City’s 4-1 loss to the Los Angeles Galaxy

Brian Perk (Los Angeles) – did not dress for the Galaxy’s midweek trip to Philadelphia but dressed in their 4-1 win over Sporting Kansas City; backed up Josh Saunders 

NASL

Brad Knighton (Carolina) – followed up his Defensive PLayer of the Week honors with two important wins, a 4-2 home victory vs. Eduardo Coudet and the Strikers and a surprising 2-1 win over Montreal at Saputo Stadium;

Nick Zimmerman (Carolina) – started both games and went 90 minutes in each of Carolina’s aforementioned wins; the Railhawks now sit on top of the NASL tables with a 5-1-1 record
 
Eduardo Coudet (Fort Lauderdale) – missed the Strikers 4-2 loss to Brad Knighton and Carolina as Fort Lauderdale ended their four game away swing
 
Toni Stahl (Fort Lauderdale) – started for the strikers in their 4-2 away loss to Carolina; another scheduled game for Saturday vs. FC Tampa Bay was postponed and rescheduled for late June
 
Cristian Arrieta (Fort Lauderdale) – Arrieta earned his first competitive minutes for the Strikers in the 4-2 loss to Carolina; the former Union defender came on in the 80th minute as the Strikers tried to fight back from a defecit
 
USL PRO

JT Noone (Harrisburg) – signed on May 5, 2011, Noone worked 8 minutes in a 1-1 tie against Richmond this past Saturday; should eventually get more minutes as he settles in

Foreign-Based

Michael Orozco Fiscal (San Luis FC) – the Mexican Clausura playoffs continue without San Luis FC, still no word on Orozco Fiscal and his future but one can be sure it’s not with San Luis

Dave Myrie (Limon FC) – Myrie may have a chance to head to Copa America 2011 this summer with the Costa Rican national team; the Ticos have yet to accept the Copa America invitation but due to his recent inclusion into the international friendlies, there’s a good chance Myrie will go. If not, there’s always the Gold Cup. The Ticos plan is to send a Senior Team to the Gold Cup in June and a U-23 team to Copa America with a couple scattered senior players.

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Former Union Player Update: A great week for former Zolos, Moreno the star

Posted on 03 May 2011 by Breton Bonnette

In Major League Soccer

Andrew Jacobson (FC Dallas) – FC Dallas beat Los Angeles 2-1 as Jacobson recorded his first point for the Hoops, an assist on their first goal, he featured in all 90 minutes and seems to have solidified his position in Hyndman’s starting XI

Chris Seitz (FC Dallas) – dressed but did not play in FC Dallas’ 2-1 win over the Los Angeles Galaxy

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Alejandro Moreno (Chivas USA)

started and played the full 90 minutes in Chivas USA’s 3-0 shutout of the New England Revolution, Moreno put in a Man of the Match performance registering two assists on the opening goals before providing the icing on the cake with the third and final goal, it was his third goal of the season (3 goals, 2 assists), being called the catalyst of Chivas USA’s attack

Shavar Thomas (Sporting KC) – did not dress for Kansas City’s 1-0 loss to the New York Red Bulls, should take part in a reserve squad game today vs. Real Salt Lake

Fred (DC United) – started and played 47 minutes as DC United continued their losing ways in a 4-1 loss to the Houston Dynamo, the loss has the club and its boss Ben Olsen worried especially with a game against in-form Seattle tomorrow at 7:30PM

Shea Salinas (Vancouver) – came on as a substitute for Wes Knight in the 66th, worked 24+ minutes in a 2-1 loss to the Columbus Crew, also played 12+ minutes in the Whitecaps’ 1-0  Wednesday road victory over the Montreal Impact in Nutrilite Canadian Championship play, it was his competitive debut for Salinas, the second leg will be played tomorrow in Vancouver

Brian Perk (Los Angeles) – did not dress for Los Angeles’ 2-1 loss to FC Dallas at Pizza Hut Park

In NASL

Eduardo Coudet (Fort Lauderdale) – Coudet scored yet again vs. Puerto Rico, his team-leading 3rd goal, on

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 a 41st minute penalty kick, this one put the Strikers ahead before the goals started pouring on and the game ended a 2-2 tie, it was his third consecutive PK in as many games

Cristian Arrieta (Fort Lauderdale) – did not play in the Strikers 2-2 tie with the Puerto Rico Islanders

Toni Stahl (Fort Lauderdale) – did not play in the Strikers 2-2 tie with the Puerto Rico Islanders

Brad Knighton (Carolina) – started, played 90 minutes, and made several saves in a 1-1 tie with Minnesota, the Railhawks will next meet Coudet, Arrieta, and Stahl in NASL play on May 11th, had a big fingertip save in the 50th minute

Nick Zimmerman (Carolina) – started and played the full 90 minutes in a 1-1 tie with Minnesota, Zimmerman drew the penalty kick (Etienne Barbara converted) in the 58th minute that put Carolina ahead, Minnesota tied it up only 9 minutes later and the game ended in a tie

Foreign-Based

Michael Orozco Fiscal (San Luis FC) – did not dress or play in San Luis FC’s last game of the Clausura season, a 0-0 tie with Cruz Azul

 David Myrie (Limon FC) – Limon FC did not play this week, Myrie is fully recovered from a previous injury

Unattached

JT Noone

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Former Union Player Update: Jacobson, Moreno, Zimmerman, and Chacho shine

Posted on 25 April 2011 by Breton Bonnette

In Major League Soccer

 

Courtesy of MLSSoccer.com

Andrew Jacobson (FC Dallas)

– Jacobson started and played all 90 minutes in a come from behind 2-1 win for FC Dallas in Vancouver, seen in match reports as one of the bright spots for Dallas in the match, picked up a yellow card for a reckless foul in the 66th minute

Chris Seitz (FC Dallas) – dressed but did not play in FC Dallas’ 2-1 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps

Alejandro Moreno (Chivas USA) – started and played the full 90 minutes in Chivas USA’s first win of the season, a 2-1 decision over San Jose at Buck Shaw Stadium, Moreno scored his second goal of the season, the equalizer in injury time of the first half

Shavar Thomas (Sporting KC) – played 12 plus minutes in a 3-2 loss to the New England Revolution, Thomas entered the game charged with helping the Kansas City defense to preserve a 2-2 at Gillette Stadium, the KC defense failed as a late Rajko Lekic goal gave New England the three points at home

Fred (DC United) – started and played all 90 minutes as DC United fell to earth at home losing 4-0 to a surging New York Red Bull squad led by Thierry Henry

Shea Salinas (Vancouver) – did not dress for Vancouver’s 2-1 loss to FC Dallas

Brian Perk (Los Angeles) – did not dress for Los Angeles’ 3-0 win over the Portland Timbers at the Home Depot Center, dressed but also did not play in the Galaxy’s Reserves 3-1 loss to Portland’s Reserve squad the next day

In NASL

Eduardo Coudet (Fort Lauderdale) – Coudet scored his second goal for the Strikers, another penalty kick converted this time in the 90th minute for the three points over a tough Atlanta squad, the veteran worked all 90 minutes in the win

Cristian Arrieta (Fort Lauderdale) – did not play in the Strikers 2-1 win over the Atlanta Silverbacks

Toni Stahl (Fort Lauderdale) – started and went the distance in the Strikers 2-1 win over Atlanta

Brad Knighton (Carolina) – started, played 90 minutes, and earned a shutout in a 2-0 win over FC Edmonton, was not required to make any saves even though Edmonton had 14 shots, none of which were on target, it was Knighton’s first shutout of the season

Nick Zimmerman (Carolina) – started and played the full 90 minutes in a 2-0 win over FC Edmonton as Carolina continues their domination of the NASL’s Canadian representatives, scored his FIRST goal for Carolina in the 76th minute to put Carolina up 2-0

Foreign-Based

Michael Orozco Fiscal (San Luis FC) – did not dress or play in the San Luis FC’s 3-1 victory over Santos Laguna in the Mexican Clausura, also did not play in San Luis FC’s 2-0 loss to Libertad in final Copa Libertadores Group Stage play, San Luis FC have failed to qualify for the second round

David Myrie (Limon FC) – Limon FC did not play this week, Myrie is fully recovered from a previous injury

Unattached

JT Noone

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Former Union Player Update: Stahl, Moreno, Jacobson, Coudet start

Posted on 12 April 2011 by Breton Bonnette

In Major League Soccer

Andrew Jacobson (FC Dallas) – Jacobson started and played 70 minutes at center midfielder in a 3-0 FC Dallas shutout of defending champions Colorado

Chris Seitz (FC Dallas) – dressed but did not play in FC Dallas’ 3-0 shutout of Colorado at Pizza Hut Park, worked a half in Monday’s reserve win

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Alejandro Moreno (Chivas USA)

– played 90 minutes in a 0-0 deadlock between Chivas USA and the Columbus Crew

Shavar Thomas (Sporting KC) – Kansas City was off this week in regular season play, worked a full 90 minutes in Open Cup qualifying action as Kansas City beat the Houston Dynamo 1-0, it was Kansas City’s first shutout in competitive play of the new year, also played in Monday’s reserve loss to Houston, playing all 90 minutes at centerback

Fred (DC United) – dressed but did not play for DC United in their 1-1 tie with Los Angeles at RFK Stadium, did play midweek however vs. Philadelphia in US Open Cup qualifying, Fred started and played 89 minutes, grabbing a yellow card in the 25th, United eventually won in penalty kicks

Shea Salinas (Vancouver) – dressed but did not play for Vancouver’s midweek tie with New England, a 1-1 draw; did not dress for Vancouver’s Sunday match-up in Houston vs. the Dynamo, a 3-0 loss

Brian Perk (Los Angeles) – did not dress for Los Angeles in their 1-1 tie with DC United

In NASL

Eduardo Coudet (Fort Lauderdale) – started in the Strikers 2-1 loss to FC Edmonton in front of 6,402 and assisted Fort Lauderdale’s only goal in the 48th minute, it was the Strikers first game with their new name, was dangerous most of the game, received a yellow card in the 37th minute

Cristian Arrieta (Fort Lauderdale) – the Strikers did not post a match recap that included lineups for the game, definitely did not start but not sure if he came as a second half substitute in the Strikers 2-1 loss to FC Edmonton

Toni Stahl (Fort Lauderdale) – started in the Strikers 2-1 loss to FC Edmonton

Brad Knighton (Carolina) – started and played 90 minutes in a 2-1 loss to the Puerto Rico Islanders in a game that was elongated by a two hour rain/lightning delay, it was the Railhawks season opener

Nick Zimmerman (Carolina) – started and played 81 minutes in a 2-1 loss to the Puerto Rico Islanders in a game that was elongated by a two hour rain/lightning delay

Foreign-Based

Michael Orozco Fiscal (San Luis FC) – did not dress for San Luis FC in their 0-0 tie with Necaxa

David Myrie (Limon FC) – did not dress for Limon FC in a 2-0 loss to Herediano, recovering from an injury sustained in Costa Rica’s 2-2 tie with China, expected to be back for Limon’s next match

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JT Noone

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Former Union Player Update: Knighton, Zimmerman, and Stahl all surface

Posted on 04 April 2011 by Breton Bonnette

In Major League Soccer

Andrew Jacobson (FC Dallas) – Jacobson dressed but did not play in FC Dallas’ loss to Columbus

Chris Seitz (FC Dallas) – Seitz also dressed this past weekend but did not play in a 2-0 loss to Columbus

Alejandro Moreno (Chivas USA) – continued his scoring ways with the Chivas USA’s lone goal (having just returned from international duty with Venezuela) in a 1-1 tie on road vs. Toronto FC, it was his first goal of the MLS season and for Chivas USA

Shavar Thomas (Sporting KC) – came back from international duty with Jamaica and played 8 minutes in Sporting Kansas City’s 3-3 tie with Vancouver, while with the Reggae Boyz, Thomas helped in a 3-2 win over El Salvador on March 31st

Fred (DC United) – played 8 minutes in DC United’s 4-1 loss to the Colorado Rapids on Sunday

Shea Salinas (Vancouver) – did not dress for Vancouver in a thrilling comeback vs. Sporting Kansas City, recovering from a knee injury

Brian Perk (Los Angeles) – did not dress for Los Angeles in their 1-0 win over Philadelphia

In NASL

Eduardo Coudet (Fort Lauderdale) – will wear #88 for the Strikers, may have played in the Strikers’ last preseason match-up, a 3-1 win over Florida Gulf Coast University, before their April 9th opener vs. Edmonton

Cristian Arrieta (Fort Lauderdale) – will wear #26 for the Strikers, signed on March 30, 2011,  may have played in the Strikers’ last preseason match-up, a 3-1 win over Florida Gulf Coast University, before their April 9th opener vs. Edmonton

Toni Stahl (Fort Lauderdale) signed on April 1, 2011, will wear #5 for the Strikers, may have played in the Strikers’ last preseason match-up, a 3-1 win over Florida Gulf Coast University, before their April 9th opener vs. Edmonton

Brad Knighton (Carolina)close to being signed by the Railhawks, Knighton played a half in a 2-1 preseason win over the Wilmington Hammerheads, should be on the roster for the first game of the season this weekend vs. Puerto Rico

Nick Zimmerman (Carolina)close to being signed by the Railhawks, Zimmerman scored in Carolina’s 2-1 preseason win over Wilmington, it was Carolina’s first goal in the last four preseason matches, should be on the roster for the first game of the season this weekend vs. Puerto Rico

Foreign-Based

Michael Orozco Fiscal (San Luis FC) – did not dress for San Luis FC’s 3-2 loss to Queretaro, still unsure of his status

David Myrie (Limon FC) – did not dress in Limon FC’s 3-1 win over Puntarenas, they now sit in second place, Myrie was on international duty with Costa Rica, did not play in Costa Rica’s 0-0 tie with Argentina on March 30th

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JT Noone

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Former Union Player Update: Only Jacobson and Moreno see time

Posted on 21 March 2011 by Breton Bonnette

Can you  believe it? We’re at the point – only one year into our competitive existence – that we can follow our former players. Many of them were only here a little while, yet several left a mark. We’ll be tracking them all season. If you see any changes or have any new information, pass it on!

In Major League Soccer

Andrew Jacobson (FC Dallas) – played 18 minutes in FC Dallas’ home opener 1-1 tie vs. Chicago

Chris Seitz (FC Dallas) – dressed, but did not play

Alejandro Moreno (Chivas USA) – played a full 90 minutes in a 3-2 loss to Sporting Kansas City

Shavar Thomas (Sporting KC) – did not dress for Sporting, will be on international duty for Jamaica as they prepare for games on March 25th and 27th

Fred (DC United) – did not dress for United

Shea Salinas (Vancouver) – did not dress for Vancouver, still recovering from a knee injury sustained during preseason

Brian Perk (Los Angeles) – dressed but did not play for both of LA’s games this past week as back-up to Josh Saunders, the Galaxy went 1-0-1 in the process

Foreign-Based

Michael Orozco Fiscal (San Luis FC) – the whereabouts of Orozco Fiscal are unknown, no word of his actual return to San Luis on their website, one can assume he is training with the first team

David Myrie (Limon FC) – did not feature in Limon’s 1-1 tie with Perez Zeledon, has featured regularly however as Limon sits 3rd in the Costa Rican Primera Division

Unattached

Cristian Arrieta  – was on trial with FC Dallas, not offered a contract

Toni Stahl – the last heard from the Finn was that he was not offered a contract after a trial with Norrkoping

Others yet to find a club: Brad Knighton, Eduardo Coudet, Nick Zimmerman, JT Noone

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Expansion Draft: Salinas and Moreno now ‘Caps

Posted on 24 November 2010 by Breton Bonnette

We'll always remember this...

The pick of Shea Salinas is a heartbreaker. The guy is classy, a true talent that with a better magic sponge could have been terrorizing the flanks of any MLS defense on a more consistent basis this season. With that said, he’s gone but to drive things home even more, Piotr Nowak pulled back Chris Seitz shattering any “impartial facade” he was trying to put forward. Vancouver, three picks later, went for a veteran striker that had Philly fans split 50/50. Alejandro Moreno was gritty and hard-working but, at the same time, rubbed fans the wrong way with his love of simulation. We’re not sure why Vancouver wants 2 guys that can hold-up the ball in Moreno and Chivas USA’s Alan Gordon but overall, we’re pretty happy Moreno’s selection kept Andrew Jacobson here.

Recap:  

Portland takes…

GKs – NONE
Defenders – Eric Brunner (Columbus), Anthony Wallace (Colorado), David Horst (Real Salt Lake), Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA), Jordan Graye (DC United)
Midfielders – Adam Moffat (Columbus), Dax McCarty (FC Dallas), Arturo Alvarez (San Jose), Peter Lowry (Chicago)
Forwards – Robbie Findley (Real Salt Lake)

Vancouver takes…

GKs – Joe Cannon (San Jose)
Defenders – Nathan Sturgis (Seattle), Jonathan Leathers (Kansas City)
Midfielders – Shea Salinas (Philadelphia), John Thorrington (Chicago), Sanna Nyassi (Seattle), Atiba Harris (FC Dallas)
Forwards – Alejandro Moreno (Philadelphia), Alan Gordon (Chivas USA), O’Brian White (Toronto FC)

Let the mourning begin…Salinas was the first player to allow us an interview, excited as all hell to join from San Jose. He was married this past January and one of easiest to talk to in the locker room. Now he’s off to the West Coast again – this time a ‘little’ farther north – and ASN Philly can only wish him the best of luck.

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Philadelphia Union vs. Chivas USA: Player Ratings

Posted on 26 September 2010 by Breton Bonnette

A helpless Zach Thornton...

The Union bucked recent trends and converted their chances on Saturday, dispatching Chivas USA with a 3-0 scoreline. Fred, Alejandro Moreno, and Seb Le Toux provided the fireworks while Brad Knighton, with help from a rock solid back four, recorded his second shutout in three league appearances.

Philadelphia Union Starting XI

————————–Knighton—————————–

Williams——–Califf————Orozco F.———Harvey

————————-Miglioranzi—————————-

Le Toux——————–Fred————————Mapp

——————Mwanga———Moreno——————–

GK: Brad Knighton – 6

The FC Dallas fiasco probably flashed before his eyes mid way through the first half after a through ball found Alan Gordon barreling down on Knighton and net. A well-timed and luckily feet-first tackle kept Gordon from capitalizing. Wasn’t fully tested again until the 89th minute when he parried a rifled shot from Alan Gordon. Post-match, Nowak was more than satisfied with Knighton’s presence in goal, “I think right now he has all the confidence to be #1 in goal”.

DR: Sheanon Williams – 7

The whole team looked to be a bit rusty after two weeks off but Williams especially. The youngster has pace, however, and the ability to track back after an errant touch or two. His long throw continues to be dangerous as was his pace. Williams almost got on the end of a Fred cross in the 56th minute after pushing forward. His man-to-man marking is shaky at best, showcased midway through the second half. Luckily, Alan Gordon isn’t known for his medium to long-range shots.

DC: Danny Califf – 7.5

Shut down Alan Gordon after being isolated. Not the hardest thing to do but it was vital as Gordon was the most energetic for Chivas during the first half. The central pairing of Califf and Orozco Fiscal kept things quiet for Brad Knighton and it was a performance certainly worthy of the captaincy.

DC: Michael Orozco Fiscal – 7

Solid the brunt of the game. Lost his mark, however, early in the second half leading to a wide-open Jesus Padilla look at net. Padilla mistimed the volley thankfully sending it wide of Knighton’s net. Orozco Fiscal dealt with the Goats’ danger man Justin Braun (9 goals) well though, keeping him silent and far from Knighton’s net.

DL: Jordan Harvey – 7

Harvey had a good day, getting into the attack and wreaking general havoc on the Chivas backline. It was ensemble performance for the back four but even in spite of a shaky start, the fullbacks were particularly dangerous throughout the whole match. Tracking back, at times, was an issue as Lahoud and Sal Zizzo were able to jumpstart counterattacks after Harvey was caught forward.

MR: Sebastien Le Toux – 8

Even though things weren’t as organized as usual on the offensive end, Le Toux’s motor was once again running beautifully. He’s dangerous up top but his work on the flanks really got to the Chivas USA defense. Both him and Mapp were able to deliver better than usual crosses with his efforts paying off right before the end of the first half. Le Toux and Moreno renewed their partnership early in the second half with a couple well-played combinations. Despite the 2-0 scoreline, Le Toux didn’t let up. After a foul he suffered, Seb deflected the free kick off the Chivas wall and right past a wrong-footed Thornton. Only a minute later, he almost added with a rocket from the outside.

MC: Stefani Miglioranzi – 7

An understated game. Decent distribution and not afraid to get in the mix. Miglioranzi, even without Coudet or Jacobsen in the first half, was able to clog up the midfield and shut down guys like Paulo Nagamura. He rarely gets the credit but his play as of late allows Le Toux, Fred, and others room to really go at the opposing defense. Migs at times was almost acting as a third centreback, shutting down passing channels and picking up loose balls .

MC: Fred – 7.5

His quarterbacking of the Union offense was part at best in the first half but, surprisingly, Fred was back quite a bit and made some key poke tackles at the top of the box. Right before the half, after a low Le Toux free kick, Moreno feint, and Zach Thornton parry, Fred ushered home the rebound to make things 2-0. Probably one of Fred’s best performances in a Union uniform.

ML: Justin Mapp 6.5

Plagued with the same bad touch in the early moments but made up for it with pinpoint accuracy on his dead balls. His corner found Moreno for the first goal of the match. He delivered several deep free kicks into the danger area. Probably should wind up the set piece taker from the corner as well as kicks 30-40 yards out.

FW: Danny Mwanga 5.5

His touch was all over the place early on and looked a little out of place. His touch impeded forward progress on several occasions. Had a couple promising moments but all in all it was Mwanga’s first forgettable appearance in a long time. Replaced by Jacobson at the half.

FW: Alejandro Moreno – 8.5 *ASN Philly’s Man of the Match*

Sheer determination almost saw Moreno power a diving header past Zach Thornton in the 18th minute after a beautiful cross from Seb Le Toux. That determination did pay off in the 25th minute after Moreno muscled home a fade away header off of a well delivered Mapp corner. The goal did wonders as Moreno continued to threaten throughout the first half also providing the flick on that ultimately led to Fred’s goal. It was good to see Moreno at 100%. Scored points with Union faithful post-goal by kissing the badge.

Substitutes:

Andrew Jacobson – 7

Came on for Danny Mwanga at the half, pushing Fred left and Le Toux up front. A great performance all around although his passing was a bit heavy for the most part but he supplies a defensive presence that Coudet cannot. His service of the forwards and overall vision is improving. Frustrating Paulo Nagamura.

Amobi Okugo – N/A

The youngster came on in the 74th minute for Fred.

Roger Torres – N/A

Replaced Justin Mapp in the 77th minute.

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Former Player Profile: Alejandro Moreno

Posted on 22 March 2010 by Breton Bonnette

 

Position: Forward

Born: July 8, 1979

Hometown: Barquisimeto, Venezuela

Height: 5′9″

Weight: 170

Previous Clubs: Columbus Crew, Philadelphia

College: UNC-Greensboro

Status: Senior International

Salary: $145,000 (2010)

How acquired (Union): Taken in the Expansion Draft on November 25, 2009 by the Philadelphia Union

Where is he now?: Selected by the Vancouver Whitecaps in the 2010 Expansion Draft. Was promptly traded to Chivas USA.

Stats

2010 with Philadelphia: 26 games, 2 goals, 7 assists

2007-2009 with Columbus: 74 games, 20 goals, 12 assists

2006-2007 with Houston: 34 games, 3 goals, 6 assists

2005 with San Jose: 31 games, 8 goals, 4 assists

2002-2004 with Los Angeles: 61 games, 12 goals, 6 assists

Also has 20 games of playoff experience with 1 goal and 6 assists

International: Has over 15 caps with the Venezualan national team, scoring twice.

Media Scouting Report

“Another veteran in this group but probably one of the better ones to take for Nowak. He’s tough as nails around the goal, which is exactly what Nowak likes to see. He’s a guy that can score and will certainly do his part to annoy defenses” – Drew Epperley, WV Hooligan

“Yes, he may dive a little (or a lot) but Moreno is a handful up top and can finish chances as well as set them up. He’s just a year removed from scoring a goal and playing well in an MLS Cup Final and could be a double-digit goal-scorer (he tallied nine in 2008)” – Ives Galarcep, Soccer by Ives

A great story on Alejandro Moreno from Shawn Mitchell of the Columbus Dispatch, posted April 2009.

Did you know?

Alejandro has won 3 MLS Cup Championships starting for Columbus in 2008, Houston in 2006, and Los Angeles in 2002 (as a rookie!).

Despite a tenacious work ethic and unrivalled aggression, Moreno only has one ejection in his MLS career spanning over 200 games.

Alejandro has only one MLS hat-trick to his name, scored against D.C. United in 2004.

Straight from Moreno’s mouth – “I’m a man without a country. Sometimes I feel more American than some of the guys who were born here. But I can go to Venezuela and feel as Latino as Latino can be. I’m living a double life”

Another great quote from Ale, “I do what I do, and I do it to the best of the ability,” he said. “I think my teammates appreciate it, and I think Sigi appreciates it, and that’s all that matters to me. It’s my job, and I don’t think anything about it. It’s what I’ve done for seven years in this league. It hasn’t gotten any prettier, and it probably won’t get any prettier, so it is what it is”

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