Philadelphia Union’s International Class


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United States international winger FREDDY ADU (11), who is away at a training camp for the Under-23 national side attempting to qualify for the final tournament of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games to be held in England and will miss the home opener of the Philadelphia Union against the visiting Colorado Rapids this Sunday afternoon, avoids the sliding-tackle of Portland Timbers defender ANDREW JEAN-BAPTISTE (35), the 19-year-old Brooklyn native who played two years at the University of Connecticut before turning pro this winter, during the Major League Soccer match last Monday night at Jeld-Wen Field in the Pacific Northwest.
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Sadly, El Pescadito (“The Little Fish”) has moved downstream and signed for second division side Tiburones Rojos de Veracruz in Mexico to deprive the PHILADELPHIA UNION of, perhaps, its most recognizable international player.

Colorful veteran CARLOS RUIZ once scored 24 goals for the Los Angeles Galaxy in 2002 and captured Major League Soccer’s Most Valuable Player award that same year. The now 32-year-old netted six goals from fourteen appearances in MLS for Philadelphia last season after arriving in the summer from Greek club FC Aris Thessaloniki. Ruiz is, of course, the all-time leading goal-scorer for the national team of Guatemala (93 caps, 46 go).

The most experienced international footballer to be found on the Philadelphia Union to start this new 2012 Major League Soccer season is well-traveled Panama international midfielder GABRIEL GOMEZ. The interesting resume of the 27-year-old defensive specialist includes time on the books of Colombian first division club Independiente Santa Fe in addition to three seasons spent in the Portuguese top flight with Lisbon-based CFO Belenenses. Gomez, who netted the lone goal for the Philadelphia Union in the 3-1 loss to the Portland Timbers in the first round of MLS this past Monday, split last season between Colombian first division club CD La Equidad Seguros of Bogota and Mexican second division club Indios de Ciudad Juarez.

75 caps, 8 goals … Panama …………………… MF – Gabriel GOMEZ
51 caps, 9 goals … Trinidad / Tobago …… MF – Keon DANIEL
23 caps, 1 goals … United States ………….. DF – Danny CALIFF
22 caps, 1 goals … United States ………….. DF – Chris ALBRIGHT
17 caps, 2 goals … United States ………….. MF – Freddy ADU
16 caps, 2 goals … Costa Rica ………………. MF – Josue MARTINEZ

8 caps, 0 goals ….. United States …………. MF – Brian CARROLL
4 caps, 1 goals ….. Colombia ……………….. DF – Carlos VALDES
1 caps, 0 goals ….. Costa Rica ……………… DF – Porifiro LOPEZ

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Philadelphia Union striker LIONARD PAJOY (23), the 30-year-old uncapped, off-season acquisition who scored 13 goals in 32 matches for Colombian first division club CD Ciudad Itagui last term, attempts to fend off the challenge of Ghana U-20 international midfielder KALIF ALHASSAN, who originally signed with the-then USSF second division Portland Timbers club from GLO Premier League club Liberty Professionals in August of 2010, during the MLS match at the Jeld-Wen Field.

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