Thanks to a tweet from USL’s Nicholas Murray, I was reminded (and still feel bad about missing…) that yesterday was the 10th Anniversary of the first game for the Modern Era Rowdies, a 1-0 win over now-defunct Crystal Palace Baltimore, in an match played at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
Aaron King, who came on as a second half substitute in the 63rd minute and scored the first goal for the reborn Rowdies just 3 minutes later. It was enough to give the club a road win on their first attempt.
There’s been a lot of changes in 10 years (and 1 days) and the players on that squad are no exception. Here’s the lineup from that game:
Yes, that’s future Rowdie Tsuyoshi Yoshitake on the opposition side, and yes, the Rowdies made 5 substitutions that day. The USSF-D2 League was wild…
So where are these guys now and what are they doing? With the exception of Graham Tatters (whose father is chairman of Scottish club Elgin City FC) I was able to track down fairly recent info on all of them.
Aaron Wheeler is the head coach for New Myrtle Beach (SC) High School boy’s soccer. They won 3 games in one week before the corona-tine kicked in, dominating Marlboro County 14-0, edging Socastee 3-2, and put away Wilson 6-0.
Chad Burt should be a familiar name, as he joined Neill Collins’ coaching staff in advance of this maybe-still-forthcoming season
Jeremy Christie, who played in the World Cup for New Zealand while a member of the Rowdies is the head coach at Lake Highland Prep in Orlando.
Pascal Millien‘s career took him to Europe where he won the League and Cup with Sligo Rovers in Ireland and Southeast Asia before returning to Florida with stints in Jacksonville, Fort Lauderdale and most recently Tropics SC in the UPSL
Long Tan left Tampa Bay after that season, but returned in 2015 and currently plays for Changchun Yatai in China
Takuya Yamada returned to his native Japan and works for Nike. Here he is with students from Western Carolina University on a travel course in 2019
Erik Ustruck got a yellow card that day, but now deals exclusively in purple, having served as the GM for the Orlando Pride and the Director of Soccer Operations for Orlando City
Julian Valentin still works in pro sports, just not soccer. He is the brand manager and handles social media for the Colorado Rockies.
Robert Valentino is an assistant coach for MLS’ Atlanta United
Darryl Sattler is the owner and founder of EPIC Goalkeeping and the Director of Goalkeeping for the Jacksonville Armada Youth Academy
Aaron King, the man of the match (IMO) that day, now works as a private coach-for-hire with CoachUp and is based in Denver.
Kwame Adjeman-Pamboe is still playing, with Al-Salt SC in the Jordanian league
Adam Nowland is the owner and Director of Coaching at Titans FC in Washington State and is also the Founder of the NPSA Foundation
Stanley Nyazamba lives in the Atlanta area and is the founder of Kidz-and-Kicks Soccer