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Philadelphians Abroad: ‘Spark Plug’ scores

While Jack Mac may have garnered all the headlines for his two goals in the Union’s 4-0 beating of Sporting Kansas City on Saturday, the club’s third round supplemental draft pick and Princeton lad Antoine Hoppenot proved why he deserved the nickname “Spark Plug.”

Coming on in the 59th minute in place of an off Adu, Hoppenot lit up PPL Park with his unbelievable vision and pace. After missing a chip shot that should have been the Union’s third of the night off of a beautiful pass from Marfan, “Spark Plug” would be the catalyst for Pajoy’s 81st minute PK after drawing a foul off of SKC defender and fellow Frenchman Aurélien Collin. Six minutes later, Hoppenot would rub it in with a near replay of his earlier chippy attempt, this time finding the back of the net.

In other news, Bryn Mawr boy Jimmy McLaughlin earned playing time this weekend with the Harrisburg City Islanders. McLaughlin started Friday night alongside Union rookie midfielder Greg Jordan as the City Islanders took on Orlando. Neither took the field in Saturday’s match against Charleston.

Whether or not the two will continue their loan, Union fans need not worry about either playing Benedict Arnold for Harrisburg in Tuesday Open Cup match up at PPL Park. Both are cup-tied to the Union, as McLaughlin took the field against Rochester as an 80th minute sub, while Jordan road the pine in the same match.

Major League Soccer

Antoine Hoppenot, M/F, Philadelphia — Played 32 minutes in Saturday’s 4-0 win over Kansas City, scoring Philadelphia’s fourth goal of the night, and his first in league action.  Season: 4 games, 1 goal for Philadelphia. 4 games, 1 goal for Harrisburg.

Cristhian Hernandez, M, Philadelphia —  Did not play. Season: 2 games.

Chris Albright, D, Philadelphia — Did not play. Season: 3 games, 2 starts.

Zach Pfeffer, M, Philadelphia — Did not play. Season: 0 games.

Stephen King, M, D.C. United — Did not play. Season: 7 games, 1 start, 1 assist.

Andrew Wenger, F, Montreal — Did not play on Saturday.  Started and played 73 minutes in Wednesday’s 2-1 loss to Chivas. Season: 12 games, 3 starts, 3 goals.

Zarek Valentin, D, Montreal — Started and played 90 minutes in Saturdays 4-1 win over Houston. Started and played 90 minutes in Wednesday’s 2-1 loss to Chivas. Season: 7 games, 7 starts.

Jeff Parke, D, Seattle — Started and played 42 minutes in Sunday’s 2-1 loss to Portland. Started and played 90 minutes in Wednesday’s 1-1 tie with Kansas City. Season: 14 games, 13 starts.

Mike Seamon, M, Seattle – Did not play. Season: 0 games.

Bobby Convey, M, Kansas City — Did not play due to a right calf strain. Season: 11 games, 11 starts, 1 goal, 2 assists.

Jeff Larentowicz, M, Colorado — Started and played 90 minutes in Wednesday’s 2-1 loss to San Jose. Season: 14 games, 14 starts, 2 goals.

Bobby Warshaw, D, Dallas – Did not play. Season: 6 games, 2 starts.

Jeremiah White, M, New England — Did not play. Season: 2 games.

Bill Gaudette, GK, Los Angeles — Did not play. Season: 3 games, 3 starts, 7 saves, 4 goals allowed.

Jeremy Vuolo, GK, New York — In the 18, but did not play on both Sunday and Wednesday. Season: 0 games.

Dan Gargan, D, Chicago — Started and played 90 minutes in Saturday’s 2-1 win over Columbus. Season: 14 games, 13 starts.


Corey Hertzog, F, Wilmington — On loan from New York, started and played 90 minutes in Saturday’s 4-0 loss to Dayton.  Started and played 90 minutes in Friday’s 2-1 loss to Pittsburgh. Season: 0 games for New York. 7 games, 6 starts, 4 goals, 2 assists for Wilmington.

Jimmy McLaughlin, M, Harrisburg — On loan from Philadelphia, started and played 90 minutes in Friday’s 3-0 loss to Orlando. Season: 0 games for Philadelphia, 1 game, 1 start for Harrisburg.

J.T. Noone, M, Harrisburg – Started and played 84 minutes in Saturday’s 3-1 loss to Charelston. Did not play on Friday. Season: 11 games, 11 starts, 2 goals, 2 assists.

Tom Brandt, D, Harrisburg – Played 6 minutes in Saturday’s 3-1 loss to Charelston. Started and played 90 minutes in Friday’s 3-0 loss to Orlando.  Season: 8 games, 7 starts.

Morgan Langley, M, Harrisburg – Played 23 minutes in Saturday’s 3-1 loss to Charelston. Played 29 minutes in Friday’s 3-0 loss to Orlando. Season: 12 games, 10 starts, 2 goals.

Tony Donatelli, M, Charleston – Started and played 90 minutes in Saturday’s 3-1 win over Harrisburg. Season: 9 games, 7 starts, 1 goal, 1 assist.

Ryan Richter, M, Charleston – Played 16 minutes in Saturday’s 3-1 win over Harrisburg, scoring a goal in the 87th minute. Season: 12 games, 7 starts, 2 goals, 2 assists.

Tyler Bellamy, D, Rochester – Started and played 90 minutes in Saturday’s 3-2 win over Richmond. Season: 2 games.

Drew Cost, M, Rochester – Did not play. Season: 10 games, 1 start, 1 assist.

Jason Yeisley, F, Richmond – Started and played 90 minutes in Saturday’s 3-2 loss to Rochester, providing Rochester’s second goal of the night. Season: 11 games, 10 starts, 1 goal.

Ryan Heins, F, Richmond – Started and played 86 minutes in Saturday’s 3-2 loss to Rochester, providing an assist on Yeisley’s goal. Season: 14 games, 12 starts, 2 assists.


*Pat Hannigan, GK, San Antonio – Did not play. Season: 3 games, 6 goals allowed, 9 saves.

One Comment

  1. James "4-3-3" Forever says:

    I wonder why (well, not really, the MLS still has it’s problems) more teams don’t loan out young/reserve players more often. Sadly our reserve/youth league isn’t really good enough to let players on our roster marinate there.
    Sending this players to play in lower leagues or even overseas would be nice.

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