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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: 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.

Fan Scouting Reports

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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

Stats

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.

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Former Player Profile: Shea Salinas

Posted on 09 March 2010 by Breton Bonnette

 

 

Position: Midfielder (outside)

Born: June 24, 1986

Hometown: Lubbock, Texas

Height: 5’10”

Weight: 150

Previous Clubs: San Jose Earthquakes, Philadelphia Union

College: Furman University

Salary: $40,000 (2010), $36,300 (2009)

How acquired (Union): Acquired via expansion draft on November 25, 2009

Selected in the second round (15th overall) of the 2008 MLS SuperDraft by San Jose

Where is he now?: Selected in the 2010 Expansion Draft by the Vancouver Whitecaps.

Stats

2010 with Philadelphia: 17 games, 1 goal

2004-2007 with the Furman University: 77 games, 14 goals, 21 assists

Media Scouting Report

“He has shown the ability to get around the corner with speed and exceptional dribbling ability. He has the ability to play in the first year” Joe Mauceri, Pro Player Pipeline

“Shea Salinas is a fast wide midfielder. Tremendous confidence to get around the corner. Combines well (at the combine – ha ha ha, sorry). Reminds me of Eric Avila. Salinas was advised not to play at the combine because he supposedly broke a bone in his face, recently. Pretty gutsy” – Joe Mauceri, Pro Player Pipeline

Serious pace and energy on the wing. Up and down all day, goes by defenders almost at will with speed. Not the trickiest dribbler but good enough feet to play in MLS. If you want pace wide this is your guy. – Buzz Carrick, 3rd Degree

 Did  you know?

Sorry girls, Shea was just recently married (January 2010), spending their honeymoon in Saint Lucia.

Originally from Texas, Shea – believe it or not – was also an accomplished runner having run the mile in the mid 4:20s range and the two-mile in 9:50s (that’s sub 5 a mile for two!). Has also run 16:30s for a 5k (5:20/mile).

Furman University also helped to shape the game of the one and only Clint “Deuce” Dempsey. Shea hopes to follow his tracks to international stardom. Salinas also came into the league with current Wizard Jon Leathers.

He played 16 games with the Carolina Dynamo [PDL] scoring 7 goals in the process.

His full name is Robert O’Shea Salinas.

Shea’s younger brother Kobi is a well-regarded diver (CAA Diver of the Year) at UNC-Wilmington, as well as an accomplished singer (though he might not have furthered his musical talents at UNCW). (Damn, they look alike)

Living with his wife, Julie, in Center City (also a Furman alum) right across the street from the Convention Center.

Fan Scouting Reports

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See our post-Expansion Draft interview with Shea.

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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.

Stats

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.

Fan Scouting Reports

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Former Player Profile: Toni Stahl

Posted on 04 March 2010 by Breton Bonnette

 

Rookie midfielder Toni Stahl, eyes up, surveying the field

Position: Defender/Midfielder

Born: May 11, 1985

Hometown: Tuusula, Finland

Height: 6′3″

Weight: 180

Previous Club: University of Connecticut

College: University of Connecticut

Status: Senior International

Salary: $40,000 (2010)

How acquired: Drafted 17th (2nd Round) by in the 2010 MLS SuperDraft

Stats

2010 with Philadelphia: 1 game, 1 start, 41 minutes

2006-2009 with the University of Connecticut: 79 games, 2 goals, 9 assists

International: Capped at various levels of Finland’s youth national teams

Media Scouting Report

“With Stahl, we are looking at a monstrosity in the midfield, a talented player who can probably start immediately, and a home nation that will surely lead to some amusing songs. Another advantage with Toni is he’s likely to be around for a while. But at age 24, Toni is unlikely to improve” – WVHooligan.com

“Stahl may have been the protector of a very good defense, but he was not forceful enough to legitimately throw his name into this hat” – J.R. Eskilson, Goal.com

“Strong, smart, tall (6-foot-3) and technically sound, Stahl is widely-regarded as the most polished defensive midfielder. The Finland-born midfielder has signed a deal with MLS and can solidify his place as the most highly-regarded senior with a strong MLS Combine. He could also answer some questions about whether he can provide the tough tackling and physical presence teams look for in the middle” – Ives Galarcep, Soccer by Ives

Did you know?

Will be the first Finnish player in Major League Soccer since Simo Valakari left FC Dallas in 2006.

Is one of two UConn players on the squad, the other being defender Shavar Thomas.

Homesickness and culture shock almost led Stahl to leave the University of Connecticut and head back to his native Finland after only a year in Storrs.

If the international level ever comes calling, don’t expect Stahl to shed his Finnish heritage for the Stars and Stripes. He has announced on several occasions that he plans to play for Finland.

Fan Scouting Reports

This kid is the real deal, and will be mentioned many-a-time here, most likely due to his insane prowess in the game of soccer and the goals that are sure to come this year. He is a dirty defensive center midfielder with a knack for doing everything right”Husky Nation

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Former Player Profile: Shavar Thomas

Posted on 02 March 2010 by Breton Bonnette

Position: Defender

Born: January 29, 1981

Hometown: Hannah Town, Jamaica

Height: 6′1″

Weight: 195

Previous Club: Chivas USA

College: University of Connecticut

Salary: $145,000 (2010), $104,500 (2009)

How acquired: Drafted by the Union on November 25, 2009 in the Expansion Draft

Originally drafted 10th (1st Round) by the FC Dallas in the 2003 MLS SuperDraft

Where is he now?: Playing for the Kansas City Wizards

Stats

2010 with Philadelphia: 1 game, 35 minutes

2007-2009 with Chivas USA: 63 games, 0 goals, 0 assists

2004-2006 with Kansas City: 76 games, 2 goals, 1 assist

2003 with FC Dallas: 15 games, 1 goal, 0 assists

International: Debuted for the Jamaican National Team in 1999, 17 caps, 0 goals

Media Scouting Report

“A natural leader, Thomas has represented the country at all official age group levels and has always commanded the respect of his peers but appears to struggle to get the same from successive head coaches” – Jamaican Football Federation

“A tower of a centerback who lost his starting job late in the year for Chivas USA, but who still boasts great size and a mean streak. He boasts 142 career starts and should be penciled in as a starter from day one” – Ives Galarcep, Soccer by Ives

“Sticking with the defensive mentality, Nowak chose Jamaican international Shavar Thomas  to be the centerpiece of the back line, giving the team a ball winning center back to build around” – Allen Ramsey, Goal.com

“Strong in the air, Thomas will prove to be another big target for the Galaxy on set pieces, a point that he illustrated last season when he scored with a header off a corner kick against the Galaxy” – LA Galaxy MLS Net Bio

Did you know?

Shavar was traded to Los Angeles in 2007 but was shipped immediately to their rivals Chivas USA for a 2nd round draft pick, heading to the playoffs in three straight seasons with the Goats.

After averaging less than 2 games a year for the Reggae Boyz, Shavar is now serving as their captain.

Since 2009, Akon is Shavar’s favorite rapper. I wonder if that still stands…

Shavar played at UConn with two former MLS standouts, Chris Gbandi (FC Dallas) and Damani Ralph (Chicago), Both Gbandi and Ralph went on to play overseas, Ralph is now on trial with Chicago.

Shavar was one of four Jamaicans on the 2001 team that won the Big East Regular Season Championship.

Fan Scouting Reports

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