Everton adds another: Cody Arnoux joins the fight

Cody Arnoux

Cody Arnoux

Update: Read more TSG coverage of Everton here.

My support for Everton football just got a bit stronger — American Cody Arnoux is foregoing his senior season at powerhouse Wake Forest and joining Everton FC.

That makes this the second American signed by Everton just this year–little known Cal Poly alum Anton Peterlin was the first–to go with vet Timmy Howard between the wickets.

Everton has now clearly established itself as the EPL’s America FC wrestling the title from Fullham who set the tone (and consequently had many Americans in their corner) over the past few years. While the Fullham side still boasts Clint Dempsey and a renewed Eddie Johnson (plus alums Brian McBride and Carlos Bocanegro), Everton has, count ‘em, three American born-and-bred players. Certainly another great step for American soccer.

While I personally enjoy watching some of the sensational international flavor that Everton has to offer: Aussie Tim Cahill is stellar in the air, Moroccan-born Belgium international Maroune Fellaini has the flair (and the hair) for the dramatic, and pint-sized South African Steven Pienaar can slalom through defenders with the best of them, the real story here has to be the program that Wake Forest has built. If you haven’t had a chance to watch any NCAA tournament soccer over the past few years, I encourage you to try and take a moment and watch the Demon Deacons come together for 90 minutes–the fighting spirit that 2007 and 2008 Coach of the Year Jay Vidovich has instilled is second to none.

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Among just a sampling of the former and current players that Wake Forest counts among their locker room alum are:

Sam Cronin — featured in the U.S.-Haiti Gold Cup game last week

Michael Parkhurst – USMNT defender who will probably get the nod at CB today against Honduras

Cody Arnoux – bringing his 32 goals and 16 assists from last season with him to Everton FC

Marcus Tracy – Forward and now starter for the top Danish squad AaB

Ike Opara – 2008 ACC Defensive Player of the Year who runs with the U.S. U-20 squad

Pat Phelan – MLS New England Revolution starter

and a personal favorite….

Julian Valentin

Valentin is an alum of Wake Forest and the Los Angeles Galaxy, however he is probably best known for a vicious hit he received in the 2007 NCAA Championship game (one of the best college or pro games I have watched). Valentin went head first to defend a loose ball near the Wake Forest 18 and received a cleat in the face that is one of the worst if not the worst cosmetic injuries I’ve seen in soccer.

Kudos to a great Wake Forest program and to Cody Arnoux. Take a peek at that 2007 Championship game between Wake Forest and Ohio State here, along with the facial to Julian Valentin at the 1-minute mark of the clip. Apologies as the clip is grainy.

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12 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Cecil Sewell on 2009/07/31 at 4:50 PM

    I so much want to have a go at the fact that this sport is fotball and not efin soccer, but after reading your article, I can’t help but be impressed by your accurate knowledge of the toffee’s.
    So, instead, I’d like to ask that you call this sport football, through respect for the game, but will not have a problem with you personally if you decide to decline this request.

    Once a blue nose, always a blue nose.

    Yours proudly,

    Cecil Sewell.

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  2. Posted by Wayne Jones on 2009/08/01 at 6:50 AM

    Cecil, this really does not show the British in a very good light, It smacks of arrogance! The league in the USA is called Major League SOCCER. What right do we have dictating what they call the beautiful game? I too have been bluenose ever since I can remember and am pushing 50 so thats a fair few years. Lets not be condescending with our American cousins please. Their football is a different game so just graciously accept it.

    Regards,

    Wayne Jones

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  3. Hahahaha
    I like the soccer v football argument!!
    I too am a Bluenose, and love Tim Howard!! I hope the two new American’s do well for the toffees, 32 goals is impressive, but the game in England is faster and more aggressive, like Wayne says it’s a different kind of football.
    Thats not condescending, its just being real.
    I admire your knowledge Matthewsf!! And i’m glad that football brings happiness and passion to people all over the world!
    Good luck to all.

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  4. Posted by Trevor on 2009/08/01 at 3:43 PM

    Great article on the WFU soccer program. Being a WFU alum I can attest to the character and integrity that Coach Vidovich has brought to the program. He’s an upstanding coach and mentor to the kids and also gets involved in the community. I coached a middle school soccer team last year and Coach Vidovich allowed our team to come and play with the boys during spring soccer. The kids loved it and it was a special moment that they will have with them for the rest of their lives.

    Best of luck to Cody. He’s been a special player at Wake the past three years and we’ll miss him up top this year. The tandem of him and Marcus up top made for the most exciting collegiate soccer program the past two years.

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  5. Posted by Norm on 2009/08/01 at 4:08 PM

    I can see where everyone is comming from here. As an American, who loves soccer/football I like to think that in the (hopefully near) future we will be on the same page with the other leagues in the world. I know we do things different but we are still working at finding a niche for the sport in the United States Im just glad Everton put on an outstanding show in Salt Lake ( was there). Even if these boys fall short of EPL expectations, they will bring back with them knowledge of the game that will help us get better in the long run.

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  6. Posted by Danny B on 2009/08/01 at 7:12 PM

    After reading this, i have got to admit that i am thoroughly impressed with the knowledge of Everton Fc.

    I am an Evertonian, and i have to admit i have a fondness for Americans, particularly with the previous signings of Joe Max-Moore and Brian McBride on a loan spell, and now Tim Howard and our new recruits from MLS.

    I would not care to wade into the Football vs Soccer debate. Who cares what you call it, its a game at the end of the day!! Please do not pay any attention to the first post!

    Matthewsf, brilliant blog!

    Danny B, Liverpool UK

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  7. Bring it on. Everton are the supreme team in English Football. They play consistantly and their team is all based on the players working together with the disadvantage (or advantage) of having no money (i say advantage because with Everton you see football and not flashy shows of spend spend spend power that has taken over the ‘top four’ of English football.
    Tim Howard is a god to all Evertonians and we take players to our heart when they join. We trust our manager – David Moyes – to pick only the best for us.

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  8. Posted by Julie on 2009/08/02 at 2:46 PM

    COYB! +
    NSNO!
    Originally from Liverpool , life long Evertonian ,now Based in Florida will be watching!

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  10. Posted by matthewsf on 2009/08/02 at 10:53 PM

    Thanks for everyone’s kind word and commentary. I’ve put a follow-up piece up and would love more feedback.

    Thanks!
    Matthew
    http://shinguardian.wordpress.com/2009/08/02/follow-up-everton-soccer-football-fans-too/

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  12. [...] And, lest we fail to mention it as we always do, one of TSG favorite games ever was the 2007 NCAA Championship Game between Ohio State and Wake Forest that we mentioned in this column here. [...]

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