Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySoccer World DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America ClassifiedsGame Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Many newcomers make a mark
by Ridge Mahoney, March 23rd, 2009 7AM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

[MLS] The spectacular Fredy Montero dominated coverage of Seattle's rousing win, yet defender Jhon Hurtado played impressively alongside veteran Tyrone Marshall in his first MLS game, as did USL-1 Sounders graduate Oswaldo Alonso.

Rookie Sam Cronin started alongside Carl Robinson in TFC's midfield as Coach John Carver played with three out-and-out attackers (Dwayne DeRosario, Rohan Ricketts, Amado Guevara) and Chad Barrett more or less as a lone forward in a 3-2 win at Kansas City. TFC is on the road again Saturday to play Columbus.

Attacking midfielder Santiago Hirsig came on for Kansas City in the second half and showed some creative instincts and a nice touch. He earned an assist on one of Davy Arnaud's two incredible long-range strikes, one with each foot, in the loss to Toronto.

For Chivas USA, Mexican newcomers Eduardo Lillingston and Mariano Trujillo started at forward and right back, respectively. Maykel Galindo replaced Lillingston at halftime and a livelier Chivas USA rallied to beat the Rapids, 2-1, with a pair of Paulo Nagamura goals.

Dallas defender Steve Purdy, a Cal-Berkeley product who came to MLS after two seasons in Germany, struggled against the Fire. A slip allowed Patrick Nyarko to set up the winning goal and a foul provided Cuauhtemoc Blanco a free kick he swerved into the net.

Another Bear who first tried his luck in Europe, Andrew Jacobson, came on as a sub for D.C. Dejan Jakovic, 23, started his first MLS game for United and obviously is still sorting out assignments and responsibilities with central partner Greg Janicki and their midfielders.

Rookie defenders A.J. DeLaGarza and Omar Gonzalez started in the Galaxy back line. Neither could stop newcomer Chris Pontius, a Southern Californian who played his college soccer up the road a piece at UC Santa Barbara, from marking his debut in the 62nd minute with a sharp cut and unstoppable shot into the far top corner.

Landon Donovan's header that tied the Galaxy-United match, 2-2, came from a clever chip by Kyle Patterson, a St. Louis University product who had been on the field only five minutes after debuting as a sub in the 80th.

Debutant forwards Cam Weaver and Pablo Garcia both squandered great chances in San Jose's 1-0 loss to New England. Weaver slammed a point-blank rebound off keeper Matt Reis onto the crossbar in the first half; Campos replaced him in the 83rd minute and flashed a header wide of the far post.



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
What They're Saying: CFU president Gordon Derrick    
"I think it is just politics, people are trying to create an atmosphere. If they can ...
Former USL PRO coach cleared on homicide charges    
Chris Spendlove, a former OKC Energy FC assistant coach, was cleared on charges in the death ...
Orlando City presents new details of downtown stadium    
Orlando City presented additional details of its $155 million downtown stadium that will have an increased ...
Video Pick: Amazing overhead golazo in Paraguay    
The Torneo Clausura season is still young in Paraguay, but it may already have its goal ...
Fox Sports will air all 306 Bundesliga matches    
Fox Sports will debut its coverage of the German Bundesliga on Aug. 14 when defending champion ...
NASL Roundup: Rowdies sign second No. 1 MLS draft pick    
First they signed Freddy Adu, Now, the Tampa Bay Rowdies have signed Omar Salgado, giving them ...
MLS All-Star Game averages 833,000 viewers    
Wednesday's AT&T MLS All-Star Game drew 548,000 viewers for Fox Sports 1's first broadcast of the ...
What They're Saying: Hugo Perez    
"I hereby thank the Salvadoran people for their support in regards to the position of national-team ...
ICYMI | MLS: Drogba gets a rock-star greeting in Montreal    
Hundreds of fans turned out to welcome Didier Drogba to Montreal. Philly's new signing, Tranquillo Barnetta, ...
U.S. Abroad: Torres absent from Copa Libertadores final    
After starting both legs of the semifinals, Jose Torres did not play for Mexico's Tigres in ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives