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Philadelphians abroad: Where they landed

Photo: Earl Gardner

After all the waivers, drafts, trials and other mechanisms MLS uses to move players around the country, it can be difficult to remember where everyone landed. This offseason has seen it’s share of movement for our local lads. In order to make it easier to track our boys as the preseason winds down and first kick comes within sight, I have created the handy cheat sheet to let you know where players from around the region currently stand.

I have grouped the players by type of movement to make the cheat sheet a little easier to follow. I have also chosen not to include players in the lower levels of the American soccer pyramid (NASL and USL) because team rosters for those league are not currently available. Locals from one of those leagues known to be trialing with an MLS club, as is the case with Ryan Richter, have been included.

Locals moving out of or around MLS

R.J. Allen, Old Bridge, NJ (PDA) – Signed with Danish club Skive IK on January 25, 2013.

Bill Gaudette, GK, Hummelstown, PA – Option declined by New York Red Bulls on November 19, 2012.

Dan Gargan, D, Philadelphia, PA – Selected by San Jose Earthquakes in the second round of the MLS Re-Entry Draft on December 14, 2012. Signed by San Jose on January 25, 2013.

Corey Hertzog, F, Reading, PA  – Option declined by New York Red Bulls on November 19, 2012.  Signed by Vancouver Whitecaps on January 23, 2012.

Stephen King, M, Medford, NJ – Option declined by D.C. United on December 18, 2012. Did not enter MLS Re-Entry Draft.

Jeff Larentowicz, M, Philadelphia, PA – Traded to Chicago Fire from Colorado Rapids on January 16, 2013.

Jon Okafor, M, Verona, NJ (PDA) – Signed with Finnish club MYPA on February 2, 2013.

Jeff Parke, D, Abington, PA – Traded to Philadelphia Union from Seattle Sounders on December 7, 2012.

Zach Pfeffer, M, Dresher, PA (HGP) – On loan to Bundesliga side Hoffenheim from January 7, 2013 until December 31, 2013.

Ryan Richter, F, Southampton, PA – On trial with D.C. United.

Noah Sadaoui, F, Bayonne, NJ (PDA) – Signed with Israeli club Maccabi Haifa on February 7, 2013.

Mike Seamon, M, Rahway, NJ – Option declined by Seattle Sounders on December 3, 2012.

Jeremy Vuolo, GK, Philadelphia, PA – Option declined by New York Red Bulls on November 19, 2012. Made a trial appearance with with Finnish club HJK Helsinki on January 10, 2013.

Locals drafted into MLS

Greg Cochrane, D, Holland PA –  Selected 38th overall by Los Angeles Galaxy in the MLS SuperDraft on January 17, 2013.

Ryan Finley, F, Lumberton, NJ – Selected 9th overall by Columbus Crew in the MLS SuperDraft on January 17, 2013.

Jordan Leblanc, M, Haverford, PA –  Selected 27th overall by Montreal Impact in the MLS Supplemental Draft on January 22, 2013.

Eric Schoenle, D, Yardley, PA – Selected 12th overall by Philadelphia Union in the MLS Supplemental Draft on January 22, 2013.

Yannick Smith, F, Hillsborough, NJ – Selected 75th overall by Houston Dynamo in the MLS Supplemental Draft on January 22, 2013.

Other locals moving into MLS

Alex Mendoza, M, Harrisburg, PA – Singed from Pumas UNAM by Philadelphia Union on January 24, 2013.

Locals in still in Philadelphia (no movement)

Chris Albright, D, Philadelphia, PA

Cristhian Hernandez, M, Newark, NJ (HGP)

Antoine Hoppenot, M/F, Princeton, NJ

Jimmy McLaughlin, M, Bryn Mawr, PA (HGP)

Locals around MLS (no movement)

Bobby Convey, M, Philadelphia, PA – Sporting Kansas City

Marcus Tracy, F, Chestnut Hill, PA – San Jose Earthquakes

Zarek Valentin, D, Lancaster, PA – Montreal Impact

Bobby Warshaw, D, Mechanicsburg, PA – FC Dallas

Andrew Wenger, F, Lancaster, PA – Montreal Impact

Locals around the World (no movement)

Russell Canouse, M, Lancaster, PA – Hoffenheim

Eddie Gustafsson, GK, Philadelphia, PA – Red Bull Salzburg

Billy Schuler, M, Allentown, NJ – Hammarby IF


  1. How about Vincenzo Bernardo? I believe he trialed with the Union a few years ago and played with Napoli’s youth academy. Holds dual US-Italian citizenship and I believe may be playing in Austria now. Played with him in Italy for a while — great little player.

  2. Chris Luczkowiak says:

    Great suggestion, but if I’m not mistaken, Bernardo would be better classified as a local to New York, as he hails from Morristown, NJ. We do have some others on this list who are from that neck of the woods, but in these cases they have other ties back to Philly, be they college (Seamon), a Union-affiliated youth program (Allen, Okafor, Sadaoui), or Home Grown Player status (Hernandez).

  3. Thanks for the cheat sheet! What a great idea and a quick way to keep track during the season. I’ll bookmark this one for gametimes!

  4. john okafor says:

    Good information to read about. Actually I am trying to locate Vicenzo’s dad, we were friends for a long time, he played youth soccer with my boys.

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