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Player Profile: Jordan Harvey

Posted on 09 April 2010 by stoma

 

Position: Defender

Born: January 28, 1984

Hometown: Mission Viejo, California

Height: 5’11

Weight: 170

Previous Team: Colorado Rapids

College: UCLA

Salary: $55,000 (2010), $51,250 (2009)

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

MLS Stats

2010 with Philadelphia: 30 games, 29 starts, 2,620 minutes, 1 goal, 1 assist

2008-2009 with Colorado: 45 games, 42 starts, 3793 minutes, 4 assists

Scouting Report

  • Colorado Rapids Technical Director scouting Jordan’s former club pre-season: “The most glaring need on the defensive side of the ball is replacing Jordan Harvey, who we lost in the MLS Expansion Draft. The characteristics that we are looking for in his replacement are athleticism, toughness and discipline.” [Colorado Rapids Official Website]

Did You Know?

  • Harvey led the Colorado Rapids in minutes on the pitch in 2009, with 2613.
  • Jordan has played for the US U-14, U-16, U-17 & U-20 teams.  He appeared in 2 matches during the 2001 FIFA U-17 World Cup and 1 match during the 2003 FIFA U-20 World Cup.
  • Harvey was California’s winner of the Gatorade High School Boys Player of the Year in 2001-2002.

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Former Player Profile: Andrew Jacobson

Posted on 07 April 2010 by stoma

 

Position: Midfielder

Born: September 24, 1985

Hometown: Palo Alto, California

Height: 6’2

Weight: 185

Previous Team: D.C. United

College: UC Berkeley

Salary: $40,000 (2010)

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

MLS Stats

2010 with Philadelphia: 25 games, 13 starts, 1,294 minutes

2009 with D.C.: 17 games, 8 starts, 845 minutes

Scouting Report

  • D.C. United General Manager Dave Kasper in 2008: “He is a versatile two-way midfielder that has great technical ability and his size and work rate afford our team several options within the midfield.” [MLS.net]
  • “Returning from an uneventful stint in France, DC United’s 2008 second round draft choice Andrew Jacobson played well when given the opportunity to fill in for Olsen or Simms in central midfield. Jacobson also demonstrated that he has the ability to shoot a heluva long ball, but needs to work on his accuracy (8 shots, 1 shot on goal).” [DCUMD]

 

Did You Know?

  • Jacobson was a three-time All Pac-10 First Team Selection at Berkeley, and was named Co-Player of the Year in the conference his senior year, 2007.
  • Although he made his MLS debut in 2009, Andrew was originally drafted into the league in 2008 by D.C. United.  Jacobson was a 2nd round pick, but instead elected to sign with FC Lorient in France before his eventual return to the MLS.
  • Jacobson was selected to the U.S Men’s National Futsal Team, which competed at the 2008 FIFA Futsal World Cup in Brazil.  Learn more about futsal here.
  • Andrew majored in legal studies at UC Berkeley, at one time hoping to be a lawyer after college.

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Former Player Profile: Brad Knighton

Posted on 02 April 2010 by Breton Bonnette

Brad, I thought you were a goalkeeper?

Position: Goalkeeper

Number: 18

Born: February 6, 1985

Birthplace: Hickory, NC

Height : 6’1

Weight: 180

Previous Team: New England Revolution

College: UNC-Wilmington

Salary: $40,000 (2010), $34,000 (2009)

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

Stats

2010 with Philadelphia: 8 games, 2 shutouts, 3-3-1 with a 1.1 GAA

2009 with New England: 6 games, 36 saves serving as back-up to Matt Reis in New England

2007-8 with New England: Big part of the reserve squad

 

Media Scouting

  • “I feel like I’m pretty good in the air and pretty good shot-stopper. But everyone’s a good shot-stopper at this level. I’m really good with my feet; I really work a lot at playing on my feet. I actually grew up playing forward. I started playing goalie when I was 12, so the footwork kind of came along with that. My distribution and taking crosses are also strengths as well” Knighton on his strengths from a 2007 interview
  • Albright replacement Amaechi Igwe did well batting the ball away, Jay Heaps made critical plays, but Brad Knighton was the star of the show, confident under heavy pressure and making seven saves with cat-like reflexes. L.E. Eisenmenger, Boston Examiner

Did You Know?

  • Knighton is holds UNC-Wilmington’s record for career shutouts (24) and best Goals Against Average (1.07)
  • You can follow Brad on Twitter at Bbknighton
  • Knighton went undrafted at the 2007 MLS Superdraft and the Supplemental Draft. Thanks to his college coach, Aidan Heaney (a former Revs goalkeeper in 1996-1997), he latched on with New England and earned himself a contract
  • Spent 8 games on loan with the Portland Timbers of the USL/NASL during the 2008 season
  • Was married in 2008
  • His MLS debut was March 28, 2009 vs.  the New York Red Bulls

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Player Profile: Danny Califf

Posted on 29 March 2010 by Breton Bonnette

Full Name: Daniel Benjamin Califf

Position: Defender

Number: 4 (CAPTAIN)

Born: March 17, 1980

Birthplace: Montclair, California

College: Maryland

Height : 6’0″

Weight: 180

Previous Teams: Los Angeles, San Jose, AaB, FC Midtjylland

Salary: $250,000 (2010)

How acquired (Union): Signed on January 21, 2010 after two seasons with FC Midtjylland of the Danish Superliga.

International Career: Earned 22 caps with the US Men’s National Team, scoring one goal

Stats

2010 with Philadelphia: 28 games, 28 starts, 1 assist, Philadelphia’s first Captain ever

Did you know?

Danny has won two league Championships in his career so far – the MLS Cup with Los Angeles in 2002 and the Danish SuperLiga with AaB in the 2007-2008 season. Add that to two Supporters Shields, an Open Cup title, and a CONCACAF Champions Cup win and you’ve got quite the grizzled veteran.

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Player Profile: Sebastien Le Toux

Posted on 25 March 2010 by stoma

Position: Forward

Number: 9

Born: January 10, 1984

Birthplace: Mont-Saint-Aignan, France

Height : 6’0

Weight: 155

Previous Team: Seattle Sounders FC

Salary: $110,000 (2010), $112,000 (2009)

International Career: Rennes youth academy (Junior)

FC Lorient- 2004-2006 (Ligue 2- France)

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

Stats

2010 with Philadelphia: 28 games, 14 goals, 11 assists (Team Leader in both categories)

2009 with Seattle: 28 games, 1 goal, 2 assists

2007-2008 with Seattle (USL First Division): 54 games, 24 goals

Media Scouting

  • Sounders FC GM and minority owner Adrian Hanauer has nothing but praise for the young man. “Sébastien is an outstanding young soccer player with loads of upside. He has tremendous physical capacity, he is very good technically and tactically, and has the potential to be a very effective MLS player,” said Hanauer. “Sebastien is also a great individual, and has the kind of character that our fans will be proud of.”  (The Offside- Seattle Soccer Blog)
  • From 2007: ” A strong combination of size and speed with the endurance of a marathon runner, Le Toux has excelled against USL competition, helping the Sounders claim the USL-1 regular-season crown and its postseason title…” (ESPN Soccernet)

Coach’s Comments

Sigi Schmid (Seattle Sounders coach on facing Le Toux in Union’s 1st game): ““I’m sure Seba’s going to be geared up and ready to. He has spent some good years here in Seattle and unfortunately we couldn’t protect everybody (in the expansion draft) and he was the player that we lost. I’m sure he’s excited to play in front of his friends and a lot of fans that he earned during his time here. It’s going to be exciting in that way. The Union’s been pretty secretive about their lineups and who they’re playing, but we expect them to be a conservative, defensive-orientated team that going to keep the game close. And Seba’s going to be an important part of their game as a guy who can get forward and counterattack at the right time.” (The Seattle Times)

Did You Know?

  • Le Toux was the first player to be signed by Seattle Sounders FC following their entry into the MLS.
  • In addition to his 1 goal and 2 assists in Seattle’s 28 MLS games last season, Sebastien added another 3 goals and 5 assists in 6 additional games, including the 2009 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, which Seattle won.
  • Le Toux was named USL First Division Most Valuable Player in 2007.
  • Sebastien helps teach English to non-native speakers through a series of soccer-related vocabulary program videos offered by English, baby!

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Player Profile: Jack McInerney

Posted on 24 March 2010 by stoma

 

 

Position: Forward

Born: August 5, 1992

Hometown: Alpharetta, Georgia

Height: 5’8

Weight: 155

Previous Team: Cobb Futbol Club (Atlanta) & US U-17 Men’s National Team

How Acquired (Union): Selected with 7th overall pick in 2010 MLS SuperDraft on January 14, 2010

Statistics:

2010 with Philadelphia: 17 games played, 3 goals scored in MLS play, 1 in international play

Did You Know?

  • McInerney was targeted as a top US prospect from an early age, playing for the US U-15 National Team at age 13.  He was also selected to undergo a week of training at the West Ham United Youth Academy in London, England the following year.
  • Playing for the US U-17 Men’s National Team  at the 2009 U-17 World Cup in Nigeria, McInerney scored 2 goals, including the sole goal in a 1-0 win against United Arab Emirates.
  • As a Generation Adidas signee, McInernary does not count against the Union’s salary cap.  Generation Adidas is a program designed to identify and support promising young American players.
  • Jack was originally tagged for the U-17 team by then-coach John Hackworth, who is currently an assistant coach for the Union.
  • McInerney was the youngest player selected in this year’s SuperDraft.

Coach’s Comments

  • Wilmer Cabrera (U-17 Head Coach): “He’s smart and that’s why he finds the goal. He knows what his strengths are, he doesn’t do too much. Jack’s simple and effective, he’s not a showman.” (Soccer America)

Media Scouting

  • Our readers voted McInerney as the most impressive player thus far in our March poll.
  • “Without question, the selection of McInerney — one made possible by a trade with D.C. United — is a surprise as it represents a longer-term project for the Union than the two previous picks. At just 5-8, McInerney is better suited to a second striker role, and he has the ability to take players one-on-one in the attacking half.” (ESPN Soccernet)

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Player Profile: Stefani Miglioranzi

Posted on 23 March 2010 by stoma

 

Position: Midfield

Born: September 27, 1977

Birthplace: Pocos de Caldas, Brazil

Height: 6’1

Weight: 160

Previous Team: LA Galaxy

College: Iona College/St. John’s University

Salary: $125,000 (2010), $79,500 (2009)

International Pedigree: Portsmouth – 1998-2002 (Football League Championship- England)

Swindon Town- 2002-2006 (Football League One – England)

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

MLS Stats

2010 with Philadelphia: 26 games, 25 starts, 2,097 minutes

2009 with Los Angeles: 23 games, 1719 minutes

2007-2008 with Columbus: 37 games, 3 goals, 3 assists

2006 with Los Angeles: 3 games

Media Scouting Report

  • [Miglioranzi] was used primarily in the center of midfield this season, playing in front of an LA defense that allowed just 31 goals this season, exactly half the number of goals that they had allowed in 2008.  (The LA Galaxy Official Blog)

 

Did you Know?

  • Stefani has celebrated championships both as an amateur and a professional: he was a member of 1996 NCAA Champion St. John’s University and 2008 MLS Cup winner Columbus Crew (in which Union teammate Alejandro Moreno opened the scoring in the eventual 3-1 victory over the New York Red Bulls in the Final).
  • Although he made his MLS debut in 2006, Stefani was originally drafted into the league in 1999 by the Chicago Fire.  Miglioranzi was a 3rd round pick, but instead elected to sign with Portsmouth in England before his eventual return to the MLS.
  • From the man himself (on coming to Philadelphia): “I was really taken back by how pretty the skyline is, and how beautiful downtown is.”  (The Philadelphia Inquirer)

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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”

Fan Scouting Reports

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Former Player Profile: Dave Myrie

Posted on 21 March 2010 by Breton Bonnette

Position: Defender

Born: June 1, 1988

Hometown: Puerto Viejo Limon, Costa Rica

Height: 6′1″

Weight: 175

Previous Club: Chicago Fire

Salary: N/A

Status: Senior International

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

Released: After 78 minutes with the club in one appearance, the Union released Myrie on March 30, 2010

Stats

2008-2009 with Alajuelense: 16 games, 0 goals, 0 assists

2007-2008 with Puntarenas: 12 games, o goals, o assists

International: Has featured on several levels of the Costa Rican youth national teams, most notably in the 2007 U-20 World Cup

 

Media Scouting Report

“He’s a guy that I think has got some potential to play in this league. I think athletically he’s a handful and technically he’s pretty decent, he’s got decent feet. Now it’s just a matter of getting him into our environment and for him start to adapt to a new language, new culture, new league, and the pace of the game and just getting up to speed with that. I think once he does that then I think he’ll be okay but it’s going to take time” – Former Chicago Fire head coach, Denis Hamlett

Did you know?

Dave is the younger brother of Costa Rican international Roy Myrie who plies his trade with K.A.A. Gent of the Belgian Jupiler League.

Myrie spent some time with Cadiz of the Spanish Third Division, never seeing first-team action.

Myrie loves surfing.

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Player Profile: Danny Mwanga

Posted on 20 March 2010 by Breton Bonnette

Position: Forward

Born: July 17, 1991

Hometown: Kinshasha, DR Congo

Height: 6′2″

Weight: 175

Previous Club: Oregon State

College: Oregon State

Salary: $100,000 (2010)

Status: Senior International/Generation Adidas

How acquired (Union): Drafted in the 1st Round (1st Pick) of the 2010 MLS Superdraft

Stats

2010 with Philadelphia: 24 games, 17 starts, 7 goals, 4 assists

2008-2009 with Oregon State: 29 games, 18 goals, 2 assists

 

Media Scouting Report

“I think he has a soccer brain. He reads the game very well, and he plays like he’s thinking about the game a little bit faster than anybody else” – Piotr Nowak, Philadelphia Union Head Coach

Great story on Danny from ESPN Soccernet’s Leander Schaerlaeckens

“He’s actually a better passer of the ball than a goalscorer. He can make plays by slipping others in. When you have a player of that caliber, he’s going to make plays” – Steve Simmons, Oregon State Head Coach

“Big, fast, and a suave finisher, he is, if some of the press is to be believed, as polished and pro-ready as it gets. I’m withholding some judgment, just because it’s hard to imagine anyone matching this hype. But I’m sure the league will feel his impact. Big time” – Greg Lalas, Goal.com

Did  you know?

Danny moved to the United States in 2006, only four years ago. His Mom arrived in 2001 from Kinshasha but wasn’t able to bring her family over until 2006.

In his only year of high school soccer at Jefferson High School, Mwanga apparently scored over 50 goals in 9 games!

Played with Real Salt Lake’s U-18 squad making a big impression at an international tournament in Spain.

Piotr Nowak took a trip out West to convince Mwanga to forgo looking abroad for professional soccer opportunities. Nowak’s gamble worked and Mwanga verbally signed with the Union as the #1 pick in the 2010 MLS Superdraft.

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