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Former Union Player Update: Jacobson, Moreno, Zimmerman, and Chacho shine

Posted on 25 April 2011 by Breton Bonnette

In Major League Soccer

 

Courtesy of MLSSoccer.com

Andrew Jacobson (FC Dallas)

– Jacobson started and played all 90 minutes in a come from behind 2-1 win for FC Dallas in Vancouver, seen in match reports as one of the bright spots for Dallas in the match, picked up a yellow card for a reckless foul in the 66th minute

Chris Seitz (FC Dallas) – dressed but did not play in FC Dallas’ 2-1 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps

Alejandro Moreno (Chivas USA) – started and played the full 90 minutes in Chivas USA’s first win of the season, a 2-1 decision over San Jose at Buck Shaw Stadium, Moreno scored his second goal of the season, the equalizer in injury time of the first half

Shavar Thomas (Sporting KC) – played 12 plus minutes in a 3-2 loss to the New England Revolution, Thomas entered the game charged with helping the Kansas City defense to preserve a 2-2 at Gillette Stadium, the KC defense failed as a late Rajko Lekic goal gave New England the three points at home

Fred (DC United) – started and played all 90 minutes as DC United fell to earth at home losing 4-0 to a surging New York Red Bull squad led by Thierry Henry

Shea Salinas (Vancouver) – did not dress for Vancouver’s 2-1 loss to FC Dallas

Brian Perk (Los Angeles) – did not dress for Los Angeles’ 3-0 win over the Portland Timbers at the Home Depot Center, dressed but also did not play in the Galaxy’s Reserves 3-1 loss to Portland’s Reserve squad the next day

In NASL

Eduardo Coudet (Fort Lauderdale) – Coudet scored his second goal for the Strikers, another penalty kick converted this time in the 90th minute for the three points over a tough Atlanta squad, the veteran worked all 90 minutes in the win

Cristian Arrieta (Fort Lauderdale) – did not play in the Strikers 2-1 win over the Atlanta Silverbacks

Toni Stahl (Fort Lauderdale) – started and went the distance in the Strikers 2-1 win over Atlanta

Brad Knighton (Carolina) – started, played 90 minutes, and earned a shutout in a 2-0 win over FC Edmonton, was not required to make any saves even though Edmonton had 14 shots, none of which were on target, it was Knighton’s first shutout of the season

Nick Zimmerman (Carolina) – started and played the full 90 minutes in a 2-0 win over FC Edmonton as Carolina continues their domination of the NASL’s Canadian representatives, scored his FIRST goal for Carolina in the 76th minute to put Carolina up 2-0

Foreign-Based

Michael Orozco Fiscal (San Luis FC) – did not dress or play in the San Luis FC’s 3-1 victory over Santos Laguna in the Mexican Clausura, also did not play in San Luis FC’s 2-0 loss to Libertad in final Copa Libertadores Group Stage play, San Luis FC have failed to qualify for the second round

David Myrie (Limon FC) – Limon FC did not play this week, Myrie is fully recovered from a previous injury

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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

In NASL

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

Foreign-Based

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

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Episode 9: Nick Zimmerman becomes first MLS player to visit show, Philly beat-down x2, looking ahead to DCU…

Posted on 30 April 2010 by ASN Staff

Seeing Red! The New York Soccer Roundup

In our ninth podcast, we welcome our first ever MLS player to the show: Philadelphia Union second-year man (and former New York Red Bull) Nick Zimmerman discusses his new team, defends coach Peter Nowak’s antics and tells us a bit about the average day of an MLS player. Of course we also award “Bull” and “Cow” of the week, discuss the two wins over Philly, answer emails and more! Check it out! Please be advised the audio quality is horrendous again. Apologies for that. The kinks have been worked out and it should be crystal clear starting next week.

Seeing Red! is a collaboration of ASN’s Nathaniel E. Baker, Mark Fishkin of TheKinOfFish and Dave Martinez of RedBulls.TheOffside. For more information visit SeeingRedNY.com.

You can now subscribe to the show on itunes as well.

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Former Player Profile: Nick Zimmerman

Posted on 01 March 2010 by Breton Bonnette

Position: Midfielder/Forward

Born: May 3, 1987

Hometown: Tampa, FL

Height: 6’0″

Weight: 184

Previous Club: New York Red Bulls

College: James Madison University

Salary: $40,000 (2010), $20,100 (2009)

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

Originally drafted 44th (3rd Round) by the New York Red Bulls in the 2009 MLS SuperDraft

Stats

2010 with Philadelphia: 8 games, 1 start, 159 minutes

2009 with RBNY: 11 games, 0 goals, 0 assists

Media Scouting Report

Zimmerman’s balance of exuberance and poise in the middle gave supporters a sense of optimism for the future. He has a quick step, a good first touch and the rare ability as a youngster to find the open seam” – Dave Martinez, Red Bulls, The Offside

“Players like Jacobson, Knighton, Salinas and Zimmerman will determine whether the expansion draft reaps significant benefits or merely provides a stepping stone for a more perfect Union somewhere down the line” – Kyle McCarthy, Goal.com

Zimmerman is a fast and determined midfielder with an underrated shot and the drive to potentially develop into an impact player. He showed great promise in the middle of a terrible season for New York, but eventually fell out of favor later in the year. He’s definitely one to watch” – Ives Galarcep, Soccer by Ives

Did you know?

Nick has an “obsession with his shoes” – New York Times

He would like to use Major League Soccer, ideally, as a “stepping stone” – St. Petersburg Times

If he’s not playing soccer…he’s golfing. – ASN Philly

His favorite international club is Manchester United.

Zimmerman in college, playing for JMU.

Fan Scouting Reports

Submit your thoughts on Zimmerman below. Any we like, we’ll post here.

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Q&A with Nick Zimmerman

Posted on 01 December 2009 by Breton Bonnette

Nick Zimmerman

Rookie Nick Zimmerman was by many accounts the only positive figure in an otherwise desolate 2009 season. So what did the club do to reward his contributions? Leave him unprotected in the expansion draft of course! ASN’s new editorial team in Philadelphia caught up with the 22-year old and asked him about this and other issues. Read on here.

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Union spotlight: Q&A with Nick Zimmerman

Posted on 01 December 2009 by Breton Bonnette

Welcome to Philadelphia

Welcome to Philadelphia

It’s clear from his expansion draft selections that Piotr Nowak plans to build around a core group of highly touted Major League Soccer prospects: Shea Salinas from the San Jose Earthquakes, Andrew Jacobson from DC United, Dave Myrie from the Chicago Fire…don’t forget to add to that list Nick Zimmerman, a loss to Red Bull New York that has many in that team’s supporters section still scratching their heads.

Well-spoken and professional, the 22-year old winger was one of the only real bright spots for a wayward Red Bull New York squad in 2009. His appearance at mid-season caught many by surprise, displacing the likes of Dane Richards before Juan Carlos Osorio was let go. Stepping into the offseason, ASN Philly thought we’d give Union fans a preview of what is to come from the winger.   

What was your initial reaction to the news you were heading to Philadelphia? A bit surprised to be unprotected?

I was very excited when I heard Philadelphia had drafted me. I see this as a huge opportunity and great chance to continue to develop as a player.

At the end of the season, I knew there was some uncertainty about how the Red Bull organization was going to proceed. Then the Red Bulls sent me with two other players to train with their Salzburg team in Europe for three weeks. It was excellent training and because we were so busy and engaged I really didn’t have a chance to think much about the expansion draft. I realize at the end of the day it’s a business and I very grateful to the Red Bull organization for bringing me into MLS.

What do you see as the positives and negatives of heading into an expansion atmosphere?

I see only positives. Our players are hungry and we have a great technical staff. Ownership is making a huge investment. The city of Philadelphia is known for its loyal sports fans. It’s a great combination.

What are realistic expectations for the Union heading into the inaugural season?

We have seen expansion teams in MLS do very well in a short period of time – just look at Seattle. Also, my experience as a professional is limited so I can better speak to my own personal expectation and that is I am accountable for being prepared and doing everything I can do to help contribute to help the team win and that’s what I plan to do.

What have you heard about Coach Nowak? The Philadelphia Union organization?

I have heard real good things. Coach is a teacher and builder.. and a winner and winning is the bottom line in professional sports. I am very impressed with the investment that ownership has made in this team and it doesn’t get better than Philly as a sports city.

You came from a very successful but less known Division I program in James Madison, what were the positives and negatives of being in such a program?

I had a great coaching staff there that helped me develop as one of the team’s leaders. The school is also well regarded and I feel fortunate to have earned my bachelors degree from JMU. It was a great environment in which to be both a student and an athlete.

How frustrating was last season with the Red Bulls? The initial expectations must have been high coming in as 2008 MLS Cup finalists…in your opinion, what went wrong?

All of the players were very frustrated – nobody likes to lose. In general, professionals should always have high expectations. I was a rookie so I had very little background to evaluate or determine what was going on. My focus was on continuing to develop my skills, work as hard as I could and contribute in any position the coaches wanted me to play.

How do you feel your rookie season ended up?

I think, in general, professionals are never satisfied. I know personally I am at the age that I should be looking to continue to develop and improve. So I viewed my first season as just that – a starting point on which to improve and get better.

In your mind, what are your strengths and weaknesses as a player?

Please ask me this question again five years from now and I will have a much better answer for you. I know I was identified as an attacking player – I need to build on this. Obviously, as a rookie with eleven games played I don’t have much experience. So I need to make up for it by working harder.

What improvements are you looking to make this season?

Continue to improve overall conditioning, strength and skills. Generally, get better in every facet of the game.

What’s the plan in the offseason?

Live in the gym and when I’m not there train on the field. Working as hard as I can to get in shape and then keep building on skills.

What are your long-term goals as a player?

Develop as a player and leader and contribute in every way I can to a winning program.

Quick Picks:

Last concert you went to?

Lil Wayne.

Best away game atmosphere?

Seattle, New England, DC United, Toronto

Least favorite pitch to play on?

It seems like I’ve played on everything. In general, artificial turf seems to be a little harder on the legs.

Just from the list of new teammates, who are most interested in meeting?

Donovan McNabb. LOL, although Donovan looks like such a good athlete he probably would be a great forward. The whole team sounds good.

Nick Sakiewicz gives you the checkbook and says sign your ideal teammate, who would that be?

Messi is fun to watch as is Xavi as is .. most of the Barcelona players. Pick one.

If you are not playing soccer, you are…?

Golfing.

What are you most looking forward to in Philly?

Besides soccer, great fans and Philly cheesesteaks.

Who do you think should get the nod for new RBNY coach?

Richie Williams did a good job of generating points at the end of the year when he took over and deserves a look. If the club looks outside of the organization there are a bunch of big names. But don’t discount some of the good, young American coaches like John Hackworth, wait… he’s already ours and we’re not letting him go anywhere.

ASN Philly: Please join us in welcoming Nick into the Union. Along with Nowak’s other core prospects, it seems Nick is ready to do the work needed to find his way onto the field each time out. No disputing that. We look forward to catching up with him when he gets to Philly in early December.

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The definitive NYRB SuperDraft review

Posted on 17 January 2009 by arozsa

The 2009 edition of the New York Red Bulls has some holes to fill that probably cannot and will not be addressed in the SuperDraft. A starting centerback and another striking threat to play alongside Juan Pablo Angel would just be the beginning. However, with the Red Bulls playing in continental competition this year, Head Coach Juan Carlos Osorio has constantly been repeating his mantra of adding depth to his roster in order to deal with the added games next season. Given the restrictions of the salary cap, cheap Superdraft players, especially cap-exempt and talented Generation Adidas players, are the way to do this.

The Red Bulls had four picks this time around (11th, 18th, 29th, 44th), their most since 2004. And just in case I’ve already lost your attention, here is a quick list of some of New York’s better selections in the past five years.

Luke Sassano (32nd pick, 2008)
Dane Richards (19th pick, 2007)
Sinisa Ubiparipovic (33rd pick, 2007)
Marvell Wynne (1st pick, 2006)
Jozy Altidore (17th pick, 2006)
Seth Stammler (18th pick, 2004)
Michael Bradley (36th pick, 2004)
Jeff Parke (60th pick, 2004)
Ricardo Clark (2nd pick, 2003)
Eddie Gaven (12th pick, 2003)

Now, I’d love to compile a list of the Red Bulls recent unsuccessful draft picks, but I’d prefer to keep things positive. Gems can be found in the draft; some needing more polishing than others. How will the 2009 class measure up?

Jeremy Hall (11) – A member of Generation Adidas, Hall is a 20 year old, left-sided attacking player, who according to his college coaches is strong with both feet. Played three years at Maryland, and led the national champions in goals (14) and minutes played his final year. He had ankle problems his sophomore year, but was 100% for his junior year and it showed. He was a Member of the United States U-17 team that played in the U-17 World Cup, and attended Brandeton Academy. He is currently not a member of the U-20 player pool.

Comments: Coach Osorio met this young man on the plane going to the draft, but he was already in his mind, as the Red Bulls traded up in order to get a shot at either him or fullback Kevin Alston from Indiana. They got their man in Hall, and the timing seems right with left sided mainstay Dave van den Bergh being sent to FC Dallas.

Verdict: Budget-wise, this pick is brilliant. Van den Bergh’s salary is replaced on the roster by an exempt Generation Adidas contract. On the field, Hall seems like the perfect fit for Osorio’s system, which tends to keep the backline at home while all the running and crossing is done by the wide midfielders. The kid might be the perfect bookend to Dane Richards as the Red Bulls look to provide service to Juan Pablo Angel, but relying on a rookie to provide the consistency that the Dutchman brought throughout last season is asking a lot. Having Danleigh Borman to share the load will hopefully do enough to keep Osorio from moving Jorge Rojas out to the left. Look for Hall to make a splash early, then fade throughout the year, much like Richards did in his rookie year. If he can come back and be effective in year two, then the Red Bulls have struck gold.

Babajide Ogunbiyi (18) – Called “Jide” on the Santa Clara University roster, Ogunbiyi is a massive (6’4” , 205+ lbs ) 22-year old centerback who came into college as a forward. Jide was born in Rochester, NY, but was called in to try out for the Nigerian U23 squad.

Comments: Osorio clearly had to address the backline in the offseason, and with the loss of Jeff Parke and the disaster that was Gabriel Cichero, centerback was the biggest squad need. Jide had a terrific MLS combine performance, and there certainly won’t be any question of whether he can handle the physical play of MLS.

Verdict: Osorio demands his centerbacks be big and imposing, and Jide fits the bill. In recent memory, only Chad Marshall and Michael Parkhurst have come straight from the draft to be effective central defenders, and only Marshall was an Osorio prototype. Jide may well be a good central defender in a few years; in fact he might even be one by playoff time. But if Osorio wants a starter on opening day, he’d better get on a plane to South America with his checkbook firmly in tow.

Jack Traynor (29)
– A 21-year old left back out of Notre Dame, Traynor was part of an excellent Notre Dame backline that conceded less than a goal a game last season.

Comments: Osorio really doesn’t ask much of his fullbacks offensively, and even moves to a 3-back formation from time to time. This is a position that a rookie can certainly step in and help if they are a willing worker on the defensive end.

Verdict: If Osorio isn’t able to find another central defender, then erstwhile left back Kevin Goldthwaite is going to spend a lot of time playing in central defense. This could open up a spot for Traynor, and if he’s up for the task the Red Bulls will be a much better and deeper team for it. If he can prove he’s on the level of a solid Chris Leitch type player (curb your expectations with pick 29), then this will be terrific pick for the Red Bulls.

Nick Zimmerman (44) – A 22 year old midfielder from James Madison University, where he was named to the All-Conference and All-Region teams his senior year despite being part of a mediocre squad.

Comments: There’s not much out there about this kid, but given his size (6’-0 180), it’s a good bet that Osorio took the best athlete available and plans to see if he can make something out of him.

Verdict: Nobody expects anything out of pick number 44, and if he actually makes the roster he’ll be working part time at Starbucks on the contract they’ll give him (I hear they have better insurance anyway). However, in order to provide myself cover in case this kid turns out to be a world-beater, I will remind readers that New York once selected Jeff Parke with pick number 60, and wouldn’t it be nice to still have him in a Red Bull shirt come midseason?

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