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More trialist names confrimed

January 28, 2010 Leave a comment
Shintaro Harada

Shintaro Harada

Daniel Zajac, a former standout at Drexel University and current assistant coach at Downingtown East High School, and Shintaro Harada, star midfielder for USL-2 side Crystal Palace Baltimore, have begun training with the Philadelphia Union, both players confirmed to C. Horridus earlier today.

Zajac accumulated 21 goals and 10 assists during his four years at Drexel, ranking him 18th all time in total points (52) for the school. He holds the highest point total of any Drexel player over the past ten years.

Harada, a versatile midfielder/defender, has appeared 59 times for Crystal Palace Baltimore since joining the club in 2007. He had previously played for a number of teams in Japan’s J-League, including ALO Hokuriku and Tokushima Vortis.

Harada and Zajac join Temple’s JT Noone and Lehigh’s Sam Bishop at the camp.

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More open tryout callbacks revealed–Yale’s Raybould, Seneca Sting’s Akentan among those returning for second round

January 11, 2010 Leave a comment

As more names emerge from the list of Union callbacks, it is clear that Peter Nowak and his staff have hit a potential gold mine of overlooked collegiate talent. Read more…

Harada, Mascarenhas, Soroka called back for second round of open tryouts

December 22, 2009 10 comments

Brian Mascarenhas


Shintaro Harada, standout midfielder for USL-2 side Crystal Palace Baltimore, Brian Mascarenhas, former  Tottenham Hotspur youth player and US U15-U18 international, and Ryan Soroka, also a former U-17 international, have been called back for the second round of tryouts with the Philadelphia Union. About 26 players total have been invited back.

The second round of tryouts will be on the 24th of January at the YSC complex in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania.

A long ten days–tryout hopefuls anxiously wait for Union callback

December 17, 2009 2 comments

At least three of the top prospects for the Philadelphia Union open tryouts are still in the dark over the results. Shintaro Harada, standout midfielder for USL-2 side Crystal Palace Baltimore, Long Tan, former China U-19 international, and Brian Mascarenhas, former USA U-17 international, have yet to hear back from the club. All three players were featured prominently in profiles on the club’s official website. The club originally said the results would be released between December 11-16.

Brian Mascarenhas

Brian Mascarenhas at UPenn

Mascarenhas, 22, who took part in the Dec. 6 tryouts in Philadelphia, played for Vanderbilt, Georgetown, and the University of Pennsylvania during his college career. He was also part of the US U-17 residency program in 2003. Other players in the program included Freddy Adu, Michael Bradley, Eddie Gaven, and Jonathan Spector. The assistant coach at the time should also be familiar to Union fans—John Hackworth, Peter Nowak’s current second in command.

Hackworth revealed earlier in the week that the team already had a solid idea of at least one player who would be called back. He implied it was likely someone who had played under him at the youth level.

“I hope … I know, for one, there is a surprise local story.” Hackworth told the Delco Daily times. “I don’t want to say (who) because I’ll be tipping my hat, but I think there’s a local story that you guys can work with, someone that has the potential to play in that stadium someday.”

Whether that player is Mascerenhas is unclear. Hackworth was assistant coach of the U-17s in 2003, but he took over as head coach when John Ellinger left for Real Salt Lake in 2004 and continued until 2007. It is likely other players from these teams also took part in the tryouts.

Mascarenhas, who lives in Philadelphia, did, however, get a chance to speak with Hackworth before the tryout.

“I hadn’t talked to coach Hackworth in a while so I thought I’d give him a call and catch up with him.”

Mascarenhas says that Hackworth encouraged him to come down to the tryouts.

“He said it would be beneficial for me to go to the December tryout,” he says, “giving me about three weeks to get ready for it, to make sure I was ready for the fitness test.”

Mascarenhas believes he performed well in the now-infamous beep test—a series of 20 yard sprints run in progressively shorter intervals.

“I was very pleased with what I did,” Mascarenehas says, “I think they were looking for level 16. I got 17. I was the last person running in my group.”

Afterwards, the players made a five minute trek to Franklin field, where they took part in 20 minute, seven-aside sessions—a small window of time with which to impress a pro coach.

“By the time it was over I was like, ‘hey, I just was just starting to get warmed up.'” Mascarenhas says.

If things don’t work out, Mascarenhas plans to continue searching for a pro deal in either the US or Europe—but he’s given himself only a year.

“I also have other things—that I studied in college—that I want to pursue” he says. “like possibly going to law school or working in DC. So I’m looking to do this in this year and see how it pans out. But I’ll keep working, keep training, and hopefully some other options will come up.”