With the MLS Season fast-approaching we take a look at how our Alumni in the pro-ranks are progressing.
Ryan Richter - Toronto FC
After signing for Toronto last year from USLPro side Charleston Battery, Ryan will be looking to build on a succesful debut season in 2014. The 2013 season saw Ryan make 13 MLS regular season appearances, starting 12 of them whilst also contributing an assist from right defense.
Ryan starts this season as part of one of the most exciting franchises in the entire MLS; the signings of big name players such as Brazilian goalkeeper Julio Cesar, striker Jermain Defoe and Team USA star Michael Bradley have led to a real buzz of expectation around the club.
We wish Ryan the best of luck and look forward to seeing him play at the highest level in US mens soccer for years to come. If you would like to get Ryan's views on the season you can find his Twitter page here.
Ryan Finley - Columbus Crew
Ryan goes into the 2014 season on the back of an extremely promising debut season in the MLS, in his first year out of college Ryan appeared in 14 games, contributing a goal and an assist in 430 minutes on the field.
Ryan will be looking to push on this season as the Crew look to build upon their eighth place Eastern Conference finish last season. Nor'easters fans will be particularly interested on April 5th when Ryan Richter and Toronto FC travel to Crew Stadium in a battle of the Nor'easters alums.
Everyone at the Nor'easters would like to wish Ryan the best of luck in the season ahead and will be keeping a close eye on his progress. If you would like to see Ryan's take on the season you can find his Twitter page here.
John McCarthy - Rochester Rhinos
The Rochester Rhinos recently announced the signing of 2011 & 2012 season Nor'easters goalkeeper John McCarthy. After consistently excellent performances for LaSalle to compliment his PDL expoits John was in demand over the 2014 pre-season, trialling with MLS team Seattle Sounders before settlng in Rochester.
John and the Rhinos will now begin pre-season looking to get back to winning ways in 2014 after finishing last season 11th in the USL Pro Division, with Club President Pat Ercoli stating "[the team] have been working very hard at finding the right pieces to the puzzle and I'm sure... [this] will pay big dividends".
During his 2 years with the Nor'easters McCarthy played 23 games, 1961 minutes. In 2011 he battled with another future pro Pat Hannigan for the number 1 spot and in 2012 helped us win the Mid-Atlantic Division. Everybody at the Nor'easters would like to wish John the very best of luck in helping Rochester to success this season.
As well producing players for the MLS, the Nor'easters also have a good record of providing players for the Major Indoor Soccer League. The club currently have 6 alumni in the league;
JT Noone - Baltimore Blast
Tony Donatelli - Baltimore Blast
Chris Williams - Pennsylvania Roar
Jeremy Ortiz - Rochester Lancers
Pat Hannigan - Rochester Lancers
Nate Bourdeau - Syracuse Silver Knights
At the conclusion of the indoor season these players will be expected to sign with USLPro or NASL teams as they have done previously to add to the ranks of ex-Nor'easters playing top-level men's outdoor soccer in the USA.
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