All About Yanks Abroad Catchall Thread 2014/15

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  1. Dave Marino-Nachison

    Jun 9, 1999
    Here's an updated catchall thread for YA news and updates you're not quite sure what to do with.

    Here's last year's thread:

    http://forums.bigsoccer.com/threads/all-about-yanks-abroad-running-thread-2013-14.1994969/

    And, to get things started, a story (in German) about years-ago under-the-radar German-American YA Billy Kemper. (Anybody but me remember that name?) He moved to the States, drives a truck, coaches and still plays ball.

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    http://www.rnz.de/buchen/00_2014062...haelt-heute-zu-Mueller-und-Co.html#ad-image-0
     
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  2. Testudo

    Testudo Member+

    Jan 29, 1999
    Arlington, VA
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
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  3. Dave Marino-Nachison

    Jun 9, 1999
    @bungadiri, @Friedel'sAccent and/or @dark knight, would you mind making this a sticky and removing the old one? (If you liked, you could also delete my "please make this a sticky" posts... ;)
     
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  4. bungadiri

    bungadiri Super Moderator
    Staff Member

    Jan 25, 2002
    Acnestia
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Got it. Thanks, as always, DMN.
     
  5. Dave Marino-Nachison

    Jun 9, 1999
    Snip:

    You might remember the story about Niko Touros, who was seen by scout Ricardo Enriquez while playing for Alianza de Futbol Hispano last summer at Flushing Meadows Park. His stellar play led to a successful tryout with the Under-20’s of powerhouse Mexican side Leon last winter.

    Unfortunately, Niko needs surgery to repair his ACL so he could not return to Mexico this summer.
    http://www.soccernation.com/kosmos-...e-s-scholarship-cms-6071#sthash.xkYT8761.dpuf
     
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  6. Dave Marino-Nachison

    Jun 9, 1999
  7. Dave Marino-Nachison

    Jun 9, 1999
    Since he's 11, and only training, I'll just log this here for now:

    Austin Welch was hand-picked from an invitation-only camp of 65 kids in July as the lone winner and received an opportunity to train with Feyenoord’s academy in November. Four academy coaches from Feyenoord selected the 11-year-old from Georgetown, Kentucky.
    http://www.topdrawersoccer.com/club-soccer-articles/pro-prospects:-earning-the-invite_aid33407

    Not sure this article needs the header "Pro Prospects," but I certainly hope the lad becomes one.
     
  8. Testudo

    Testudo Member+

    Jan 29, 1999
    Arlington, VA
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Matt Miazga, the youngest player on the Red Bulls... has... been a member of the Red Bulls organization since joining their Under-14 Academy team in 2009, and he turned down a scholarship to Michigan and several pro offers overseas to stick with his hometown club.... During his senior year, when most friends were making summer plans and enjoying the final days of high school, Miazga had been elevated to play in reserve games for the Red Bulls first team and was traveling the world competing internationally for both the U-18 U.S. national team and the Polish U-18 national team.
    http://www.nj.com/redbulls/index.ss...d_matt_miazga_making_mark_with_red_bulls.html

    In the video interview, he addresses the choice he faced between school and professional soccer in the US or abroad at 1:38 a little bit, then toward the end mentions his unsurprising hopes of playing abroad at the highest level at some point-
    http://video-embed.nj.com/services/...AAAAPLMILBk~,Vn8u6tPOf8Us2eD8W1ez5Zw-Ss_6Anfe
     
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  9. Elninho

    Elninho Member+

    Oct 30, 2000
    Sacramento, CA
    Club:
    Los Angeles Galaxy
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Al Ain FC and assistant coach Hisham Sorour have progressed to the AFC Champions League semifinals. I think there's a catchall thread for American coaches, but I can't find it.

    I was curious about his career before Al Ain, so did some Google searching. According to Sorour's LinkedIn profile, he coached at Eden Prairie Soccer Club in Minnesota from 2003 through 2009 before being hired by Al Ain as an academy coach. He was promoted to first team assistant coach in March 2014. There's also a short news article about him being hired to coach boys' soccer at Chaska High School in Chaska, MN in 2008, which notes that he also coached the same school's girls from 2000 through 2004.

    So... going from coaching youth and high school soccer in Minnesota to coaching Asamoah Gyan at a club in the AFC Champions League semifinals, in just 5 years: pretty impressive. Also makes me wonder what other clubs in less-prominent footballing nations are quietly hiring coaches from the United States.
     
  10. Hararea

    Hararea Member+

    Jan 21, 2005
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  11. Elninho

    Elninho Member+

    Oct 30, 2000
    Sacramento, CA
    Club:
    Los Angeles Galaxy
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    So far, he's not listed as having signed with any team in the new Indian Super League, though I notice that Wikipedia lists several teams as still having open foreign player slots. The I-League doesn't start until after the ISL season concludes. The Wikipedia page for the 2014-15 I-League season lists foreign players under contract; Gilstrap isn't there, and there are only six non-Asian foreign player slots open league-wide.

    I notice the ISL has a few US connections. Two former MLS players, Cornell Glen and Sunil Chhetri, are in the league. Seeing as the previous abortive attempt at starting this league brought Santino Quaranta briefly out of retirement, they're probably actively looking for players in the US. One of the lesser-known Indian players in the league, Pratik Shinde of FC Pune City, played the 2011-2013 seasons in the NPSL for the Galveston Pirates and Houston Hurricanes.

    There are two US connections among the I-League's foreign players under contract for the upcoming season. One is Glen, and the other is US-born Afghanistan international Ahmed Hatifie.
     
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  12. Testudo

    Testudo Member+

    Jan 29, 1999
    Arlington, VA
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    He may have gone there to coach. He left a coaching position to go there and hadn't played in a couple years, right?
     
  13. Hararea

    Hararea Member+

    Jan 21, 2005
    Gilstrap? He was helping out at Pitt but still playing for the Riverhounds.
     
  14. Testudo

    Testudo Member+

    Jan 29, 1999
    Arlington, VA
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Ah OK. I wonder if their bankruptcy motivated the move.
     
  15. Dave Marino-Nachison

    Jun 9, 1999
  16. BostonRed

    BostonRed Member+

    Oct 9, 2011
    Somerville, MA
    Club:
    New England Revolution
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Yank Anton del Rosario has switched teams in the Philippines.

    Kaya Futbol Club Statement on Eddie Mallari and Anton del Rosario

    Kaya Futbol Club would like to announce the departure of long-serving players Eddie Mallari and Anton del Rosario. Eddie joined Kaya in 2006 while Anton joined in 1999. They have played important roles for Kaya’s success through the years, especially in our winning the United Football League (UFL) in 2009. Anton was Kaya’s respected captain who led the team through the challenges and rigors of the league. After years of service, Eddie and Anton will forever be part of the club’s history.

    Everyone at Kaya respects their decision and wishes Eddie and Anton the very best. They are leaving the club with our sincerest gratitude for their massive contributions, commitment, and dedication to Kaya during their time with us.



    Eddie Mallari and Anton del Rosario have signed for Loyola

    http://filipinofootball.blogspot.com/2014/09/kaya-futbol-club-statement-on-eddie.html

     
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  17. Dave Marino-Nachison

    Jun 9, 1999
    Always kind of hard to know what to make of announcements like this, but anyway:

    T.J. Cairney of Aurora and Matthew Dovalosky of Naperville might be typical middle school students today, but they could be famous soccer players on the world stage someday.

    The two boys who play for the Kickers Soccer Club of Aurora will get a first-hand look at elite English soccer this spring when they travel to the United Kingdom to pick up a few pointers from coaches at one of the top soccer schools in the world: the West Ham United International Academy.

    ...

    Weaver said T.J. from the Kickers’ U12/U13 teams and Matthew from the Kickers’ U13/U14 teams were selected after impressing the West Ham United coaches at both the talent camp in Aurora and the national camp in Georgia. Only 16 players per age group were selected from the national pool to attend the academy.
    http://beaconnews.suntimes.com/2014/09/15/local-kids-invited-play-soccer-england/
     
  18. MLSFan123

    MLSFan123 Member+

    Mar 21, 2011
    Boston Area
    Club:
    New England Revolution
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Not sure where this should go but it could affect American players going forward who want to play in England

    http://prosoccertalk.nbcsports.com/...k-permit-rules-to-cut-down-on-non-eu-players/
    Dyke would plan to, among other things, restrict visa applicants to those in the top 70 FIFA-ranked countries, and institute a minimum transfer fee (thought to be between $16-24 million) that would enable a player from any country to bypass the system and come through to a team.

    He believes that the number of “mediocre” players from abroad is restricting young English talent from being developed properly, a potential cause of the downturn the country’s national team has taken.

    Dyke revealed in May that of the 122 non-EU players who had come to England since 2009, 79% were denied upon first entry but were allowed in on the appeals process.

    These new rules would seriously hinder the ability of a player from the United States to make his way over to the Premier League without dual citizenship of an EU country.
     
  19. Elninho

    Elninho Member+

    Oct 30, 2000
    Sacramento, CA
    Club:
    Los Angeles Galaxy
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
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  20. Ghost

    Ghost Member+

    Sep 5, 2001
    1) This is the worst YA year in forever.

    2) This forum needs more consistent pbp.
     
  21. Dave Marino-Nachison

    Jun 9, 1999
    I'd never heard the Davy Arnaud almost-YA story...

    At 10, when his mother married a Brit, he moved to Saffron Walden in Essex, one hour north of London.

    “Even before I went, soccer was what I wanted to do more than anything,” Arnaud said. “Moving there enhanced it.”

    He followed his stepfather’s lead and embraced Chelsea. He entered the Peterborough youth system but, at age 16, was not offered a Youth Training Scheme contract, the pathway to becoming a pro. So he moved back to Texas and lived with his father in order to pursue soccer.
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/sport...592046-4a40-11e4-a4bf-794ab74e90f0_story.html

    Something tells me Davy turned out to be good enough for Chesterfield...
     
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  22. Dave Marino-Nachison

    Jun 9, 1999
    Where did I get that from? I meant Peterborough.

    Also, I dated Saffron Walden sophomore year. Nice young lady.
     
  23. Testudo

    Testudo Member+

    Jan 29, 1999
    Arlington, VA
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I'm just mad about Saffron
     
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  24. Dave Marino-Nachison

    Jun 9, 1999
    It's worse than you think. I made the whole affair up -- she wouldn't give me the time of day.
     
  25. Dave Marino-Nachison

    Jun 9, 1999
    Here's a sad story about an American-raised player who died in a car crash while heading to practice with a team in Colombia.

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    Ricardo Marin, who starred on the Cardozo HS boys soccer team before graduating from the Queens school in 2013, died in a car accident Saturday in his native Colombia. He was 20 years old.

    Marin was a member of the Golden Eagles sub-20 semi-professional soccer team there, and was trying to achieve his dream of playing professional soccer in the country where he was born, according to his high school coach, Richard Parascos.
    http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/h...illed-car-accident-colombia-article-1.1961723
     
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