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Who is Anton Peterlin and how could he possibly go from a PDL squad (USA fourth division) to English Premier League side Everton? The news is here, the terrific background story is here.

(This week's list does not include players that weren't on game-day rosters)
Tim Howard 90 minutes in Everton's 2-0 win at Sunderland
Marcus Hahnemann 90 in Reading's 2-1 loss to Birmingham
Troy Perkins 90 in Valerenga's 3-2 loss to Start
Luis Robles in 18 but didn't play in Kaiserslautern's 5-1 loss at Hansa Rostock
Brad Friedel and Brad Guzan with Aston Villa vs. Hull City on Monday
Oguchi Onyewu 90 in Standard Liege's 0-0 tie at Zulte-Waregem
Carlos Bocanegra 90 in Rennes' 1-0 win at PSG
Jonathan Spector in 18 but didn't play in West Ham's 1-0 win at Stoke City
Jay DeMerit 90 in Watford's 3-1 win over Derby County
Michael Orozco 90 (goal) in San Luis' 3-1 loss at Santos
(Watch Orozco's goal at the 6:50 mark of this video.)
Frank Simek in 18 but didn't play in Sheffield Wednesday's 1-0 win over Cardiff City
Danny Califf 90 in Midtjylland's 2-0 win at Nordsjaelland
Michael Parkhurst 90 in Nordsjaelland's 2-0 loss to Midtjylland
Clarence Goodson 90 in Start's 3-2 win at Valerenga
Hunter Freeman 90 in Start's 3-2 win at Valerenga

Keep reading....

Clint Dempsey 90 in Fulham's 3-1 loss at Chelsea
Michael Bradley 90 in Moenchengladbach's 2-1 loss at Bayern Munich
Maurice Edu 90 in Glasgow Rangers' 2-0 win over Hearts
Jose Francisco Torres 30 in Pachuca's 5-1 win over Chiapas
Marco Vidal 84 in Indios' 1-0 win at Cruz Azul [updated]
Jeremiah White and Benny Feilhaber with Aarhus at Odense on Monday
Freddy Adu in 18 but didn't play in Monaco's 1-0 loss to Auxerre
Eddie Johnson in 18 but didn't play in Cardiff City's 1-0 loss at Sheffield Wednesday
Jemal Johnson 38 in MK Dons' 1-0 win at Hereford United
Mike Grella 13 in Leeds' 3-0 win over Northampton

By Steve Goff  |  May 3, 2009; 2:37 PM ET
Categories:  U.S. men's national team , USL  
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Can American footballers offer themselves up for adoption by EU citizens? Failing that, there is always the mail-order bride business.

Posted by: universityandpark | May 3, 2009 2:57 PM | Report abuse seems that Verizon has added TELEFUTURA...would have been nice last week.

Posted by: fischy | May 3, 2009 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Nice story on the PDL kid.

Freedom v. Athletica - soggy kickoff at 6 pm.

Chop chop Paul T . . .

Posted by: MR1Caretaker | May 3, 2009 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Cap Anton Peterlin!

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | May 3, 2009 3:45 PM | Report abuse

"(This week's list does not include players that weren't on game-day rosters)"

If you copy/paste, your fingers won't cramp from typing "not in the 18."

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | May 3, 2009 3:47 PM | Report abuse

The latest radar maps at the Weather Channel site (as of 4:00 p.m.) show that the next line of showers is well to the west, deep inside WV. Things should stay dry until after kickoff time, but for the rain to hold off all the way to the final whistle may be a stretch.

Posted by: universityandpark | May 3, 2009 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Great story, very Goal! Goff, you'd know, was this guy on anyone's radar? Or is this a matter of the us being so vast that guys with this kind of talent slip through the cracks of our relatively small professional development structure (which is perhaps too focused on Bradenton?)

Posted by: joshuaostevens | May 3, 2009 4:36 PM | Report abuse

I hope the kid Peterlin makes it over there. Off the top of my head, I can't think of who their current holding mid is. They are a big time club however, anyone who says otherwise should get out more often. Great story on him Goff, thanks for the link.

I'm very happy for Adu getting consistent time on the bench. I know it doesn't do anything for him, and I'd prefer to see him on the field every week, but it does show that he is working harder in training. I still hope he leaves in the summer.

Edu with Bradley hin front of him this summer. With Dempsey and Donovan on the flanks, and Jozy and Ching up top. That's gotta be our 6 in the Confederations Cup. It has to be.

Posted by: adamsunited | May 3, 2009 4:52 PM | Report abuse

is this kid even on bradley's radar? you'd think everton knew a thing or two about scouting.

Posted by: irebatt | May 3, 2009 5:04 PM | Report abuse

I've got two reactions.

Wow, you lucky kid. Go for it.

Second, did he have to be another defensive midfielder? I mean, usually teams have one, or two. We've got enough depth in this position to fill both benches. Ah well.

Hopefully, he makes his mark.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | May 3, 2009 5:27 PM | Report abuse

The legend of Santiago Munez lives!!!!

Posted by: jrnail23 | May 3, 2009 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Once again MLS scouting shows how far behind it is the rest of the world.

Posted by: redly10 | May 3, 2009 6:16 PM | Report abuse

Once again MLS scouting shows how far behind it is the rest of the world.

Posted by: redly10 | May 3, 2009 6:16 PM

That sounds like a brilliant comment, but...If you read the piece, Sigi Schmid was well aware of the kid and his ability. So. maybe MLS did no miss him. Strange that he was not drafted, but there may be more to the story than we know.

Posted by: fischy | May 3, 2009 7:01 PM | Report abuse

Grover Gibson went 90ish (didn't check after minute 85) for Ahlen B.2. Guess he is back from injury and being a pain in the butt.

Posted by: Reignking | May 3, 2009 7:48 PM | Report abuse


To bolster your point, there's also the fact that he had trials with Chicago and San Jose. That's 3 MLS teams that were on the scene ahead of Everton. If Peterlin knew he had this trial with Everton coming up, I feel like it's pretty likely that he would tell MLS clubs that he was looking at Europe. He was obviously already aware of his own Danish background and the EU passport that comes with it. I would imagine he also realized that if his Euro options didn't pan out, those same MLS clubs that had him on trial (and perhaps others) would still be interested.

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | May 3, 2009 8:30 PM | Report abuse

Marco Vidal, a kid from Dallas, has plays for Indios de Cd Juarez in Mexico's top division. He didn't play at all in the early part of the season but has been in the last 3 games I think.

Here's a link to yesterday's summary:

Indios are not a famous team because this is their first season in the top Division. The good news for them, is Indios won at Cruz Azul yesterday to avoid relegation w a week still left to play in the regular season. A couple weekends ago they looked relegation bound.

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | May 3, 2009 9:44 PM | Report abuse

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