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Philadelphians Abroad: Gaudette strong in goal for New York

Photo: Michael Long

It was another quiet week at the MLS-level for Philadelphia-area players with not a single goal or assist in league play among the bunch.

One local who continues to shine, however, is Bill Gaudette, the Humelstown, Pa. native who has played between the sticks for New York ever since his acquisition from Los Angeles back in July. This weekend, Gaudette made his 10th straight start with the Red Bulls, posting two saves and only allowing one goal. Since he took up netminding duties for New York, Gaudette has managed three shutouts while only allowing 13 goals over the other 7 games, making for a goals against average of 1.30 per game. Gaudette’s 1.30 GAA is noticeably better that his predecessor Ryan Meara’s 1.50 GAA prior to his season-ending injury and subsequent hip surgery.

Gaudette’s strong performance means New York coach Hans Backe will have a tough choice to make going forward into next season: Go with the rookie Meara who has shown great promise for the Red Bulls; stick with Gaudette who is looking to see New York’s season out admirably; or strike out in a new direction for the future with late season addition Luis Robles, who the team’s front office pursued vigorously due to his international credentials. This glut of talent spells trouble for fellow Philadelphia-area player and Red Bull ‘keeper Jeremy Vuolo. Vuolo has waited in the wings throughout the season but has yet to debut for the team, while dropping further down the depth chart.

Zach Pfeffer was with the US U-18 team in Europe, along with Philadelphia Union academy goalkeeper Zackary Steffen. The team went 3–1–0 during the tour with Pfeffer scoring the opening goal in the 2–0 win over Feyenoord and assisting the opening US goal in the 4–2 win over Netherlands U-18s. Pfeffer went the full 90 in the 1–0 win over Borussia Dortmund and the 3–1 loss to Club Brugge.

Major League Soccer

Antoine Hoppenot, M/F, Philadelphia — Played 19 minutes in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Toronto.  Season: 17 games, 2 starts, 2 goals for Philadelphia. 4 games, 1 goal for Harrisburg.

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

Chris Albright, D, Philadelphia — In the 18, but did not play. Season: 4 games, 2 starts.

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

Jimmy McLaughlin, M, Philadelphia — in the 18, but did not play. Season: 0 games for Philadelphia, 8 games, 3 starts, 1 goal for Harrisburg.

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

Andrew Wenger, F, Montreal — Played 17 minutes in Saturday’s 3-1 loss to Chicago. Season: 19 games, 4 starts, 4 goals.

Zarek Valentin, D, Montreal — Did not play. Season: 14 games, 14 starts, 1 goal.

Jeff Parke, D, Seattle — Started and played 90 minutes in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Portland. Season: 24 games, 23 starts, 1 assist.

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

Bobby Convey, M, Kansas City — Did not play. Season: 15 games, 14 starts, 1 goal, 2 assists.

Jeff Larentowicz, M, Colorado — Started and played 74 minutes in Saturday’s 2-0 loss to Los Angeles. Season: 27 games, 27 starts, 3 goals.

Bobby Warshaw, D, Dallas — Did not play. 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 — Started and played 90 minutes in Saturday’s 3-1 win over Columbus, recording 2 saves and one goal allowed. Season: 10 games, 10 starts, 25 saves, 13 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 — Did not play. Season: 0 games.

Dan Gargan, D, Chicago — Played 49 minutes in Saturday’s 3-1 win over Montreal. Did not play on Wednesday. Season: 20 games, 17 starts.

Corey Hertzog, F, New York — Did not play. Season: 0 games for New York. 120 games, 19 starts, 11 goals, 5 assists for Wilmington.

Marcus Tracy, F, San Jose — Did not play. Season: 0 Games


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


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