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Former YNTers signing in the NPSL roundup
   April 21, 2014 (1:10 PM) by Howie Michaels

As avid readers of this site, I’m sure many of you have been vexed by such questions as “Whatever happened to Alex Molano?” and “Where did Vincenzo Bernardo wind up, anyways?” If you’ve lost sleep trying to figure out the answers to these types of questions, I have good news: we’ve solved some mysteries.

Vincenzo Bernardo, who came up with Napoli’s youth system before Napoli’s brief run as the cool team for American fans to root for, was last seen playing in the 2nd tier of Guatemala after having also played in the lower levels of Switzerland and the US. He has resurfaced in the US again, signing with Miami United FC of the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) (semi-pro quasi-4th tier).

Meanwhile, in Texas, Dallas City FC has stacked their roster with players you’ve heard of from their days with the U-20s and U-17s:

– Victor Garza (Tigres academy)

– Moises Orozco (Tigres academy)

– Alex Molano (Dinamo Zagreb)

– Marlon Duran (FC Dallas)

They also have Bryan Levya, a former FC Dallas guy who I don’t believe was ever US-eligible.

Categories: Alex Molano, Marlon Duran, Moises Orozco, Victor Garza, Vincenzo Bernardo
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The Jersey Goal Project follows Vincenzo Bernardo in Guatemala
   September 24, 2012 (8:39 PM) by Howie Michaels

Found this one from Brent Latham on Twitter— here’s an interesting new online documentary series regarding Vincenzo Bernardo, who we’ve written about a few times. Most recently with the Harrisburg City Islanders of USL Pro, Bernardo has now made his way to the Guatemalan second division.

Some would become disenchanted with the sport after spending a few years bouncing around the lower rungs of pro soccer, but Bernardo said he knows the importance of getting regular playing time in first-team matches and sees his travels as an adventure.

“These opportunities are for me to play as much as possible because I’m still growing as a player,” he said. “I’m developing each day, and it’s important to play in games. It’s a very humbling experience being able to travel around the world and experience different cultures and traditions and stuff like that as well as being able to play in four different countries at a professional level.

“And, being 22, I think that’s very rare. I don’t know how many players have done that, American players, so I’m just grateful for every opportunity, and it’s just a very unique experience for me.”

Bernardo’s time in Guatemala will be documented by the Jersey Goal project, which will be on YouTube.

Here is the intro teaser.

And the pilot episode.

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Some former Americans in Europe have been found thanks to the NASL
   February 7, 2012 (9:10 PM) by Howie Michaels

The North American Soccer League, the 900th different fledgling attempt at second-division second stateside, released their combine list today. Included are a number of former OT-featured players:

– Vincenzo Bernardo (who actually finished last year with the Harrisburg City Islanders of USL Pro), who spent time in Italy and Austria

– Erik Opsahl who played briefly with Reading before landing in the Swedish 3rd tier for a spell

– Jamel Johnson, frequently confused with Jemal Johnson, who spent some in the Danish 2nd tier

Gale Agbossoumonde has also been said to be set to be loaned to the Carolina Railhawks (which would be different than showing up at the combine) although we’ll have more on that if it ever becomes official.

In semi-related news, Jeremiah White was released from camp by the New England Revolution today. Hard to believe  a guy once capped after a good season in Denmark now can’t make perhaps the worst team in MLS.

Categories: Erik Opsahl, Gale Agbossoumonde, Jamel Johnson, Jeremiah White, Vincenzo Bernardo
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Vincenzo Bernardo looks set to land with the Harrisburg City Islanders
   July 21, 2011 (10:05 PM) by Howie Michaels

The one-time Napoli youth just finished a stint in the Austrian third division. He previously had interest from the Rochester Rhinos of USL Professional Division, but now he looks set to join the Harrisburg City Islanders of USL Pro.

Via PennLive:

The hope is he can eventually sign with the club and contribute down the regular season stretch and into the playoffs. The former United States U-17 and U-20 player is known as an attacking midfielder and/or a forward and will certainly help fill the void created by our recent injuries and the six match suspension of Brian Ombiji.

Now, from his own Twitter account:

I’m wearing the number 7 for the rest of the season. Get your jerseys now!! #Bernardo7

The City Islanders are affiliated with Major League Soccer’s Philadelphia Union, so if Bernardo can perform well (much like Sheanon Williams did last year) he might have an outlet for signing with MLS. The City Islanders are currently 2nd in the National Division of USL Pro with an 8-5-5 record. They have been around since 2004 which is actually pretty impressive for the 3rd division of American soccer.

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Vincenzo Bernardo’s day in the hills has come to an end
   June 8, 2011 (1:22 AM) by Howie Michaels

The 21 year-old New Jersey-born attacking midfielder has decided he aspires to greater things than the 3rd division of Austrian soccer:

Bernardo would not say what MLS teams he has been in touch with lately, but said his time in Austria has made him a better player.

“Once my contract ends with Hochst, I will be a free agent and in search for the right situation for me to move forward. At the moment, I am still undecided on where I want to play but I know that this experience with Hochst has definitely helped me take a step forward,” he said.

Bernardo, who played for Serie A club Napoli’s reserve team and Nola in Italy’s fourth division, spent some time with the Kansas City Wizards last year, but was never signed by them.

Bernardo is not new to traveling around the world to pursue his dream of being a pro player. He moved to Naples at age 16 after playing for the NY/NJ MetroStars’ Youth Academy.

Bernardo trialled with Sporting Kansas City (then the Wizards) and San Jose Earthquakes without any success. He was reported to have had offers from the Harrisburg City Islanders (3rd division, then USL-2, now USL-Pro) and Rochester Rhinos (then USSF Division 2, now 3rd division USL-Pro although one of the rare lower division teams that has shown good management at times) but opted for the Austrian gig instead.

I believe that the 7 goals in 17 matches must include exhibitions. According the Regional Liga’s official website, he scored one goal in 11 matches. Considering that the league was on mid-season break until March, it doesn’t seem likely that they’d have played 17 league matches since then. Plus, Bernardo was claiming 8 goals in 18 matches through the end of May on Twitter. So, while I’m not bashing the player, I’m skeptical of the numbers.

I am guessing that he’ll get wind up in USL-Pro (if anywhere in the US) as that seems to be his level.

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Catching up on the last day of the silly season
   January 31, 2011 (2:48 PM) by Matt Benson

Of course I get sick on the last day of the transfer window, so I slept in and missed a lot of the fun.  Here is what has happened so far.

Michael Bradley’s loan deal to Aston Villa is now official.  Manager Gerard Houllier has some words on Mikey right here.  Aston Villa’s website also has a picture gallery of him holding the jersey right here.  He is going to wear #13 for those ready to purchase a jersey.

I haven’t seen anything on either team’s website yet, but sources have told Ives and Greg Seltzer that Fulham striker Eddie Johnson will be going out on loan to Championship club Preston North End for the rest of the season.  Mark Hughes has given Johnson a chance this season as he has appeared in 11 games in 2010-11, his most in a season since coming over to Fulham, but with Bobby Zamora and other forward options getting healthy, he probably wasn’t going to play much in the second half of the season.  ***UPDATE*** Preston North End’s website has something up on the loan deal now.

While Robbie Findley had his UK work permit approved a couple weeks ago, he headed back to the US to get his visa.  Two weeks passed and nothing else was ever said (he wasn’t listed on Nottingham Forest’s roster on their website the last two weeks), but he has reappeared today as he has secured his visa and his move to Forest has now been completed.

Jozy Altidore’s name has been thrown around a lot in the last 24 hours on twitter and other sources (Bursaspor and Levante getting the most play), but there hasn’t been any real news to report.  So there is nothing to report with him as of now.

Also in the being talked about, but nothing to report as of yet news, Ives is hearing that a Charlie Davies loan deal is being worked on right now.

Twenty-year-old forward Vincenzo Bernardo is now with Austrian third-division club FC Höchst on a short-term deal for the rest of the season.

According to Greg Seltzer, the word out of Sweden is that Djurgarden is trying to swing a deadline deal with Gale Agbossoumonde, who has been on trial with the club the last two weeks.

In that same blog post, he is also hearing that Mike Grella wants to head back to Carlisle United for another loan spell.  With his options limited, it would give him the best chance at playing time compared to staying at Leeds United for the rest of the season.

English League Championship side Reading have signed 18-year-old midfielder Erik Opsahl.  He has been training with Reading the last couple weeks after playing at St John’s University this past season.

It looks like Jemal Johnson has reappeared in Bulgaria with Lokomotiv Sofia after leaving MK Dons last month.

Arch Bell of Yanks Abroad is reporting that goalkeeper Colin Burns will be going out on loan to Norwegian Adeccoligaen club Sandefjord for the 2011 season.  Burns was on Sarpsborg 08 last season, helping them get promoted from the Adeccoligaen to the Eliteserien, but the move should allow for him to get more playing time as he appeared in only three games for Sarpsborg 08 in 2010.

And finally, some non-transfer news, but the USMNT’s friendly against Egypt has been canceled.  It is not too surprising with all the issues going on in Egypt right now.  And it probably would be too hard to find a replacement game on such short notice for many different reasons.

That is it for now.  I will try to post more later if anything else happens.

Categories: Charlie Davies, Colin Burns, Eddie Johnson, Erik Opsahl, Gale Agbossoumonde, Jemal Johnson, Jozy Altidore, Michael Bradley, Mike Grella, Robbie Findley, US Men's National Team, Vincenzo Bernardo