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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


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


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


JT Noone

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Former Player Profile: Cristian Arrieta

Posted on 09 April 2010 by Breton Bonnette

Position: Defender

Number: 26

Born: September 18, 1979

Birthplace: Orlando, Florida

Height : 6’2″

Weight: 178

Previous Teams: Lecce, Puerto Rico Islanders (USL)

Salary: $60,000 (2010)

International Career: Puerto Rico international, 5 caps, 1 goal

How acquired (Union): Acquired on April 9, 2010 from USL-1 club, the Puerto Rico Islanders.


2010 with Philadelphia: 16 games, 15 starts

2008-2010 with Puerto Rico: 54 games, 17 assists, USL-1 MVP in 2009

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Puerto Rico’s Cristian Arrieta has officially signed with the Union

Posted on 04 April 2010 by Breton Bonnette

UPDATE (4/9/2010) – The Union have now officially confirmed the arrival of USL Defender of the Year Cristian Arrieta from the Puerto Rico Islanders. His International Transfer Certificate is apparently in hand and Arrieta could be ready to make his debut tomorrow. What better way to introduce Arrieta than to throngs of fans gathered outside City Hall for the Philadelphia Union Pep Rally? It looks like Arrieta could potentially get the start tomorrow which would put Orozco back at defensive midfielder.

Read below for information on Cristian Arrieta.


In what looks to be a firm upgrade from the likes of the youngster Dave Myrie, Nowak and the Philadelphia Union are set to sign right-back Cristian Arrieta from the Puerto Rico Islanders of USSF Division II (NASL/USL). Though Myrie did have few brief forays into the attack vs. Seattle on opening day, the 30-year old Arrieta has amassed 17 goals from the right-back position in only two full seasons. A great PK converter (several of his 17 were, in fact, PK conversions), relatively pacy, Arrieta could slot right into the starting 11.

The move has been confirmed via Twitter thanks to Primera Hora reporter Esteban Pagan, who covers the Puerto Rico Islanders beat. He was the first to confirm that Arrieta was on trial with the Union as well.

Cristian Arrieta me confirma que firmara hoy con la Union de Philadelphia de la MLS. Arrieta: “Los llevo en el corazon y espero regresar un dia. Yo quiero mucho a esa isla y la voy a echar mucho de menos”.

Piotr Nowak has definitely come out and said that he would like to sign the right-back but it had yet to be confirmed outright.

So with the addition of Arrieta, we could now see a back four (at 100%) looking like:


That, however, is assuming Nowak didn’t like Orozco in the midfield during game one. If Orozco gets another run out as a defensive midfielder, you can expect Harvey to take Orozco’s place.

For a better look at Arrieta…click on the link below. I specifically like the goal around :35. Very promising.

Cristian Arrieta MVP Highlight Reel

What do you think of the new signing? Still think we should have held onto Dave Myrie as a future prospect and understudy?

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Rumors: Puerto Rico’s Cristian Arrieta on trial with the Union

Posted on 29 March 2010 by Breton Bonnette

The 30-year old Puerto Rico Islander fullback has been training with the Union for some time now but – akin to the possibility of JT Noone and Radanfah Abu Bakr signing – there has been no contract offer as of yet apparently. Huge hat-tips to Big Soccer members intru and Luis Enrique #8.

Esteban Pagan, writer for Primera Hora in Puerto Rico, wrote on his Twitter account today:

BREAKING NEWS: Colin Clarke confirma que Cristian Arrieta se encuentra de tryout con el Union de Filadelfia (MLS)….

…pero esperan firmarlo si no consigue un espacio en el Union.

According to another source found by Luis Enrique #8, agent Robert Colosia divulged that – “Group C Sports Law client Cristian Arrieta is currently training with Philadelphia Union til Thursday; when he signs w MLS (2clubs) or PR”. Group C also has RBNY’s Luke Sassano on its’ client list. So it looks like we should have a decision on Arrieta by the end of the week. Many probably want to know…who is this guy?

We threw out our 5 best “bargain buys” from USL-1/NASL over three months ago and guess who topped our list? We had this to say about Arrieta then:

At 30, Arrieta is not getting any younger but the fullback sure can play. An offensive threat as well as a defensive stalwart, the Florida-born defender who grew up in Italy and playing his way up the Italian league chain has scored 17 goals in a little over 50 appearances for the Puerto Rico Islanders. He started with “home-town” teams in Italy, all Serie C1 and C2 before latching on with Serie B’s Lecce (a former Danny Dichio club). After playing only 7 games with Lecce, a new challenge awaited in Puerto Rico where Arrieta has since been a part of two All-USL-1 Teams of the Year. He was also named USL-1 Defender of the Year in 2008. Arrieta is probably the most attainable of the bunch listed but, without specifics, it’s tough to know for sure. In his two years of USL-1 soccer, Arrieta has done nothing but impress. I’d say it’s time for someone to give him the chance to do so on the next level.

It’s no Luciano Emilio talk but we’ll certainly keep you up to date.

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