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Lost in all the Philadelphia Union hype was that several local players got drafted by MLS clubs on Thursday.

Allentown’s Jason Yeisley, Lehigh University’s Adam Welch, FC Delco product Kevin Tangney and Villanova University’s Mike Seamon all made the cut at the draft. Yeisley and Welch are former players for the newly dubbed Reading United A.C., the minor league club now affiliated with Philadelphia Union.

Here’s a look at the players, their new teams, and what their prospects are:

Mike Seamon

Mike Seamon, midfielder/forward – Seattle Sounders, 2nd round, pick 27

Seamon is a 6-1 attacker from Rahway, N.J., who recorded five goals and seven assists in 2009 and led Villanova in scoring all four years in college. The Sounders made him their second pick after reaching for forward David Estrada in the first round. Seamon’s ability to play both midfield and forward could help him find the field, because that’s basically the same role Sebastien Le Toux played last season before the Sounders lost him to Philadelphia Union in the expansion draft. (more…)

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It belongs in a museum!

 

A mere fifteen years after their fifth NCAA Men’s soccer title, Virginia lifted the cup again. After a scoreless game, the Cavaliers hit their first three penalty kicks to send the top-seeded Akron Zips home empty-handed.      

Akron last appeared in a Men’s soccer final in 1986 when they lost to another ACC opponent, the Duke Blue Devils. They came into the game as the favorites, and lost despite allowing zero goals throughout the entire College Cup tournament.      

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Major League Soccer announced on Thursday its list of 62 college seniors who will be invited to the 2010 adidas MLS Player Combine, and several local players are among them.

They include Penn State striker Jason Yeisley, who’s from Allentown, Lehigh University defender Adam Welch, and J.T. Noone, a a Temple University midfielder who played with the Ocean City Barons team that went so deep into the U.S. Open Cup this year.

The combine will take place in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., on Jan. 8-12, 2010, finishing up two days before the MLS SuperDraft that takes place here in Philadelphia on Jan. 14.

Last year, 42 of the 60 players drafted by MLS teams had attended the 2009 combine, with 10 chosen in the first round, according to MLS. That should give a sense of these players prospects.

Welch was Patriot League defender of the year this year, while Noone is an academic  All-American in addition to his on-field exploits. Yeisley is a guy who tore things up as a freshman, only to lose nearly two full seasons to injuries, and yet he still came back to be an impact player with Penn State.

If you plan to attend the draft in Philadelphia, please let us know, as we plan to follow it and would like to hear as many observations as possible.

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There wasn’t a lot of fanfare when Bob Reasso resigned as Rutgers University men’s soccer coach Monday. There should have been. 

Reasso took an ordinary soccer program and turned it into a giant of college soccer. Rutgers made three final fours and a national championship game. When the U.S. finally stepped onto the world soccer stage of the 1990s, Rutgers alums Peter Vermes and Alexi Lalas were among those leading the way. Rutgers routinely produced solid professional players. Just last month, former Rutgers player Dilly Duka signed with Major League Soccer’s Generation Adidas, and Philadelphia Union coach Josh Gros is another Rutgers alum.

Rutgers was often a sea of sports misery back in the 90s, but the school’s soccer team gave students something to cheer. Students who normally would have no interest in soccer went to matches. I know, because I was one of them. Back in those days, I was a former three-sport high school athlete focused on basketball, and I’d never consistently played or followed soccer. My friends would drag me out to games at Yurcak Field, and it boggled my mind, because most of them weren’t soccer players. Why would they go? Was it just that we knew some soccer players in our dorms? Then you got to the game and saw more people than you’d ever think you’d see at a routine college soccer match. Even if soccer wasn’t your sport (and it wouldn’t become mine until years later), you knew that you might just see greatness out on the field. 

Reasso was the foundation of all that. 

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Preseason camp. Two miles in ten minutes. Senior season. This is the year to make the NCAAs.
These, I’m guessing, were some of the thoughts swirling around in the back of my cousin, Chris Campell’s mind, as he and a couple of friends headed to the fields at Chestnut Hill College just a few days prior to preseason camp beginning at Franklin and Marshall College.
Warm up. Short field games. Go home and play basketball.
Once around the track.
Once around the track.
I was at work and the phone kept ringing. I had someone at my desk, so I wasn’t answering. Third time’s the charm: I picked up. Kiffy (Chris’s family nickname) died. Get out of work and get over to the house.
What do we do? It’s almost bearable when there’s something to do.
All state in high school. All conference in college. All around the world traveling.
And now memorialized forever on a field on the other side of the world.
Khayletshia Township. Ikhusi School. South Africa.
These are some of the places that I’ve come to know.
What is inside a soccer ball?
Transformation of the flesh and the spirit. And the power of the whole world.
CTC. Christopher Thomas Campbell. 10. Traditionally, the striker. Org. A group of men and women who want to make the light shine brighter in just one more child. A child who could change the world, just as our world was changed.
Check it out.

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Swarthmore, Pennsylvania is approximately 20 miles outside of Philadelphia.  It is a small and unmemorable town.

And yet this is where the best Philadelphia-area soccer team plays.  Swarthmore College is ranked 18th in the latest D-III poll and advanced to the second round of the Division III NCAA tournament after beating Merchant Marine Academy on Saturday. The highest ranked D-I program in the Philadelphia area is the University of Pennsylvania at a lofty #68.  Villanova slides in at #69, barely avoiding the ignominy that comes with septuagenarian status.

Covering Philadelphia’s college soccer scene is like eating dinner at your boss’s house:  The meat is undercooked, the small talk is excruciating, and the dog is convinced he has located a vast untapped vein of Kibbles & Bits somewhere deep within your crotch region.  Yet we have to put a good face on the state of college soccer in Philadelphia because it seems like bad salesmanship to introduce one of this site’s major foci by blasting it to shreds.


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