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Philadelphians Abroad: Richter and Donatelli are Champions

Photo: Courtesy of USL Pro

With most MLS teams taking a breather so that the league can accommodate the international break, few Philadelphia-area players saw action over the last week. In fact, Jeff Larentowicz was the only local to see the pitch at the MLS level.

Three other local boys did take the field, however, and it was for nothing short of a championship.

On Saturday, Reading native Corey Hertzog and the Wilmington Hammerheads faced off against Glenside’s own Tony Donatelli and Southampton’s Union alum Ryan Richter of the hosting Charleston Battery. It was a tough, rain-soaked slog for most of the game with few good looks at the goal for either side, though it was Richter who registered the game’s first shot in the 9th minute, with a bending left-footed shot from the top of the box that would find itself just wide of the far post.

Heading into the half, Charleston had the better of the chances with a 4-2 advantage in shots, but neither team would find the back of the net as much of the first 45 minutes was played between the boxes. Charleston would continue to apply the pressure and continue to lead the Hammerheads in chances into the second half. It would all pay off for Charleston, who were playing to a home field crowd of 4,963, in the 74th minute when game MVP and USL Rookie of the Year Jose Cuevas threaded a pass through the Wilmington defense to midfielder Mike Azira, who hit a first-time left-footed shot into the far corner.

Wilmington would not be able to find the equalizer in the last 16 minutes of play, giving the Battery their fourth title in four trips to the final (and the second in three seasons). The win would also give Tony Donatelli his third USL Championship, previously winning with the Vancouver Whitecaps in 2006 and The Montreal Impact in 2009. It was Ryan Richter’s first.

Major League Soccer

Antoine Hoppenot, M/F, Philadelphia — No game during international break.  Season: 16 games, 2 starts, 2 goals for Philadelphia. 4 games, 1 goal for Harrisburg.

Cristhian Hernandez, M, Philadelphia —  No game during international break. Season: 2 games.

Chris Albright, D, Philadelphia — No game during international break. Season: 4 games, 2 starts.

Zach Pfeffer, M, Philadelphia — No game during international break. Season: 0 games.

Jimmy McLaughlin, M, Philadelphia — No game during international break. Season: 0 games for Philadelphia, 8 games, 3 starts, 1 goal for Harrisburg.

Stephen King, M, D.C. United — No game during international break. Season: 7 games, 1 start, 1 assist.

Andrew Wenger, F, Montreal — No game during international break. Season: 18 games, 4 starts, 4 goals.

Zarek Valentin, D, Montreal — No game during international break. Season: 14 games, 14 starts, 1 goal.

Jeff Parke, D, Seattle — In the 18, but did not play. Season: 23 games, 22 starts, 1 assist.

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

Bobby Convey, M, Kansas City — No game during international break. Season: 15 games, 14 starts, 1 goal, 2 assists.

Jeff Larentowicz, M, Colorado — Started and played 86 minutes in Wednesday’s 3-0 win over Portland. Season: 26 games, 26 starts, 3 goals.

Bobby Warshaw, D, Dallas — No game during international break. Season: 6 games, 2 starts.

Jeremiah White, M, New England — Waived by New England on June 27, 2012. Season: 2 games.

Bill Gaudette, GK, New York — No game during international break. Season: 9 games, 9 starts, 23 saves, 12 goals allowed, and 3 clean sheets for New York. 3 games, 3 starts, 7 saves, 4 goals allowed for Los Angeles.

Jeremy Vuolo, GK, New York — No game during international break. Season: 0 games.

Dan Gargan, D, Chicago — No game during international break. Season: 19 games, 17 starts.


Corey Hertzog, F, Wilmington — On loan fron New York, started and played 90 minutes in Saturday’s 1-0 loss to Charleston Season: 0 games for New York. 120 games, 19 starts, 11 goals, 5 assists for Wilmington.

Tony Donatelli, M, Charleston — Started and played 90 minutes in Saturday’s 1-0 win over Wilmington. Season: 21 games, 18 starts, 4 goals, 3 assists.

Ryan Richter, M, Charleston — Started and played 86 minutes in Saturday’s 1-0 win over Wilmington. Season: 25 games, 16 starts, 2 goals, 4 assists.


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


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