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One Up, One Down: Noone Signed, Perk Waived

Posted on 31 July 2010 by stoma

J.T. Noone officially joins the team as of yesterday, confirming what most around the team already knew.  Fans, of course, saw Noone appear for the Union in the Celtic FC friendly just over two weeks ago.  But he has been training with the Union for the better part of four months and had seen extensive action with the Union’s USL-2 affiliate, the Harrisburg City Islanders.

Noone now stands alone as the only local product to be a part of the big club.  The 22-year old may find the speed of the MLS game to be a bit quicker than he’s accustomed to, but his youth will not stick out on this Philadelphia squad, which is littered with teens and those in their early twenties.

Pursuant to the policies of both the MLS and the Philadelphia Union, the terms of the deal were not disclosed.

In other news, although Brian Perk was fast becoming a fan favorite, the Sons of Ben and other Union supporters will now have to follow him from afar or, worse, fear him coming back to haunt the team.  Perk was released yesterday in a move surrounded by zero fanfare, almost as if the club did not want to face the backlash from the passionate fan base.  Sure, cutting the 3rd keeper is not a particularly unusual move, but this one came out of nowhere.  After electrifying the crowd in the 2nd half of the Celtic FC friendly, Perk played a bit unevenly and gave up the sole goal against Manchester United.  He also got into a tiff with captain Danny Califf over a ball that lingered around the edge of the box, but it’s hard to imagine that was anything more than two players in the heat of battle making sure nothing went unnecessarily wrong.

The just-turned 21-year old seemed to be on the rise, but his star will have to shine elsewhere.  For the time being, no other goalkeeper signing has been announced, so we’ll see if there is a veteran in the wings or the team is just comfortable with two keepers, which is a bit unorthodox.  For now, though, all we have is speculation, so stay tuned.

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Philadelphia Union vs. Celtic FC: Player Ratings

Posted on 16 July 2010 by stoma

GK Brad Knighton (5.5)- First start in live action for the Union.  Looked a little skittish early, but seemed buoyed by the fact that he was getting touches in non-pressure situations through the 1st half.

LB Jordan Harvey (6.5)– Celtic appeared to be shutting down the left flank by strategy, perhaps as a result of scouting tape of the Union prior to the match.  Seemed frustrated in the 1st half by the lack of touches and buildup coming through him.  Frustration culminated in a hard challenge to the back of a Celtic attacked in the midfield that earned him a caution in the 37th minute.

CB Cristian Arrieta (6)- Looking more comfortable paired with captain Danny Califf, continued to press closer to the attackers instead of giving space to get comfortable and create. Solid game.

CB Danny Califf (6.5)- Not a lot of action for the central defenders through the 1st half.  Looked a bit shaky on a clearance approximately 30 meters away, but nothing too dangerous came of it.  In the 2nd half, however, the captain really shined.  Early on, with the other 6 field players replaced with youth and only the regular back four intact,

RB Michael Orozco Fiscal (5.5)- Played well on the offensive end when he received the ball in space, but still does not look particularly comfortable pressing up from the fullback position.  Despite his misgivings or lack of natural instinct, he joined the attack in earnest in the limited chances the Union were able to create in the 2nd half.

MID Fred (6)- Really enjoys playing alongside midfielders he can count on to perform holding duties so that he can concentrate on linking the attack, getting into a dangerous position himself, and creating.  Hopefully, we’re beginning to see a shape Piotr Nowak and staff can count on to produce more goals in the last two-thirds of the season.

MID Eduardo Coudet (6)- Making his first appearance in a Union uniform. Played aside Miglioranzi in the center of the diamond the 4 midfielders form.  Seemed a bit uneven at the outset, laying off and going for long balls instead of maintaining the buildup, but showed patience when he found himself in space just atop the penalty box.  He managed to hold the ball just long enough to allow Sebastien Le Toux to find space along the defensive line, then put the ball through beautifully to put Seba in for the game’s only goal.  At 35, not sure what promise this journeyman shows as part of a developing franchise, but on this night, he looked to be a stabilizing force.

MID Stefani Miglioranzi (5.5)- Whether with Jacobson, as we had seen in the prior couple of matches, or tonight with trialist Eduardo Coudet, looks incredibly solid when paired with another pure holding midfielder.  The team really takes shape when it’s Migs and another true central midfielder in the middle of the diamond.

MID Roger Torres (5.5) – Lively and energetic, but didn’t really get a chance to produce anything before being injured, carried off the field and subbed for in the 44th minute.   The way he was working channels leads one to believe that he may have created something had he been able to stay on the pitch.

FWD Danny Mwanga (5.5)- The nightmare continued, as he had two consecutive chances early on that were shut down by opposing keeper Dominic Cervi.  As was also the case against San Jose, his touches intended for others around the area were somewhat lacking.

FWD Sebastien Le Toux (6.5) – Was able to find space early, seemed a bit more patient despite the frustration he faced against San Jose last time out.  Paid off in the 23rd minute when he sat level with the center back before receiving a pass from trialist Eduardo Coudet, shaking goalkeeper Dominic Cervi with a hard cut right, and putting it home to open (and close) the scoring.


MID Andrew Jacobson (6)– Came on for injured Roger Torres in the 44th minute.  Looked eager to shoot; unfortunately, he may have been the only one, as the offense sputtered with the most inexperienced group on the pitch for the 2nd half.

GK Brian Perk (6.5) * ASN PHILLY MAN OF THE MATCH *- Came on at halftime for his first appearance of the season, and only managed to completely electrify the crowd while withstanding a late barrage of shots when Celtic’s pride came to life. First impressions are often the most lasting, and we could be seeing the makings of a fan favorite here.  Showed the decisiveness that Chris Seitz lacked at the start of the season right from his first minute.  We join everyone else in waiting with baited breath for his next appearance.

FWD Nick Zimmerman (5.5)- Came on at halftime.   Looks natural at the top of the attack and very apparently enjoys the space he finds.  However, like most of the young attacking talent, he lacks the creative final touches and passes

FWD Jack McInerney (5.5)- Came on at halftime and showed that, despite his youth, showed that he is already the most polished of the teen contingent this side of Danny Mwanga.  Him and practice partner Nick Zimmerman featured some solid combos but were unable to work the final pass to get through to a real chance.  Jack Mac continues to impress.

MID Amobi Okugo (5)- Came on at halftime and looked the most comfortable of the young midfielders.  Presumably, these gentlemen have been working together steadily on the practice field, and Okugo appeared most ready to make that translate over to live game action.

MID Toni Stahl (4)- Came on at halftime and reprised his First Kick cameo, featuring several reckless slide tackles that eventually drew him a yellow card followed by a second and his second sending off in as many appearances for the Union.  We’d be surprised to see Stahl step on the field in a Philadelphia uniform again anytime soon, if ever.

MID JT Noone (5.5)- Came on at halftime for his first appearance in a Philadelphia uniform (or that of any MLS team, for that matter)  Appeared to have some difficulty adjusting to the speed of the game and got knocked off the ball a few times, but the natural talent is evident and here’s hoping we see more of this kid soon.

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Former Player Profile: Brian Perk

Posted on 12 March 2010 by Breton Bonnette

Is that Brian Perk actually liking fitness?

Position: Goalkeeper

Born: July 21, 1989

Hometown: Rancho Santa Margarita, California

Height: 5′11″

Weight: 175

Previous Club: UCLA

Current Club: Los Angeles Galaxy (signed 8/4/2010)

College: UCLA

Salary: N/A

Status: Generation Adidas

How acquired (Union): Selected in the fourth round (49th overall) of the 2010 MLS SuperDraft


2006-2009 with UCLA: 61 games, 16 shutouts, 1.01 GAA, overall record of 29-18-12

Media Scouting Report

“Brian Perk has the look of a laid-back Southern California kid, but after speaking with him you realize he’s confident beyond his years” – Adam Hastings, Goal.com

“Smallish but athletic and brave goalkeeper who has impressed as a U.S. youth international. The success of RSL goalkeeper Nick Rimando, another quick but small goalkeeper from UCLA, should have teams looking past Perk’s lack of size and appreciating his ability and potential” – Ives Galarcep, Soccer by Ives

“Being the starting keeper for the U.S. U-20s at this year’s World Championships cost Perk five games midseason, but he still was named a second-team All-American and first-team All-Pac-10 for his play at UCLA. He led the Pac-10 this season with a 0.77 goals against average. Perk leaves UCLA, a school renowned for producing keepers, fourth on its all-time list with 241 saves, and he is a former U.S. U-18 and U-17. At 5-11, he is a touch on the small side for a top-tier prospect but remains a highly skilled keeper” – Buzz Carrick, ESPN Soccernet

“Brian Perk (Blue) – again scoreless – class of the GK; has been impressive; He’d be my second pick for Player of the combine; from 1/11/09 (+ ); continues to be highlight for goal keepers.  Hit a wind-assisted 75 yard set piece kick.  Has only conceded a PK in 1.5 games; from 1/09/10 (+); Solid keeper – best today.  Making good decisions” – Joe Mauceri, Pro Player Pipeline

Did  you know?

He is a fan of Michael Ballack (a player most USMNT fans love to hate) and Bayern Munich.

Perk was one of five UCLA Bruins taken in the 2010 MLS SuperDraft. Okugo and Nakazawa also landed with Philadelphia, Stephens with Los Angeles, David Estrada to Seattle.

Before and after the SuperDraft, Perk had options to sign abroad in Spain and Belgium. His biggest difficulty would have been the lack of an EU passport.

Trained with the Los Angeles Galaxy on several occasions in the past.

Was part of the U-17 IMG Bradenton Academy.

Has represented the US U-20s in not one, but two U-20 World Cups grabbing one game in 2007 and serving as the starter in 2009.

Fan Scouting Reports

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Here is our article on Perk post-Super Draft.

Also check out our other player profiles HERE.

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Union Spotlight: Meet Brian Perk

Posted on 22 January 2010 by Breton Bonnette

It was draft day and Brian Perk stepped out of his hotel to meet up with his father, nerves most likely fluttering as he prepared himself for the day that would decided his professional future in the U.S. Waiting for the rendezvous, Perk was blindsided by a cohort of chanting Philadelphia Union supporters, over 200 strong. Little did he know, he’d be shaking hands with those same supporters that night as he toured the city of Philadelphia as a new member of the Union. 

Even after that omen, Perk says landing in Philadelphia didn’t even cross his mind. As the first round concluded, then the second, then the third, the keeper simply wanted a home. A place to play what he loves. He knew he wanted a city, a place to explore, but “I had no clue. Philly is probably one of the last places I thought I’d end up because of the two guys they already had”. So at the start of the last round of the 2010 MLS SuperDraft, the 22-year old was blindsided yet again when Commisioner Don Garber announced, “And with the 49th pick of the 2010 MLS SuperDraft, the Philadelphia Union selects from UCLA, goalkeeper Brian Perk”.  Initially, he didn’t know what to think. It was a tough situation in Philadelphia. Chris Seitz, who Perk backed up at the 2007 Under-20 World Cup, is the heavy favorite for the starting position. Brad Knighton was taken from the New England Revolution  in the expansion draft and looks set to be his back up. But simply put by the well-spoken 20-year old and starting goalkeeper for the US U-20s at the 2009 U-20s World Cup,  “when it gets to the fourth round, you just want to get drafted”. 

Perk understands the situation now and is genuinely happy to be heading to Philadelphia. He’s already looking at places to stay with fellow UCLA teammate, Kyle Nakazawa in and around Center City. He has time as his first few weeks with the club will be spent in a hotel and in Greensboro, NC for the start of preseason. He will also be joined in preseason by other Bruins, #6 pick Amobi Okugo as well as league veteran Jordan Harvey. To add to the three new Bruins, however, there are three other SuperDraftees in McInerney, Mwanga, and Stahl, all vying for a spot in the squad’s inaugural roster. “It’s very nice to come in with those guys. It’ll make the transition a lot easier. There will be a hierarchy obviously – we’re the rookies, so it won’t be too different. I feel like it’ll be a little bit different because we’re coming into a new situation and basically everybody is, people don’t know each other. I feel like we’ll all be a little closer because everyone is in the same boat”.

How strange is this goalkeeping situation though? The Union have made it clear that they’re focusing on youth but three guys all under the age of 26 vying for a starting position in which the general saying is ‘the older, the better’? “It’s unique. It’s something I’ve never really heard of. It’s either the old goalkeeper or the young one. That’s usually how most teams are structured but if you look at it, we’re all very similar personality-wise in the way we like to do things. Although, I might not get the number one job. The training is going to be very, very good and high. It’s only going to push us all of us I think”. The training he’s talking about, of course, will be supplied by well-regarded former Maryland goalkeeping coach Rob Vartughian. The training of the trio will inevitably foster some healty, interpositional competition. Two guys, Perk and Seitz, come into preseason with youth national team and major international experience while Brad had the only real run of Major League Soccer experience last season when he filled in for an injured Matt Reis. None of this fazes Perk. “It’s going to be a battle. I’m not naïve, I know that Chris [Seitz] is, as of right now, the clear favorite right to get the job. I’m not just going to put up the white flag and give up. That’s not the way I work.  I’m just going to come in, work hard, and see where things lead”.

Perk realizes that no matter where he goes, as a young keeper, it’s going to be a dogfight. He looked abroad, finding options in Spain and Belgium but with the lack of an EU Passport, interest stayed pretty thin and options limited. Major League Soccer swept in with a “pretty good” deal which he was excited to accept. That kept his eyes purely on the SuperDraft. Upon recollection of his first thoughts after the Union selected him, Perk stated, “I was certainly not as enthused as I am now. The closer we get to preseason starting the more excited I am”. He flies out on Sunday morning to join his teammates for physicals and meetings on Monday, set to start a new chapter with new goals. “I think it’s good to set your goals high. I would like to compete for the starting job. To get a few games and, you know, get a chance. And in order to do that for me, I have to train well. And again, it’s a tough situation but the only real thing I can do is work hard. That’s generally how I’ve always approached things. I feel like, you know, if I do that I’ll get a shot. I want to do well, win as many games as I can, get to the playoffs. We’ve got quality. We’re young, but the guys that I know that are on the team and everyone I’ve talked to are very excited. None of us are burn out on the team and that happens in some places”.

Adaptation is the key as a rookie in Major League Soccer and it’s clear Perk will embrace that. Coach Nowak seems to have found guys willing to do just that – identify the challenge and fight for what they want and what their new team wants. Dealing with the whirlwind of emotion and detail that comes post-Draft and preseason, Perk has finally realized…

“I’m happy Philly is the place I wound up”

If you like this, check out Breton’s other interviews and Q&As with Shea Salinas, Amobi Okugo, and Nick Zimmerman

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