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Andrew Jacobson to join Seitz in Dallas, Union get draft pick

Posted on 18 February 2011 by Breton Bonnette

The Hoops are quickly snapping up Union players and this is one, as a Union fan, that’s tough to swallow. Jacobson featured in 25 games for the Union after being picked up in the 2009 Expansion Draft and is yet another victim of a crowded midfield. From time to time, he also appeared occasionally on the wings but with Okugo apparently having a great preseason, the acquisition of Brian Carroll, and a possible signing or two in the wings, it looks like Jacobson wasn’t in Nowak’s cards. The former Cal midfielder will join Chris Seitz and a Dallas squad that made its’ first MLS Cup appearance last season, losing to the Colorado Rapids in extra time.  In the trade, the Union have received Dallas’ 2nd round pick in the 2013 MLS SuperDraft.

Quite the roster turnover as Jacobson becomes the Union’s ninth player to be offloaded this offseason. He was also an original Union member (those taken in the 2009 Expansion Draft) as that list dwindles to four remaining – Zimmerman, Miglioranzi, Harvey, and Seb Le Toux.

Our verdict on the move? He fit the bill or at least was making progress in meeting Nowak’s expectations. A second round pick for 2013 isn’t enough for Jacobson unless you have someone waiting in the wings to be signed or are absolutely confident in those you have that the depth of the squad won’t be compromised. Jacobson seemed to be getting better as the year went on last season so, in ASN Philly’s eyes, Dallas got the best end of the deal in this one. Only time will tell however if we’re right.

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Photos from Union v Colorado Rapids at PPL Park

Posted on 14 August 2010 by tmclaughlin

The Union prepare to take on the Colorado Rapids

ASN Philly photographer Terry McLaughlin was on the field to capture some photos for you as the Union took on the Colorado Rapids on a beautiful afternoon at PPL Park.

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Photos from Union v Real Salt Lake at PPL Park

Posted on 12 August 2010 by tmclaughlin

Chris Seitz looks out on the field at PPL Park

ASN Philly Photographer Terry McLaughlin was on the field last night as the Union took on Real Salt Lake at PPL Park.  Make sure you check out the photos 94.1 WYSP radio host Danny Bonaduce dealing out the first kick of the match.  He certainly looked excited to be on the field with the Union!

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Philadelphia Union vs. Real Salt Lake: Player Ratings

Posted on 12 August 2010 by stoma

Man of the Match


Single-handedly kept the Union in the game after being abandoned by his defense on the equalizer.  In the 2nd half, Seitz came up monstrously big and ended the game with 4 saves, none of them of the garden variety.   While he still doesn’t have his first clean sheet of the season, this is the first time we can honestly say he deserved one.  We’ve been asking for Seitz to step up and carry the team; tonight, he did it.

LB Jordan Harvey (5)- A game of conflicts for Harvey, as he stayed back more than usual while Orozco-Fiscal got the call to press up tonight.  Late in the game, Piotr Nowak had to implore Jordan to push higher as the Union drove for a winning goal.  A highly intelligent player, Harvey can be guilty on occasion, such as tonight, of thinking too much and not relying on his instincts.

CB Danny Califf (4.5)- Straight up embarrassed in allowing the equalizer in the 17th minute by Fabian Espindola, who tore through him and easily slotted one past a helplessly exposed Seitz.  When the captain should be bowing up when his team takes the early lead, that’s two consecutive games where 1-0 leads have turned into 1-1 draws going into the half.   Califf, as has been the case too often this season, responded to his gaffe by making panicky clearances the rest of the way.  Throw in the general shakiness on balls in the air, and we have a third consecutive poor game from the captain.

CB Juan Diego Gonzalez (5.5)- His first appearance for the Union on Sunday displayed that he needs to be on the field at the back for this team.  His second appearance validated that belief, as he was the stabilizing force in front of Seitz that Danny Califf once again proved incapable of being.  Let’s not forget that he played his role in conceding the equalizer, as he let a routine ball into his feet eat him up.  However, conversely from Califf, Gonzalez was able to rebound from the mistake and play solidly from that point forward.  Unlike Cristian Arrieta, Gonzalez has the confidence and polish to pick up that slack, as he showed tonight.

RB Michael Orozco-Fiscal (6)- Took on more of an active role tonight, as he got the call from the coaching staff to spend more time pushing up and on the ball from the fullback position.  When he got the ball at the back or in space, Orozco-Fiscal looked extremely comfortable holding, moving forward and picking out the right pass.  In addition, he handled his defensive responsibilities almost flawlessly, A complete game from the burgeoning staple in the lineup.

MID Justin Mapp (5)- Mapp managed to disappear for the most part tonight, as he did not play an integral role in any significant buildup or any real chance.  Fitness may still be a factor since coming over from Chicago, as Piotr Nowak saw fit to remove him for Roger Torres in the 56th minute.

MID Kyle Nakazawa (5)- Still not the strongest defensively, but using his talents to get forward, having a strong shot off a pass from Danny Mwanga that Kyle Reynish managed to stop.  Kudos to Piotr Nowak for realizing that Nakazawa is not interchangeable with Stefani Miglioranzi, and all credit to Nakazawa to adapting his role to accentuate his strengths.   It must also be mentioned that, the defensive struggles in the midfield notwithstanding, Kyle did make several key clearances in the final third.  Came off for Amobi Okugo in the 63rd minute.

MID Eduardo Coudet (6)- With Miglioranzi still out, Coudet has been asked to be the reliable rock in the center of the midfield diamond and he has responded admirably, recognizing the need with the current personnel to drop back more and allow the other midfielders to control the ball on the attack.  Sure, he may be somewhat limited in that it appears he can only play offensively or defensively in a particular game, and never both, but there is something to be said to staking out a role for a single game and doing the job exceptionally well.

MID Fred (5.5)- Along with Mapp, didn’t play a major role in this game as the attacking tactics favored longer services and quick, timed releases from the strikers.  Unlike Mapp, however, Fred was still able to play a role in the attack, making several well-timed forays into the area when Le Toux would split out wide and wait for the chance to cross.  Ultimately removed for Andrew Jacobson in the 81st minute.

FWD Sebastien Le Toux (6.5)- Showing once again why he is a viable MLS MVP candidate, Seba continues to do it all for this team.  His 8th assist of the season puts him at an even point per match average, puts him in the top 3 for assists in the league and puts him staunchly in the race for most points in the MLS this season with 13 games to go.  And all that is without mentioning how pretty the assist on the Danny Mwanga goal was: receiving a long Jordan Harvey throw and knowing he had Mwanga streaking on a timing pattern, he quickly turned away and flicked the ball with exquisite touch directly into Mwanga’s path, putting him clear in on goal.  The rest of the way, Le Toux more or less created or was on the end of every chance the Union had, unfortunately coming up short.  Still more evidence, however, that he is the engine that makes this team run.

FWD Danny Mwanga (7)- Back after missing three games due to injury, the frontrunner for MLS Rookie of the Year continued to bolster his case with his 6th goal of the season , a calm finish off a beautiful Le Toux flick-on to give the Union an early 1-0 lead.  In addition, he showed off his developing interior touch with a slotted ground pass from the endline out to the top of the area for Kyle Nakazawa, who had his blast saved by Kyle Reynish.  Not a perfect game, as he certainly let a couple of chances go by the wayside, most notably a clear chance to take on the keeper 1 v. 1 in the 62nd minute that was erased after a heavy first touch put the ball into Kyle Reynish’s clutches.  However, his strength continues to improve, as a couple of hard turns on defenders playing him close followed by ignition of the burners forced hard fouls from the defense and free kicks from dangerous position.  Mwanga is really beginning to show how he can effect a game in ways other than his scoring. He has Nowak impressed at his development over the past three months.

MID Roger Torres (5)- Came on for Justin Mapp in the 56th minute for his first appearance on the pitch in an MLS game since July 10 against San Jose and overall since July 14 against Celtic F.C., when he badly sprained his right ankle.  Showed that he has the creativity and elusiveness, but still unsure of where to go with the ball once he gets by his man.  Still, good to see the youngster at full speed once again. 

MID Amobi Okugo (5)- Came on for Kyle Nakazawa in the 63rd minute as the more versatile option in the midfield and showed why the promise is so high for the 19-year old.  Looking more and more comfortable on the ball with each passing appearance, Okugo is starting to build the confidence to let his immense talent show.  For now, it’s still in the form of teasing flashes of brilliance, but watching the ease with which he moves displays his potential obviously to anyone watching.

MID Andrew Jacobson (N/A)- Came on for Fred in the 81st minutes.  Took a couple of long, strong shots, but ultimately did not impact the game significantly in his 14+ minutes.

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Former Player Profile: Chris Seitz

Posted on 07 March 2010 by Breton Bonnette

Position: Goalkeeper

Born: March 12, 1987

Hometown: San Luis Obispo, California

Height: 6′3″

Weight: 236

Previous Clubs: Real Salt Lake, Philadelphia Union

College: University of Maryland

Salary: $100,000 (2010)

How acquired (Union): Acquired by trade, allocation money to Real Salt Lake on November 25, 2009 (reportedly $200k)

Selected in the first round (4th overall) of the 2007 MLS SuperDraft by Real Salt Lake

Where is he now?: Selected in the inaugural 2010 Re-Entry Draft by the Seattle Sounders. Promptly traded to FC Dallas.


2010 with Philadelphia: 23 games, 5-12-6 as a starter, 1.80 Goals Against Average

2005-2006 with the University of Maryland: Combined 28-5-3 record with 16 of those 36 games as shutouts, averaged less than 0.75 goals against per game

International: Capped at various levels of the US Youth National Teams, backed Brad Guzan up at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, starting keeper at the U-20 World Cup in Canada

Media Scouting Report

“A big, aggressive goalkeeper who commands the attention of opposing players when they enter into his area, Seitz earned his status as the top choice goalkeeper for the U-23s through hard work and leadership on the field” – TeamUSA.org

“A good goalkeeper, which Chris Seitz is, will keep you in the game, will win games for you. This time he kept us in the game and got us the point. He was pretty huge for us today” – Thomas Rongen, US U-20 Head Coach, 2007

“Additionally, I’m very familiar with Seitz and I think he’s going to be special (though he needs to work on his foot work)” – Joe Mauceri, Pro Player Pipeline

Did you know?

Philadelphia Union Goalkeeping Coach Rob Vartughian coached Seitz at the University of Maryland as well as with Coach Piotr Nowak’s Olympic squad.

When Seitz and Maryland won the College Cup in 2005, he was the first freshman to lead his team to the Championship since Brad Friedel did it in 1990.

Is the second-highest goalkeeper taken in the MLS Superdraft at 4th. Only Brad Guzan, who know plies his trade with Aston Villa in the EPL, was taken earlier (2nd).

Was named Gatorade’s High School Player of the Year in 2004.

His college teammates include (and it’s an impressive list) – Glasgow Rangers’ Maurice Edu, Columbus’ Jason Garey and Robbie Rogers, Los Angeles’ A.J. DeLaGarza and Omar Gonzalez, Kansas City’s Graham Zusi, D.C.’s Marc Burch, RBNY’s Jeremy Hall and Seattle’s Stephen King. Not bad.

Has played on loan on several occasions for the Cleveland City Stars and Portland Timbers.

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Union spotlight: Chris Seitz, the 22-year old veteran

Posted on 13 February 2010 by Breton Bonnette

Chris Seitz wasn’t fazed when he started for the University of Maryland in the College Cup final in 2005. The Terps won. He wasn’t rattled, either, when he was between the pipes for a strong US U-20 squad that upset Brazil in group play during the 2007 U-20 World Cup. The Yanks won. And even though he didn’t start at the MLS Cup, Seitz wasn’t fazed in contributing to what turned out to be a MLS Championship season for Real Salt Lake in 2009. So what makes you think he’d be anything but excited about going down in history as the first goalkeeper to start a match for the Philadelphia Union? If that ends up being the case come March 25th, he will be the youngest goalkeeper in Major League Soccer to ever do so.

He has the resume of a seasoned veteran and yet, it’s hard to fathom that the California native is only 22 years old. Coaching and an intense work ethic has fashioned that over the years. He plays older than he is, something that is a necessity for a position that can see the whole field, organize the defense, and ultimately requires pointed communication. He can also save a shot or two we hear. ASN Philly got the chance to chat with Seitz, the favorite for the Union’s number one jersey, about the preseason ‘dogfight’ ahead, his past Major League Soccer experience, and the support that Philadelphia has already displayed for both him and the Union.

ASN Philly: How has the first phase of training camp been going?

“It’s good, there obviously has been a lot of emphasis on getting fit down here as well as team bonding. Been touching the ball as of late so that’s always fun as a soccer player. It’s a long camp but at the same time it has gone by quick cause we’re getting a lot of training in”

ASN Philly: It’s clearly going to be a dogfight between you, Brad [Knighton], and Brian [Perk] but what are your thoughts on the strong possibility of being the first keeper in to start the first game ‘between the pipes’ for the Philadelphia Union?

“I think they did a good job in bringing in three young, competitive goalkeepers. It helps everyday with training.  It keeps us all on our toes and keeps us all fighting to become better. And, as a goalkeeper, that’s really all you can ask for. If it all plays out right and I’m given the number one jersey then I’ll obviously be very excited and very honored and do the best I can for the Union. But until then I gotta fight every day and earn that position. I’m looking forward to the battle and looking to continue it all the way through preseason”

ASN Philly: How has it been “reuniting” with former Maryland goalkeeping coach Rob Vartughian?

“It’s good. He coached me at Maryland and helped me in a very important time there. He helped me become a professional. It’s good to be back with him because it’s obviously a higher level with him and it’s good to see him again and get some good training. He’s a professional at his job and I just look to him to get better”

ASN Philly: Being the youngest trio of keepers in the league, have the veteran defenders shared any advice with defensive set-up, tactics, your play in general?

“We obviously have some seasoned veterans in the back. Danny [Califf] was over in Europe, Jordan [Harvey] has been in the league for quite a while, Shavar [Thomas] is not in yet but he’s obviously experienced as well. But at the same time, I think Brad [Knighton]and I have been in the league for the last three or four years and we’ve been through the ropes with Salt Lake and New England. We always have something to learn though. We’re obviously listening with open ears and all that but at the same time we bring in confidence and we bring in the idea of being there before.  So I think it’s a little mixture of both”

ASN Philly: What do you think you’ll be able to take from your experience as an “understudy” to Salt Lake keeper Nick Rimando?

“Nick Rimando is obviously a great goalkeeper. I trained hard everyday at Salt Lake and it was a battle for us. He’s a seasoned veteran and that’s what they were looking for at that position and that’s what they went with. He’s a great goalkeeper and I think I’ll take a lot from him. He has been there the whole time I had been there so I’ve been training with him for three years so I took a little bit here and there from him and it’s been good. I can hopefully bring that to my game and you can learn from all goalkeepers, bring a little of what they have to offer into your game and make yourself a more complete goalkeeper”

ASN Philly: You had been looking to get out of Salt Lake for some time before the trade to Philly. What was your initial reaction to the fact that the Union wanted to sign you?

“When Peter gave me a call and when Salt Lake brought me in and let me know the trade had gone down, I was obviously very excited. I left the team right after a Championship but, at the same time, it was important. Important for me to progress in my career, to find a new club to try and seek more playing time. It’s very important for me to get playing time, not just training. I was eager to find somewhere that I could hopefully go to and battle and play more games. When Peter gave me a call and said they had made a move for me, it felt good. But at the same time, it’s time to get down to training and earn a spot on this team just like anyone else. I’m excited for the opportunity”

ASN Philly:  Had there been any other contact with other clubs before Coach Nowak made the trade?

“It has been three years of being in this league and three years of not playing so there’s obviously been some clubs interested in trying to get me. I’m not going to say any names or anything like that cause obviously nothing ever came through. They could never finalize a deal and Salt Lake was happy with me and at some points, I was definitely happy to be in Salt Lake”

ASN Philly: There will be over 40 Sons of Ben and Union supporters present at the preseason match tonight vs. UNC, what does it mean to you to have this support (and this is just a tease of what’s to come) and how does it differ to the support you received in Salt Lake?

“It’s fantastic. I think all the guys are excited to hear that there are traveling fans to come to a preseason game in North Carolina. We obviously appreciate it and now we need to focus on giving them a good show, get down to work, and taking care of business on the field. We’re all very excited that they’d make the trip down. We never really had that sort of following with Salt Lake, it’s obviously a smaller community and environment but the Sons of Ben are a fantastic supporters group. We’re excited that they’re making the trip down”

ASN Philly: What are realistic expectations for the team this season? Expectations for yourself?

“I want to put the team first. I think what we want to do is come out and start off right. Obviously, we have quite a few road games in the beginning but we want to get off to the right start. It all starts here in preseason and we want to worry about getting the work in now because if we get the work in now and we play well now and we learn each other’s abilities and we learn each other’s movement then when the season comes it becomes a lot easier for us. So I think everyone of us is just worrying about putting the work in now and learning from each other and translating that to on the field”

Seitz on the left and rookie Toni Stahl, Photo courtesy of the Philadelphia Union

ASN Philly Reader Questions

@equusdraco said…What do you all do with your down time?

“I think a lot of guys are getting their feet up. Watching TV shows, playing cards, something that’s relaxing around the hotel. No one’s really getting out and traveling around because we have a lot training and a lot of work ahead of us so we’re really just staying in the hotel and hanging out. A lot of guys either play cards in their room, down in the lobby,or hang out and play the guitar. Quite a few guys play the guitar. So it’s a little bit of everything”

@Bryan_SoB asked…Who is the cardshark in the locker room?”

“Cardshark? It goes around. We haven’t been playing poker that much. we’ve been playing a lot more of 22 and different card games. So it varies. But definitely the veterans”

@equusdraco asked…Who controls the iPod in the locker room?

“Well, we’ve made a couple – at least my car has made a mixtape or two for the car rides to and from training. I was actually in charge of the first one but there’s been quite a bit of training so they might be looking for a second mixtape. We’ll probably give that job to someone else”

@equusdraco asked…What match are you looking forward to the most?

“The first match. Obviously, it’s a long ways away. That’s what all preseason is for, to get ready for that first match. So I think we’re all really excited take it our way. We’re all looking forward to Seattle, the first game, away”

@SoccerTwit…How does a goalkeeper’s approach change playing behind 3 in the back vs. 4?

“Keepers approach. With four in the back, it’s a more traditional line-up obviously. There’s more people in front of you so you’re more worried about getting everyone more organized and facing the ball. With three in the back, it’s more positional, more zonal, and you’ve got to worry about making sure everybody is in the right area and covering the right space. So that’s just one little thing. There’s obviously a lot that goes into a formation and a lot that a goalkeeper has to think about when formations change and so forth”

@MLisinPA…Who is the team comedian?

“I’d have to go with Sebastian [Le Toux]. He’s definitely very outgoing and very funny. He likes to sing and he likes to give a dance or two so we all enjoy it and he’s a really good guy. So it has been fun”

ASN Philly: Chris, thank you for the time and good luck today and with the rest of preseason. The Union will take on UNC-Chapel Hill today at 7PM.

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

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