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So long Jordan Harvey, a true original Zolo

Posted on 07 July 2011 by Breton Bonnette

Defender Jordan Harvey will join former Zolo Shea Salinas out in Vancouver after Piotr Nowak made a move for allocation money, prompting chatter about who his sights are set on once the transfer window opens on July 15th.

There will be an outcry from fans on this one as Harvey has been one of the most dependable and present players in the Union’s revamped backline this season. He was also an original, joining via the Expansion Draft held back in on November 25, 2009. It certainly signals, though, that Nowak either has his eye on a high-profile left back or that he trusts Keon Daniel and the Farfan twins to man the position while the Union add a creative playmaker to continue. The question is, however, why mess with a defense that is still among the league’s best? And between Harvey and right-back Sheanon Williams, both making roughly $100,000 combined, how much will it really free up?  

All told, this is going to be tough pill for Union fans to swallow as Harvey – though not flashy or full of flair at the left back position – was a player fans came to love on and off the pitch. Give us your thoughts? Angry Nowak is breaking up that back four? Excited for what he’s got up his sleeve next?

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Former Union Player Update: Salinas grabs two starts, Jacobson and Dallas have a big week

Posted on 17 May 2011 by Breton Bonnette

 Major League Soccer

Courtesy of MLSSoccer.com


Andrew Jacobson (FC Dallas) – worked 173 minutes last week in two FC Dallas wins, a 1-0 shutout of Toronto FC and a 2-0 win over his former team, the Union; he started both and was subbed out in the 83rd minute against Philadelphia; the two wins catapulted the Hoops into the mix in the Western Conference

Chris Seitz (FC Dallas) – dressed but did not play in either of FC Dallas’ wins last week;

Fred (DC United) – Fred was a late sub in DC United’s 1-1 tie with the defending champions; worked 10 minutes to help extend United’s three game unbeaten streak; captained the DC United side in a 1-0 reserve league win over the Philadelphia Union reserves today (5/17), played all 90 minutes

Shea Salinas (Vancouver) – started and went 72 minutes in a Whitecaps tie with San Jose; Salinas was off the field for the 90th minute equalizer scored by Davide Chiumiento; on Saturday Salinas started again versus New England and went the whole game in a 1-0 loss to the Revolution; despite the loss – Salinas earned praise for his dangerous play down the right flank

Alejandro Moreno (Chivas USA) – started and went the full 90 minutes in a surprising 3-2 away win over the New York Red Bulls

Shavar Thomas (Sporting KC) – did not dress in Sporting Kansas City’s 4-1 loss to the Los Angeles Galaxy

Brian Perk (Los Angeles) – did not dress for the Galaxy’s midweek trip to Philadelphia but dressed in their 4-1 win over Sporting Kansas City; backed up Josh Saunders 


Brad Knighton (Carolina) – followed up his Defensive PLayer of the Week honors with two important wins, a 4-2 home victory vs. Eduardo Coudet and the Strikers and a surprising 2-1 win over Montreal at Saputo Stadium;

Nick Zimmerman (Carolina) – started both games and went 90 minutes in each of Carolina’s aforementioned wins; the Railhawks now sit on top of the NASL tables with a 5-1-1 record
Eduardo Coudet (Fort Lauderdale) – missed the Strikers 4-2 loss to Brad Knighton and Carolina as Fort Lauderdale ended their four game away swing
Toni Stahl (Fort Lauderdale) – started for the strikers in their 4-2 away loss to Carolina; another scheduled game for Saturday vs. FC Tampa Bay was postponed and rescheduled for late June
Cristian Arrieta (Fort Lauderdale) – Arrieta earned his first competitive minutes for the Strikers in the 4-2 loss to Carolina; the former Union defender came on in the 80th minute as the Strikers tried to fight back from a defecit

JT Noone (Harrisburg) – signed on May 5, 2011, Noone worked 8 minutes in a 1-1 tie against Richmond this past Saturday; should eventually get more minutes as he settles in


Michael Orozco Fiscal (San Luis FC) – the Mexican Clausura playoffs continue without San Luis FC, still no word on Orozco Fiscal and his future but one can be sure it’s not with San Luis

Dave Myrie (Limon FC) – Myrie may have a chance to head to Copa America 2011 this summer with the Costa Rican national team; the Ticos have yet to accept the Copa America invitation but due to his recent inclusion into the international friendlies, there’s a good chance Myrie will go. If not, there’s always the Gold Cup. The Ticos plan is to send a Senior Team to the Gold Cup in June and a U-23 team to Copa America with a couple scattered senior players.

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Former Union Player Update: A great week for former Zolos, Moreno the star

Posted on 03 May 2011 by Breton Bonnette

In Major League Soccer

Andrew Jacobson (FC Dallas) – FC Dallas beat Los Angeles 2-1 as Jacobson recorded his first point for the Hoops, an assist on their first goal, he featured in all 90 minutes and seems to have solidified his position in Hyndman’s starting XI

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

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Alejandro Moreno (Chivas USA)

started and played the full 90 minutes in Chivas USA’s 3-0 shutout of the New England Revolution, Moreno put in a Man of the Match performance registering two assists on the opening goals before providing the icing on the cake with the third and final goal, it was his third goal of the season (3 goals, 2 assists), being called the catalyst of Chivas USA’s attack

Shavar Thomas (Sporting KC) – did not dress for Kansas City’s 1-0 loss to the New York Red Bulls, should take part in a reserve squad game today vs. Real Salt Lake

Fred (DC United) – started and played 47 minutes as DC United continued their losing ways in a 4-1 loss to the Houston Dynamo, the loss has the club and its boss Ben Olsen worried especially with a game against in-form Seattle tomorrow at 7:30PM

Shea Salinas (Vancouver) – came on as a substitute for Wes Knight in the 66th, worked 24+ minutes in a 2-1 loss to the Columbus Crew, also played 12+ minutes in the Whitecaps’ 1-0  Wednesday road victory over the Montreal Impact in Nutrilite Canadian Championship play, it was his competitive debut for Salinas, the second leg will be played tomorrow in Vancouver

Brian Perk (Los Angeles) – did not dress for Los Angeles’ 2-1 loss to FC Dallas at Pizza Hut Park


Eduardo Coudet (Fort Lauderdale) – Coudet scored yet again vs. Puerto Rico, his team-leading 3rd goal, on

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 a 41st minute penalty kick, this one put the Strikers ahead before the goals started pouring on and the game ended a 2-2 tie, it was his third consecutive PK in as many games

Cristian Arrieta (Fort Lauderdale) – did not play in the Strikers 2-2 tie with the Puerto Rico Islanders

Toni Stahl (Fort Lauderdale) – did not play in the Strikers 2-2 tie with the Puerto Rico Islanders

Brad Knighton (Carolina) – started, played 90 minutes, and made several saves in a 1-1 tie with Minnesota, the Railhawks will next meet Coudet, Arrieta, and Stahl in NASL play on May 11th, had a big fingertip save in the 50th minute

Nick Zimmerman (Carolina) – started and played the full 90 minutes in a 1-1 tie with Minnesota, Zimmerman drew the penalty kick (Etienne Barbara converted) in the 58th minute that put Carolina ahead, Minnesota tied it up only 9 minutes later and the game ended in a tie


Michael Orozco Fiscal (San Luis FC) – did not dress or play in San Luis FC’s last game of the Clausura season, a 0-0 tie with Cruz Azul

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


JT Noone

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Expansion Draft: Salinas and Moreno now ‘Caps

Posted on 24 November 2010 by Breton Bonnette

We'll always remember this...

The pick of Shea Salinas is a heartbreaker. The guy is classy, a true talent that with a better magic sponge could have been terrorizing the flanks of any MLS defense on a more consistent basis this season. With that said, he’s gone but to drive things home even more, Piotr Nowak pulled back Chris Seitz shattering any “impartial facade” he was trying to put forward. Vancouver, three picks later, went for a veteran striker that had Philly fans split 50/50. Alejandro Moreno was gritty and hard-working but, at the same time, rubbed fans the wrong way with his love of simulation. We’re not sure why Vancouver wants 2 guys that can hold-up the ball in Moreno and Chivas USA’s Alan Gordon but overall, we’re pretty happy Moreno’s selection kept Andrew Jacobson here.


Portland takes…

Defenders – Eric Brunner (Columbus), Anthony Wallace (Colorado), David Horst (Real Salt Lake), Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA), Jordan Graye (DC United)
Midfielders – Adam Moffat (Columbus), Dax McCarty (FC Dallas), Arturo Alvarez (San Jose), Peter Lowry (Chicago)
Forwards – Robbie Findley (Real Salt Lake)

Vancouver takes…

GKs – Joe Cannon (San Jose)
Defenders – Nathan Sturgis (Seattle), Jonathan Leathers (Kansas City)
Midfielders – Shea Salinas (Philadelphia), John Thorrington (Chicago), Sanna Nyassi (Seattle), Atiba Harris (FC Dallas)
Forwards – Alejandro Moreno (Philadelphia), Alan Gordon (Chivas USA), O’Brian White (Toronto FC)

Let the mourning begin…Salinas was the first player to allow us an interview, excited as all hell to join from San Jose. He was married this past January and one of easiest to talk to in the locker room. Now he’s off to the West Coast again – this time a ‘little’ farther north – and ASN Philly can only wish him the best of luck.

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Expansion Draft 2010: Hoping for minimal damage

Posted on 24 November 2010 by Breton Bonnette

Guessing an expansion draft is downright impossible. Even more so when it’s two teams with bare boned rosters picking. The task of guessing what expansion squads need and what pieces they already have coming in is still ventured upon – almost begrudgingly – every year. It’s not fun looking around at which Union players many think will be selected but take comfort in knowing that very few of these consensus picks actually happen.

Let’s take a look at who – by the end of  today – will no longer be a member of the Union.

Let’s Talk Soccer

VANCOUVER: Shea Salinas, M/D, Philadelphia. (40k) Been impressed each time I’ve seen him. Dirt cheap too. Philly protects Andrew Jacobson after.

Salinas is a popular pick amongst the pontificators. Philly loses another however…in the last round.

PORTLAND: Brad Knighton, GK, Philadelphia. (40k) Younger option than Gruenebaum and I’ve enjoyed his play in New England and Philly. Competes with Steve Cronin in Portland. Philadelphia is done.

Fox Soccer/Soccer by Ives


The Timbers go considerably younger in goal than Vancouver, grabbing the impressive and undervalued Knighton to battle Steve Cronin for the starting job. Knighton beat out Chris Seitz in Philadelphia before being inexplicably left unprotected.

Ives doesn’t agree with Nowak’s “if one GK is left unprotected then both should be” approach and we lose Knighton first.


Vancouver general manager Tom Soehn was head coach at D.C. United when Jacobson returned to MLS from France and will pounce on a solid and reasonably-priced defensive midfield option.

WV Hooligan

11. Portland Timbers – Andrew Jacobson (Philadelphia):

Me: Getting some speed in the midfield would be good for Spencer, I’ve always thought Jacobson could be developed into a very good player when given the proper time.

So, as of right now, it’s Jacobson and Knighton getting plucked by “the majority”. Surprisingly, we don’t lose another in WV Hooligan’s Mock Draft. We’ll take it.

Canadian Soccer News

No explanations here but a couple surprises in Duane Rollins’ take…

PORTLAND: 5. Alejandro Moreno (Phi)

VANCOUVER: 20. Chris Seitz (Phi)

Moreno and Seitz? Would anyone have a real problem with this? Moreno still has a role to play on this team but with the beating he takes every year, I can’t imagine he’ll be having many full 34-game seasons with the Union.

MLS Soccer

12) Vancouver choose Shea Salinas, M/D, Philadelphia Union Salinas is young, cheap, fast and full of running. He hasn’t quite found a permanent home on the field yet, but is capable of giving quality minutes at right back and right midfield. Youth, flexibility and affordability make him the right pick for Vancouver.

Believe it or not, I thought the selection of Salinas would be more of slam dunk than it seems to be with those trying to get in the heads of Spencer and Teitur. And once again, pleasantly surprised with no second pick from the Union.


3. Brad Knighton, GK, Philadelphia – A better option between the sticks than either Cronin or Nolly. After his performances in Philadelphia, he probably deserves an unfettered shot at a number one shirt somewhere in the league.

As it all is undoubtedly a crap shoot, Knighton and Salinas look to be the two most likely to be selected. If you remember last year at all, however, the consensus picks are normally way off. In our collective Mock Draft for the Union’s expansion draft last year (a round-up of 9 of the blogosphere’s mock drafts), only ONE (Andrew Jacobson) was selected.

Get ready for a bit of a surprise today.

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Philadelphia Union at Houston Dynamo Player Ratings

Posted on 30 May 2010 by Breton Bonnette

The Union surprised an incredibly tough Houston home team last night coming from behind to win 3-2 in the dying moments. It was the #1 draft pick Danny Mwanga that grabbed the gamewinner all thanks to the unwavering work ethic of both Alejandro Moreno and Sebastien Le Toux. The win now puts the Union at 2-5-1. Player ratings are based on a 1-10 to scale with 10 being the highest.

GK: Chris Seitz , 6

Arguably there was very little Seitz could do on the restart goals from Brian Ching and Eddie Robinson. He made several fantastic saves. The one that stands was the near post save on Danny Cruz after he was through with a one-on-one opportunity.

DR: Cristian Arrieta, 5

Aside from the fact Arrieta couldn’t handle youngster Danny Cruz (and that’s a big fact), he was a fair distributor of the ball from the back and got forward well on occasion. Cruz was a tough one to cover all game and Houston realized that. On numerous occasions, the Dynamo found space in between our defensive line and our center mids making us vulnerable to that through ball. Arrieta was burned due to collective defensive positioning but managed alright overall.

DC: Danny Califf, 6.5

Califf did his job as a captain, there’s no doubt about that. This was the most organized we have seen the defense including Nakazawa and Migs in the middle. One couldn’t help but chuckle – and hold your breath for fear of a card – on the bodycheck of Houston’s Danny Cruz.

DC: Michael Orozco, 5

Incredibly shaky early on in defense. Orozco calmed things down a bit in the second half even though, upon replay, it looks like he was the one outmuscled on Brian Ching’s second-half equalizer. Not sure it would have mattered who it was defending Ching on that play as he clearly had an angry eye for goal.

DL: Jordan Harvey, 6

A serviceable appearance from Harvey although it seems he has more than solidified the left-back position. He gets forward well, has begun to minimize his problems with distribution from the back, and he hustles.

MR: Shea Salinas, 8, ASN’s Man of the Match

The real spark tonight. Salinas was all over the place. Aside from some technical problems here and there and wayward passing, he was constantly a problem to Hainault and Mulrooney on the flanks. His chip of Onstad was outright gorgeous. Gassed after that first half’s effort.

MC: Stefani Miglioranzi, 5.5

Not his best game. Migs was sloppy all over the field and made some rather untidy tackles that aside from his early season ejection were pretty uncharacteristic of him.

MC: Kyle Nakazawa, 6

With the performances of both Salinas and Nakazawa, Torres coming in off the bench sounds like the best idea. Nakazawa’s pace and placement on set pieces marginally outweighs Torres creativity and skill. Nakazawa’s defense is getting better each start out as well. Clearly still needs a lot of work but he’s turning into an interesting central midfield prospect.

ML: Fred, 5

He’s supposed to be the veteran playmaker and we’re not really seeing any of that. There was too much running into traffic or trying to force passes that just aren’t there. Didn’t have the same presence on the left flank that Salinas had on the right.

FC: Alejandro Moreno, 6.5

That work rate never dies. For example, getting harried and hassled along the right flank in the final moments of the game, Moreno still had the composure to find a streaking Sebastien Le Toux. That simple pass eventually led the gamewinning goal. He is the heart and soul of this tough Union squad.

FC: Sebastien Le Toux, 7

Seba grabbed his fifth goal of the season but most of his work, believe it or not, was done off the ball. Houston’s defenders were forced to track him creating . That connection with Moreno plenty of times in the game and it seems to be getting stronger. The last time they connected it was on the give and go that led to Le Toux’s right flank run and subsequent gamewinning assist. Early on, though, Le Toux was out of sorts.


FW: Danny Mwanga, 7.5

Comes in mid second half and provides the assist on Seb Le Toux’s equalizer before Le Toux returns the favor and sets the rookie up with a gamewinning sitter. There is still much that is raw about Mwanga but it’s clear the goal vs. FC Dallas has calmed the nerves. It’s amazing what a little confidence will do for somebody.

MF: Roger Torres – 6.5

Until he stay consistent for the full 90 minutes, this super sub role really helps him. He’s able to go full out without worrying too much about whether or not he has enough left in the tank. It was Torres’ chip to Mwanga that set up Le Toux’s equalizer.

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Quotes from RBNY Invasion: Nowak, Salinas, Seitz, Backe

Posted on 25 April 2010 by Breton Bonnette

Hans Backe, New York manager

Q: [On topic of approach for U.S. Open match against Philadelphia on Tuesday]

A: I have to change my mind.  I told a couple of you journalists before that I’ve always had priority for the [Open] Cup wherever I’ve been: I’ve been in 6 Cup finals, losing 5.  But, with this schedule now and with the Juventus game coming up [on May 23], if you win in the Cup, you end up playing 9 games from now until June 5 and I don’t think this squad is available to cope with that.  So, we will play mostly the players who haven’t been involved in the first 5 games.

Q: [Asking on reactions the fact that, despite the Red Bulls’ early success this season, a close-in-proximity Philadelphia Union team in town, and ideal weather, that only 15,619 were in attendance]

A: Well, I was told earlier in the week that Philadelphia was sending 5,000 fans, but there were only a couple of hundred [actual number between 750-1000].  But, we’ve been playing entertaining games.  Last week [against FC Dallas] was a game that, even though it ended 2-1 , could have been 4-4 or something like that, it was an entertaining game.  It’s a stadium that should sell itself, that’s something I’ve said before.  Knowing this area, there are a lot of South Americans, Europeans, people who love soccer.  It should be, if not sold out, around 18-20 thousand, but I have no answer for why [it has been down].

Shea Salinas

Q: [On being called on to defend, not a usual position for him]

A: It was definitely different, but I had fun back there.  I felt like I did some things that you could tell I was new to the position, but it was fun back there.

Q: When did you find out you were in the starting lineup?

A: At the team pre-game meal, so not that long before the game.  But, I was super excited to get back in the lineup and start playing.

Q: And when you found out you were playing on defense [at Left Back], what was your reaction to that?

A: I was excited, I was just excited to be on the field.  The coaching staff gave me a chance out there and I was excited to be on the field, I don’t care where I was.

Q: Having played in a few places, like San Jose obviously, that had stadium problems, and I’m sure you played at Giants Stadium, what was it like to come into a place like this?

A: The stadium was great.  I thought our fans were incredible: the Sons of Ben were out there and they were loud the whole time.  The stadium was awesome and I really appreciated our fans.

Q: What did Piotr [Nowak] say to you after the game?

A: He just came over, shook my hand and said “Well done.”  He told all of us to keep our heads up; we’ve got to come back here Tuesday and play them again, so it’s a quick turnaround.

Q: Has the team discussed anything in terms of the roster for the Open match on Tuesday?

A: To be honest, I have no idea.  The coaching staff is in control, and they usually make good decisions.

Chris Seitz

Q: What it’s going to take?  It’s been, three things now? Four things now [unlucky breaks that have changed the game]?  Coach Nowak actually said that the team should get together and pray so that something else doesn’t happen.

A: Well, I think we’re putting good results together, we talked about it and I think in some ways we’ve almost got to get lucky on our end, you know?  I think we created a great goal in response to their first one and got unlucky on the second.  Obviously Mike [Orozco] isn’t going for it with his hand, he’s going for it with his head, but that stuff happens.  We didn’t react very well to that goal, but it’s going to go both ways.  We’ve just got to keep training hard.  We come back here on Tuesday for another game, it’s another challenge for us, and I think we’ll be ready for it.

Q: What did you think of Shea [Salinas] playing at the back?

A: He was good.  I think that was one of the first time he’s played there on the left, he’s played on the right, but it was good for him.  We wanted to match speed with speed out there [against Red Bulls attacking midfielder Dane Richards], and I think it worked well for us.  We were able to contain [Richards} pretty well.  [Shea] is a good player, and I think he can adapt to any position on the field, and that’s what good players do.

Q: Has Coach Nowak told you how you’ll be approaching Tuesday’s game?

A: We have no idea.  I think we’re going to get back on the bus, get home tonight, get a nice review on Monday then come back up on Tuesday ready to go.

Q: Lastly, what did you think of the fan support?

A: Oh, it was great.  Any time you see the Sons of Ben and Union fans in general, it’s special.  They made the trek up here, and we really appreciate it.  We hope that they continue to support us and we’re going to keep playing for them because they deserve the best.

Piotr Nowak

Q: This is your 2nd consecutive loss.  What do you have to do to get a win or a tie?

A: Both losses were close losses.  We understand, and I’ve told the team that we need to collect points.  But we’ve made some mistakes and paid for them.  That’s been the case in each game we’ve played so far, whether it be red cards or penalties.  They call it beginner’s luck, but that’s just not the case for our team right now.  The big thing is to finish our chances.  If you don’t convert your chances, you struggle.

Q: [On Orozco’s handball and whether or not it was unintentional and incidental to the degree that it should not have been penalized]

A: Well, we can’t complain, but I need to look at it.  It’s difficult to say right now [whether or not it should have been penalized].  I would say right now that it was a mistake.  Whether it was a shadow, or the light, or the ball was moving, it’s a goal we conceded, and those are the types of goals that we need to prevent.

Q: Why did you take [Roger] Torres out [at halftime]?

A: I thought he was struggling with the pressure and trying to find his rhythm from left to right and trying to find the passing channels.

Q: So, he wasn’t injured?

A: No, he was not injured.

Q: When do you think we’ll see [Torres] play a full 90 minutes?

A: I think [all the players] are capable of playing a full 90 minutes.  I think the mental and physical preparation for this game was pretty good, so I don’t think playing a full game should be a problem.

Q: [Asking what the starting 11 will look like for the U.S. Open with the 1st game coming up so quickly]

A: Do they give a trophy for [the winner of the Open Cup]?  Then we’ll play our best.

Q: What do you tell your team after a loss like this?

A: The most important thing is that we don’t get down.  I believe, and we believe as a group, that our play has been pretty solid.  [I told them to] forget about today.  Finish your chances, make sure you play for 90 minutes  and win the game.  The message for today is pretty simple: we can’t keep making these mistakes.  Probably the best thing to do right now is to go to church.

Q: Shea [Salinas] on defense: what were the thoughts behind that, do you know if he’s ever played there before and how do you think he responded?

A: I thought he did a great job.  With [Red Bulls attacking midfielder Dane] Richards, we knew that speed was going to be a factor in this game and that’s something we tried to avoid.  For his first game as a wide defender/midfielder


  • Chris Albright (Philly native) likely to play for New York in Tuesday’s game
  • Piotr Nowak refers to Jack McInerney as “MC”
  • According to Jonathan Tannenwald after a conversation with SoB Brad Youtz, RBNY fans cracked several windows on the Philadelphia Union fan bus before pulling out of Red Bull Arena. You can get that scoop here. Let’s hope this is dealt with swiftly…

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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.


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

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

See our post-Expansion Draft interview with Shea.

Also check out our other player profiles HERE.

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Union Spotlight: Meet Shea Salinas

Posted on 27 November 2009 by Breton Bonnette

ASN Philly got the chance to sit down with new Union winger, Shea Salinas for a post-Thanksgiving introduction.

Welcome to Philadelphia!

Welcome to Philadelphia!

Talking with Shea, you would almost think he was a seasoned veteran, born from years of tough games, league and player research, grueling preseasons, and a plethora of ups and downs. His age (23), however, didn’t match his demeanor. He has a clear passion and worksmanship about what he does for a living and, when all is said and done, he just wants to get on that playing field. Looking up and down the expansion draft selection list with Shea, it was interesting to see an overlapping theme with the 10 players selected by Coach Nowak. Solid work ethic. “I’m a hard worker. Other guys on the list are the same as me and my motto has always been, ‘Go all out or don’t go out at all'”. It’s the same work ethic that put Shea in the starting line up for San Jose over the last half of the season as he went on to register 5 assists in just his second full season. Coming from Furman University, a school that produced USMNT midfielders Clint Dempsey and Ricardo Clark as well as Kansas City’s Jonathan Leathers, you can see that hard work ethic was sort of a prerequisite to playing well on the professional level.

That’s the thing, however…looking up and down the list to begin with and despite a great reputation in San Jose, there was an odd realization for Salinas. He was on it. And that itself hit home. “I was kind of shocked I wasn’t protected. I love San Jose, the fans, the teammates and to see that, it hurt coming from John Doyle and Frank Yallop”. Once on the list, however, “I knew it would come down to me or Bobby [Convey] and with the history between Coach Nowak and Bobby, I thought I would stay”. Regardless, Shea did his homework and prepared himself for the possibility of leaving San Jose. The more he thought about it with friends and family, the more he realized how great the opportunity to play in Philadelphia really was. “I read up on the new stadium, the organization, the crest and history and the more I thought about it, the more I thought I’d love to go to Philly. To start with a new team and create something. Our own traditions. I’m really looking forward to it and excited about it. I’ve heard great things about Coach Nowak”. In fact, Coach Nowak called Shea the night before the release of the Union’s picks and asked him one simple question, “Are you ready to work as part of the Union?”.

Shea has been no stranger to the “expansion” tag. His rookie year was San Jose’s inaugural season back in Major League Soccer after the relocation of the Quakes to Houston in 2005. The expansion feel is perfect for him, he says, “I was and now am joining a team whose players are all in the same boat. It’s not like Coach Nowak has favorites already and you have to adapt to be able to work your way into Coach’s system. Being a rookie with San Jose, I was in a much better situation. I was on an equal playing field with each of my teammates, rookie or not”. Off the field was much different of course. In two seasons, however, Shea firmly entrenched himself as a fan favorite, a presence in the community, and an exciting player on the field.

As for what type of player Salinas is, a couple attributes are raw like his final ball into the box and finishing. Overwhelmingly, however, he has all of the makings of a great MLS winger. “I am back training by myself every morning at 8AM and playing some indoor with my buddies. There was more time to take off but I couldn’t take it anymore”. A former track and cross country star in high school (4:28 miler and 9:51 two-miler for those curious) and with running as his passion, speed and fitness are his forte and a quality which will never leave his game. With that in mind, “my focus this off-season is to work on my final ball in the box and that final decision”.

Shea and the 10 (including new keeper acquisition Chris Seitz) will be flown in on December 6th to meet with Coach Nowak and the rest of the Union staff prior to introductory press conferences and physicals. Then the search for a house begins along with his fiance Julie before the next couple months become some of the busiest of his life. In January, he will be married. In February, pre-season starts in earnest. And March? Well we all know what happens then. One thing seems clear, so does Shea and he’ll be ready for it. “I have been everywhere and it sort of comes with the territory. Born in Texas, college in South Carolina, started my career in California, and now Philadelphia. I really hope I can stay longer here”.

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