Connolly: Where are they now?

one via a cross from Carlos Bocanegra -- to close out Fulham's season in style with a 2-0 victory over Bolton, it's a proper time to look back at the seasons turned in by former Major League Soccer players in leagues around the world, as well as provide some updates on a few blasts from the past.

It's impossible to find each and every MLS alum out there that is still playing, especially those who had quick cup of coffees in the league and are earning paychecks in foreign lands where the level is equal to that of the average over-30 men's league on Long Island. Perhaps a database can be made in the future (Peter Hirdt alert).

But for now, here's a sampling of what some of the more famous, and infamous, names from MLS seasons gone by are up to:

Junior Agogo
Current team: Bristol Rovers (England's Third Division)
MLS experience: 2000-2001 for Chicago, Colorado and San Jose
Status: Wearing the No. 10 shirt in his first year for Rovers, Agogo was the team's third-leading goal-scorer with six tallies. A year ago, he was fourth in scoring in the Nationwide Conference (essentially the fifth division in England), with 20 goals for Barnet.

Khodadad Azizi
Current team: Pas (Iranian Professional League)
MLS experience: 2000 for San Jose
Status: The 32-year-old striker no longer plays for the Iranian national team, but he remains one of the best players in the Iranian league for first-place Pas.

Wade Barrett
Current team: AGF Aarhus (Danish SuperLigaen)
MLS experience: 1998-2002 for San Jose
Status: Has played in 15 of the side's 31 matches. Injuries have kept him out of the lineup at times.

Shaun Bartlett
Current team: Charlton Athletic (English Premier League)
MLS experience: 1996-97 for Colorado and MetroStars
Status: An ankle injury hampered him during midseason, which limited the South African striker to only 11 starts. He was able to score five goals, though, securing another one-year extension of his contract.

Ian Bishop
Current team: New Orleans Shell Shockers (USL-PDL)
MLS experience: 2001 for Miami
Status: Turning 39 years old soon, the former Manchester City midfielder last had a spell with Radcliffe Borough in England's Unibond League, his final stop in an odyssey that included exotic ports-of-call such as Barry Town, Rochdale and Burscough after his acromonious departure from MLS following the contraction of the Miami Fusion. He's currently awaiting his visa paperwork to join New Orleans as a player-coach after running a pub in Southport.

Carlos Bocanegra
Current team: Fulham (English Premier League)
MLS experience: 2000-2003 for Chicago
Status: The 2002 and 2003 MLS Defender of the Year played in 15 matches as a left back for Chris Coleman's side.

Alex Comas
Current team: Tolima (Apertura in Colombia's Copa Mustang)
MLS experience: 2000-2001 for MetroStars
Status: The 32-year-old striker is finishing out his career in his home country.

Brian Dunseth
Current team: Bodens SK (Swedish Second Division)
MLS experience: 1997-2003 for New England, Miami, Columbus and Dallas
Status: Has played in four of the team's five matches as part of a backline that also features Steve Shak.

Brad Friedel
Current team: Blackburn Rovers (English Premier League)
MLS experience: 1996-97 for Columbus
Status: Played in 40 matches for Rovers before a groin injury sidelines him for the team's final two games of the season.

Luchi Gonzalez
Current team: Sporting Cristal (Peru Primera Division)
MLS experience: 2002 for San Jose
Status: The former MLS first-round pick has scored two goals in four matches.

Marcus Hahnemann
Current team: Reading (English First Division)
MLS experience: 1997-99 for Colorado
Status: The U.S. goalkeeper played in a total of 42 matches for the Royals this season, where he moved two years ago after stints with Fulham and Rochdale.

Daniel Hernandez
Current team: Necaxa (Mexican Primera Division)
MLS experience: 1998-2003 for Los Angeles, Tampa Bay, MetroStars and New England
Status: The 27-year-old defender has been a regular in the back for Necaxa.

Luis Hernandez
Current team: Chiapas (Mexican Primera Division)
MLS experience: 2000-2001 for Los Angeles
Status: Even at 35, El Matador is still a dangerous striker at the club level.

Tim Howard
Current team: Manchester United (English Premier League)
MLS experience: 1998-2003 for MetroStars
Status: Coming off a clean sheet against Aston Villa last weekend, Howard will look to continue his wildly-successful campaign against Millwall in the FA Cup final on Saturday. In 42 overall matches with the Red Devils, Howard has 16 shutouts and a goals-against-average of 0.95, and was deservedly named the EPL Goalkeeper of the Year for his efforts.

Stern John
Current team: Birmingham City (English Premier League)
MLS experience: 1998-99 for Columbus
Status: Scored four goals in 32 total appearances this season, but only got the call nine times as a starting striker. His future may be in doubt, now that Birmingham City has signed English striker Emile Heskey away from Liverpool.

Eddie Lewis
Current team: Preston North End (English First Division)
MLS experience: 1996-99 San Jose
Status: The U.S. midfielder's six goals in 33 matches were the most he's scored in a season since coming to England in March of 2000.

Onandi Lowe
Current team: Coventry City (English First Division)
MLS experience: 2001 Kansas City Wizards
Status: The Jamaican international had only seen action in two matches for the Sky Blues since transferring from Rushden & Diamonds in March before getting arrested "in connection with the possession of a package containing an illegal substance" last month. His contract will not be picked up by Coventry City for the 2004-2005 campaign.

Antonio "Chivas" Martinez
Current team: Salamanca (Spanish Segunda Liga)
MLS experience: 2000-2003 for Dallas and Los Angeles
Status: Has played in three games

Clint Mathis
Current team: Hannover 96 (German Bundesliga)
MLS experience: 1998-2003 for Los Angeles and MetroStars
Status: The 27-year-old U.S. international helped Hannover avoid relegation by scoring four goals in 17 matches since he signed with the club in January.

Brian McBride
Current team: Fulham (English Premier League)
MLS experience: 1996-2003 for Columbus
Status: The U.S. national team striker scored four goals in 16 matches to help Fulham finish in ninth place.

Leighton O'Brien
Current team: Bodens SK (Swedish Second Division)
MLS experience: 1999 for San Jose
Status: The 2002 A-League MVP for the Seattle Sounders has played in three of the team's first five matches this season, after scoring six goals and registering nine assists in 2003 for the Swedish club.

Tony Sanneh
Current team: Nurnberg (German 2.Bundesliga)
MLS experience: 1996-98 for D.C.
Status: After missing a year due to a back problem, the U.S. defender helped his club clinch a promotion to the Bundesliga next season with solid play in six matches.

Steve Shak
Current team: Bodens SK (Swedish Second Division)
MLS experience: 2000-2002 for MetroStars and Colorado
Status: The No. 1 overall selection of the 2000 MLS Draft has played in four of five matches.

Zach Thornton
Current team: Benfica (Portuguese SuperLiga)
MLS experience: 1996-2003 for MetroStars and Chicago
Status: After signing with the club in February, the U.S. goalkeeper did not see any action for the first team, and was limited to playing in reserve squad matches.

Greg Vanney
Current team: FC Bastia (Ligue 1 in France)
MLS experience: 1996-2001 for Los Angeles
Status: The U.S. left back has played in 19 matches for Bastia, desperately hanging on to avoid relegation in 15th place out of 20 teams with one match to go, currently two points above the drop zone.

Brian West
Current team: Fredrikstad (Norwegian Elitserien)
MLS experience: 1998-2003 for Columbus
Status: Has played in four matches for the club he signed a two-year contract with in January.

Four quick ones
Questions for Dallas Burn midfielder Jordan Stone

Best nickname on your team: "Papi" -- Oscar Pareja

Favorite website: christianguitar.org

Player I'd most like to trade jerseys with after a game: Zinedine Zidane, Real Madrid

Favorite city to hang out in on the road: Denver.

Marc Connolly writes for ESPN.com and several other publications. This column runs each Wednesday on MLSnet.com and was not subject to the approval of Major League Soccer or its clubs.


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