Philadelphia Union Comply with MLS Roster Deadline
Chester, Pa. (March 1, 2011) â" Philadelphia Union have complied with Major League Soccer regulations by submitting their roster, in accordance with the League's March 1 Roster Compliance Deadline. The Union today announced the signing of goalkeeper Thorne Holder and midfielder Ryan Richter. Former Temple University midfielder J.T. Noone and forward Nick Zimmerman have been waived. Per MLS and club's policy, terms of the deals will not be disclosed.
Holder joins the Union from Adelphi University, but he also spent time at the University of Maryland under Goalkeeper Coach Rob Vartughian. The 24-year old ranks second on Adelphia's career shutout list (19) and fourth on the career wins list with 30. Ranked in the top 23 in the nation in GAA in 2009 and 2010, the Trinidadian goalkeeper was named First-Team All-ASC and Co-Defensive MVP of the ASC Tournament, as well as to the NSCAA North Atlantic Second-Team in 2010.
Though Richter was drafted by the Union in the 2011 MLS Supplemental Draft, he did not sign a guaranteed contract. SuperDraft selections Zac MacMath and Michael Farfan signed contracts with Major League Soccer prior to being picked up by the Union on January 13th.
Since the Union's season ended on October 24, 2010, the club has made 23 transactions, including 11 acquisitions and 12 losses. Philadelphia boasts an entirely new set of goalkeepers, led by experienced Colombian international Faryd MondragÃ³n, after the club parted ways with Chris Seitz and Brad Knighton in the offseason.
The Union has also revamped their offensive corps, adding a young forward in Chris Agorsor and former MLS MVP Carlos "El Pescadito" Ruiz to complement Le Toux and Mwanga up top.
The Union continue to add domestic talent with several international additions, including âkeepers Mondragon (Colombia) and Holder (Trinidad & Tobago), defender Carlos Valdés (Colombia) and forward Ruiz (Guatemala). Only three of these new additions count against the eight international roster spots the club has available. Including current internationals Roger Torres and Juan Diego GonzÃ¡lez Alzate, both Colombians, Philadelphia is using a total of five international spots, leaving three places still remaining for future acquisitions.
Raised in Southampton, Pa., Richter starred at nearby La Salle University, where he was named Atlantic 10 Player of the Year as a senior. In four seasons, Richter amassed 28 goals and 13 assists for 69 points and was voted NSCAA Third Team All Region and Philadelphia Soccer Six Player of the Year (2009).
The Union have also waived two players today, the team's first local product, Noone, and one of Nowak's original expansion draft selections, Zimmerman. After training for six months with the Union and splitting time with Philadelphia's club affiliate, Noone played the second half of the Union's first ever international friendly against Irish powerhouse Celtic F.C. on July 14, 2010. In college, Noone was the first Temple Soccer athlete to earn All-American honors in 22 years with his selection to the NSCAA Second Team All-America squad in 2008.
Acquired by Team Manager Peter Nowak in the 2009 MLS Expansion Draft from the New York Red Bulls, Zimmerman debuted with the Union on April during the team's first ever home game and victory. The forward started one of the eight matches he played, logging a total of 159 minutes on the pitch.
Name: Thorne Holder Name: J.T. Noone
Position: Goalkeeper Position: Midfielder
Birthday: April 4, 1986 Birthdate: June 17, 1988
Birthplace: Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago Birthplace: Harrisburg, Pa.
Height: 6-4 Height: 6-0
Weight: 183 Weight: 160
Previous Club: Adelphi Previous Club: Temple
Pronunciation: Thorne Holder Pronunciation: J.T. Noon
Name: Ryan Richter Name: Nick Zimmerman
Position: Forward Position: Forward
Birthday: April 12, 1989 Birthdate: May 3, 1987
Birthplace: Southampton, Pa. Birthplace: Tampa, Fla.
Height: 6-2 Height: 6-0
Weight: 175 Weight: 185
Previous Club: La Salle University Previous Club: New York Red Bulls
Pronunciation: Ryan Rick-ter Pronunciation: Nick Zimm-er-man
PHILADELPHIA UNION OFFSEASON TRANSACTIONS:
Date Sta. Player Pos. Last Club Transaction
11/22/2010 S Brian Carroll MF Columbus Crew Conditional 2nd Round 2011
SuperDraft pick and allocation money
12/22/2010 S Zach Pfeffer MF FC Delco First Homegrown Player
01/11/2011 GA Zac MacMath GK UMD College Park 2011 MLS SuperDraft (#5 overall)
01/11/2011 S Michael FarfÃ¡n MF UNC Chapel Hill 2011 MLS SuperDraft (#23 overall)
01/18/2011 S Ryan Richter MF La Salle University 2011 MLS Supplemental Draft
01/20/2011 I Faryd MondragÃ³n GK FC Cologne (Germany) Free transfer
01/20/2011 I Carlos Valdés DF Indep. Santa Fe Free transfer
02/14/2011 S Chris Agorsor FW UVA MLS weighted lottery
02/22/2011 S Carlos Ruiz FW Aris F.C. (Greece) Free transfer
03/01/2011 I Thorne Holder GK Adelphi University ---
Date Sta. Player Pos. Next Club Transaction
11/24/2010 S Shea Salinas MF Vancouver Whitecaps 2010 Expansion Draft (#8 overall)
11/24/2010 S Alejandro Moreno FW Vancouver Whitecaps 2010 Expansion Draft (#14 overall)
Chivas USA Trade
12/16/2010 S Chris Seitz GK FC Dallas 2010 Re-Entry Draft
12/16/2010 S Fred MF NE Revolution 2010 Re-Entry Draft
D.C. United Rights traded
01/14/2011 I Toni Stahl DF --- Option Declined
01/25/2011 S Brad Knighton GK --- Waived
02/08/2011 S Cristian Arrieta DF --- Waived
02/14/2011 I Eduardo Coudet MF --- Waived
02/18/2011 S Andrew Jacobson MF FC Dallas Traded for Dallas' 2nd Round pick of
03/01/2011 S J.T. Noone MF --- Waived
03/01/2011 S Nick Zimmerman FW --- Waived
PHILADELPHIA UNION 2011 ROSTER:
# Name Pos Ht Wt Age Birthplace Last Club Status
1 Faryd MondragÃ³n GK 6-3 207 39 Cali, Colombia FC Cologne I
2 Jordan Harvey DF 5-11 170 27 Mission Viejo, Calif. Colorado Rapids S
3 Juan Diego GonzÃ¡lez DF 6-0 160 30 MedillÃn, Colombia Deportivo Pereira I
4 Danny Califf DF 5-11 175 30 Montclair, Calif. FC Midtjylland S
5 Carlos Valdes DF 6-0 176 25 Cali, Colombia Independiente Santa Fe I
6 Stefani Miglioranzi MF 6-1 160 33 Pocos de Caldas, Brazil LA Galaxy S
7 Brian Carroll MF 5-10 155 29 Springfield, Va. Columbus Crew S 8 Roger Torres MF 5-5 140 19 Barrancabermeja, Colombia América de Cali I
9 Sebastien Le Toux FW 6-0 165 27 Mont-Saint-Aignan, France Seattle Sounders FC S
10 Danny Mwanga FW 6-2 175 19 Kinshasa, D.R. of Congo Oregon State GA
12 Chris Agorsor FW 5-9 145 21 Severn, Md. Virginia GA
13 Kyle Nakazawa MF 5-11 165 22 Torrance, Calif. UCLA S
14 Amobi Okugo MF 6-0 175 19 Hayward, Calif. UCLA GA
18 Zac MacMath GK 6-2 176 19 St. Petersburg, Fla. Maryland GA
19 Jack McInerney FW 5-8 155 18 Chattanooga, Tenn. U-17 National Team GA
20 Carlos Ruiz FW 5-9 145 31 Guatemala City, Guatemala Aris FC S
21 Michael Farfan MF 5-9 160 22 San Diego, Calif. UNC S
22 Justin Mapp MF 6-1 160 26 Brandon, Miss. Chicago Fire S
23 Ryan Richter M/F 6-2 175 21 Southampton, Pa. La Salle University S
24 Thorne Holder GK 6-4 183 24 Port of Spain, Trinidad Adelphi University S
25 Sheanon Williams D/M 5-11 170 20 Boston, Mass. Harrisburg City Islanders S
27 Zach Pfeffer MF 5-7 140 16 Dresher, Pa. FC Delco S
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