Philadelphians Abroad

Philadelphians Abroad: A local in the Champions League

Last week we wrote about RJ Allen, a local lad who faced the misfortune of relegation that comes with the European game. This week we can celebrate another Philly native who has prospered in that same system.

For the fourth time since signing with the club in 2009 Eddie Gustafsson, a Sweedish national team goalkeeper born in Philadelphia, will compete in the UEFA Champions League with Red Bull Salzburg.

Gustafsson’s playing career began in 1983 with IFK Stockholm, where he played with the club’s youth teams while making the rounds with Sweden’s junior national teams. He graduated to the full men’s team in 1993 and made five appearances with the Swedish side before moving to IFK Norrköping, also in Sweden. Gustafsson would make 86 appearances over five years, before moving to Norwegian side Molde FK in 2002. Gustafsson was their first choice goalkeeper for three seasons, but when his contract expired after the 2004 season he decided to shop himself around. After taking part in several fruitless trials for clubs in Europe and America, Gustafsson joined another Norwegian club, Hamarkameratene. After one season, he signed with FK Lyn where he remained for three seasons. On January 8, 2009, Gustafsson signed a contract with FC Red Bull Salzburg where he has played ever since.

European competition is nothing new to Gustafsson. Quickly establishing himself as starting goalkeeper and team captain, he led his squad club through the 2009-10 Champions League qualifying rounds. After wins against Bohemians and Dinamo Zagreb, the club bowed out of the competition after two losses to Maccabi Haifa in the play-offs, but qualified for the 2009-10 UEFA Europa League, eventually reaching the knockout round of that tournament.

On April 18, 2010 Gustafsson broke his leg in an Austrian Premier League match against LASK Linz, when he was fouled by Linz forward Lukas Kragl. As Gustafsson went to clear the ball following a through pass, Kragl tried to block but was late and caught Gustafsson midway up his left shin, breaking both his tibia and fibula in the tackle.

After eight months off the field recovering from the injury, Gustafsson played for the first time in a friendly against FC Spartak Moscow in January 2011. His injury had an unfortunate effect on his standing in the team’s depth charts making him now second choice between the posts for Red Bull behind teammate Alexander Walke. Despite his standing, Gustafsson still made nine appearances with the club this season across all competitions.

Major League Soccer

Chris Albright, D, Philadelphia Union — Did not play. Season: 1 game, 1 clean sheet.

Greg Cochrane, D, Los Angeles Galaxy  Started and played 90 minutes in Sunday’s 4-0 win over Seattle. Season: 8 games, 5 starts, 2 clean sheets.

Bobby Convey, M, Toronto FC — Did not play. Season: 4 games, 2 starts.

Ryan Finley, F, Columbus Crew — Did not play. Season: 4 games.

Dan Gargan, D, San Jose Earthquakes — Did not play. Season: 4 games, 4 starts, 1 assist, 1 clean sheet.

Corey Hertzog, F, Vancouver Whitecaps — No game this week. Season: 4 games, 3 start, 1 goal.

Antoine Hoppenot, F, Philadelphia Union — Played 25 minutes in Saturday’s 5-3 loss at Montreal, scoring a goal in the 69th minute. Season: 12 games, 1 goal, 1 assist.

Jeff Larentowicz, M, Chicago Fire — Started and played 90 minutes in Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Real Salt Lake. Season: 10 games, 10 starts, 1 goal, 1 assist.

Jeff Parke, D, Philadelphia Union — Started and played 90 minutes in Saturday’s 5-3 loss at Montreal. Season: 10 games, 10 starts, 1 clean sheet.

Ryan Richter, D, Toronto FC  Started and played 90 minutes in Saturday’s 2-0 loss at New England. Season: 7 games, 6 starts, 0 clean sheets.

Marcus Tracy, F, San Jose Earthquakes — Did not play. Season: 3 games.

Bobby Warshaw, D, FC Dallas — Played 7 minutes in Saturday’s 1-0 win over San Jose. Season: 7 games, 1 start, 1 clean sheet.

Andrew Wenger, F, Montreal Impact — Started and played 90 minutes in Saturday’s 5-3 win over Philadelphia, providing an assist in the 2nd minute and scoring a goal in the 74th minute. Season: 8 games, 4 starts, 1 goal, 3 assists.

U.S. Open Cup

Chris Albright, D, Philadelphia Union — First game scheduled for May 28, 2013. Tournament: 0 games.

Tyler Bellemy, D, Rochester Rhinos — Did not play. Tournament: 0 games.

Thomas Brandt, D, Harrisburg City Islanders — Did not play. Tournament: 0 games.

Keasel Broome, GK, Ocean City Nor’easters  Did not play. Tournament: 1 game, 1 start, 1 assist, 0 goals against, 1 clean sheet.

Shane Campbell, D, Reading United A.C. — Did not play. Tournament: 0 games.

Kevin Curran, D, Ocean City Nor’easters — Started in Tuesday’s 1-0 win over Pittsburgh. Tournament: 2 games, 2 starts.

Jonny Dolezal, D, Reading United A.C. — Started and played 90 minutes in Tuesday’s 1-0 win over Harrisburg. Tournament: 2 games, 2 starts, 2 clean sheets.

Tony Donatelli, M, VSI Tampa Bay — Started and played 90 minutes in Tuesday’s 2-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Rowdies. Tournament: 2 games, 2 starts.

Ryan Finley, F, Columbus Crew — First game scheduled for May 28, 2013. Tournament: 0 games.

Dan Gargan, D, San Jose Earthquakes — First game scheduled for May 28, 2013. Tournament: 0 games.

Pat Hannigan, GK, San Antonio Scorpions — In the 18, but did not play. Tournament: 0 games.

Cristhian Hernandez, M, Harrisburg City Islanders — Started and played 90 minutes in Tuesday’s 1-0 loss at Reading. Tournament: 1 game, 1 start.

Antoine Hoppenot, F, Philadelphia Union — First game scheduled for May 28, 2013. Tournament: 0 games.

Duke Lacroix, M/F,  Ocean City Nor’easters — Started in Tuesday’s 1-0 win over Pittsburgh. Tournament: 2 games, 2 starts, 1 goal.

Morgan Langley, F, Harrisburg City Islanders — Started and played 90 minutes in Tuesday’s 1-0 loss at Reading. Tournament: 1 game, 1 start.

Jeff Larentowicz, M, Chicago Fire — First game scheduled for May 28, 2013. Tournament: 0 games.

Darius Madison, F, Reading United A.C. — Played 34 minutes in Tuesday’s 1-0 win over HarrisburgTournament: 2 games, 1 start, 1 goal.

Dante Marini, M, Reading United A.C. — Did not play. Tournament: 1 game.

Jarred Martinelli, F, Reading United A.C. — Did not play. Tournament: 0 games.

John McCarthy, GK,  Reading United A.C. — Started and played 90 minutes in Tuesday’s 1-0 win over Harrisburg. Tournament: 2 games, 2 starts, 0 goals against, 2 clean sheets.

Billy McConnell, D,  Reading United A.C. — Did not play. Tournament: 0 games.

Jimmy McLaughlin, M, Harrisburg City Islanders — Started and played 61 minutes in Tuesday’s 1-0 loss at Reading. Tournament: 1 game, 1 start.

Steve Neumann, M, Reading United A.C. — Started and played 90 minutes in Tuesday’s 1-0 win over HarrisburgTournament: 2 games, 2 starts, 1 goal.

J.T. Noone, M, VSI Tampa Bay — Started and played 90 minutes in Tuesday’s 2-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Rowdies, scoring a goal in the 27th minute. Tournament: 2 games, 2 starts, 1 goal.

Jimmy Ockford, D,  Reading United A.C. — Started and played 90 minutes in Tuesday’s 1-0 win over Harrisburg. Tournament: 2 games, 2 starts, 2 clean sheets.

Jeff Parke, D, Philadelphia Union — First game scheduled for May 28, 2013. Tournament: 0 games.

Jason Pelletier, M, Harrisburg City Islanders — Did not play. Tournament: 0 games.

Keegan Rosenberry, M, Reading United A.C. — Started and played 90 minutes in Tuesday’s 1-0 win over Harrisburg. Tournament: 2 games, 2 starts.

Manolo Sanchez, M,  Reading United A.C. — Started and played 65 minutes in Tuesday’s 1-0 win over HarrisburgTournament: 2 games, 2 starts.

Mike Seamon, M, Pittsburgh Riverhounds — Started in Tuesday’s 1-0 loss at Ocean City. Tournament: 1 game, 1 start.

Melvin Snoh, M,  Reading United A.C. — Played 25 minutes in Tuesday’s 1-0 win over Harrisburg. Tournament: 2 games.

Marcus Tracy, F, San Jose Earthquakes — First game scheduled for May 28, 2013. Tournament: 0 games.

Frank Tweneboa, F,  Ocean City Nor’easters — Started in Tuesday’s 1-0 win over Pittsburgh. Tournament: 2 games, 2 starts, 1 assist.

Brad Vanino, M, Reading United A.C. — Did not play. Tournament: 0 games.

Jamie Vasquez, F,  Reading United A.C. — Did not play. Tournament: 0 games.

Jeremy Vuolo, GK, San Antonio Scorpions — Did not play. Tournament: 0 games.

Bobby Warshaw, D, FC Dallas — First game scheduled for May 28, 2013. Tournament: 0 games.

Andrew Welker, F, Harrisburg City Islanders — Did not play. Tournament: 0 games.

Christopher Williams, D, San Antonio Scorpions — Started in Tuesday’s 2-2 (4-3 P.K.) loss to FC Tuscon. Tournament: 1 game, 1 start, 0 clean sheets.

Jason Yeisley, F, Richmond Kickers — Did not play. Tournament: 0 games.

Colin Zizzi, D, Harrisburg City Islanders — Started and played 90 minutes in Tuesday’s 1-0 loss at Reading. Tournament: 1 game, 1 start.

Canadian Championship

Corey Hertzog, F, Vancouver Whitecaps — Next game scheduled for May 29, 2013. Cup: 2 games, 1 goal.

Andrew Wenger, F, Montreal Impact — Next game scheduled for May 29, 2013. Cup: 3 games, 3 starts, 1 goal.

NASL

Pat Hannigan, GK, San Antonio Scorpions — Started and played 90 minutes in Saturday’s 1-0 loss to Atlanta. Season: 5 games, 5 starts, 19 saves, 11 goals against.

Christopher Williams, D, San Antonio Scorpions — Started and played 90 minutes in Saturday’s 1-0 loss to Atlanta. Season: 4 games, 3 starts, 0 clean sheets.

Jeremy Vuolo, GK, San Antonio Scorpions — In the 18, but did not play. Season: 1 game, 1 start, 5 saves, 1 goal against.

USL PRO

Tyler Bellemy, D, Rochester Rhinos — Started and played 90 minutes in Saturday’s 0-0 draw at Charleston. Season: 4 games, 3 starts.

Thomas Brandt, D, Harrisburg City Islanders — Did not play. Season: 3 games, 2 starts.

Tony Donatelli, M, VSI Tampa Bay — Started and played 90 minutes in Sunday’s 1-0 win over Wilmington. Season: 8 games, 8 starts, 1, goal, 1 assist.

Cristhian Hernandez, M, Harrisburg City Islanders — Started and played 76 minutes in Friday’s 2-0 loss to Richmond. Season: 7 games, 7 starts, 2 goals, 2 assists.

Morgan Langley, F, Harrisburg City Islanders — Started and played 90 minutes in Friday’s 2-0 loss to Richmond. Season: 6 games, 6 starts, 2 goals.

Jimmy McLaughlin, M, Harrisburg City Islanders — Played 18 minutes in Friday’s 2-0 loss to Richmond. Season: 5 games, 2 starts, 1 goal.

J.T. Noone, M, VSI Tampa Bay — Started and played 90 minutes in Sunday’s 1-0 win over Wilmington, scoring a goal in the 71st minute. Season: 8 games, 8 starts, 1 goal.

Jason Pelletier, M, Harrisburg City Islanders — Started and played 90 minutes in Friday’s 2-0 loss to Richmond. Season: 4 games, 4 starts, 2 clean sheets.

Mike Seamon, M, Pittsburgh Riverhounds — Started and played 5 minutes in 2-0 win over Antigua. Season: 10 games, 10 starts.

Andrew Welker, F, Harrisburg City Islanders — Did not play. Season: 1 game, 1 start.

Jason Yeisley, F, Richmond Kickers — Did not play. Season: 4 games, 4 starts, 1 goal.

Colin Zizzi, D, Harrisburg City Islanders — Started and played 82 minutes in Friday’s 2-0 loss to Richmond. Season: 7 games, 7 starts, 1 assist, 1 clean sheet.

Austrian Bundesliga

Eddie Gustafsson, GK, Red Bull Salzburg — Started and played 90 minutes in Thursday’s 2-2 draw with SV Reid. Did not play on Saturday. Season (League): 5 games, 5 starts, 5 goals against, 1 clean sheet. Season (Cup): 4 games, 4 starts, 3 goals against, 2 clean sheets.

Finnish Veikkausliiga (Premier Division)

Jon Okafor, M, MYPA — Full report for Sunday’s match unavailable as of writing. Season: 8 games, 2 starts.

Finnish Kakkonen (Second Division)

Alex DeJohn, D, Ekenäs IF — Full report for Sunday’s match unavailable as of writing. Season: 5 games, 5 starts, 2 clean sheets.

Norwegian First Division

Zarek Valentin, D, FK Bodø/Glimt — Started and played 90 minutes in Saturday’s 2-0 win over Kristiansund BK. Season: 9 games, 9 starts, 5 clean sheets.

Swedish Superettan

Billy Schuler, M, Hammarby IF — Started and played 90 minutes in Thursday’s 1-0 loss at GAIS Göteborg. Played 21 minutes in Monday’s 1-0 loss to Jönköpings Södra IF.  Season: 7 games, 5 starts, 1 goal.

Swedish Division 1 North

Anthony Allison, F, Umeå FC — Started and played 86 minutes in Saturday’s 3-1 loss to Sandviken IF. Season: 7 games, 6 starts, 1 goal, 1 assist.

One Comment

  1. Could we get him to be macmaths mentor? He sounds perfect for the job.

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