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Jamie Watson Loaned to Minnesota Stars for Remainder of Season

2012 September 4
by Brian Quarstad

Jamie Watson

From the days of the Minnesota Thunder playing Real Salt Lake in USOC matches or when the NSC Stars played the Austin Aztex in the USSF D2 Pro League, whenever Jamie Watson touched a ball for those opposing sides, Minnesota pro soccer fans would chant, “You dive like Jamie Watson.” The chant was started after a 2005 USOC match when Watson seemed to, well lets say: tip over quite easily whenever close to a Thunder player. The chant became so popular that for years the Dark Clouds supporters used it whenever an opposing player went down too easily and received a call for his team.

Now Stars supporters will have to come up with a new chant. The Orlando City midfielder Jamie Watson has been loaned to Minnesota for the remainder of the NASL season according to Orlando City’s website. The news was confirmed by Stars FC CEO Djorn Buchholz who said details of the deal will be forthcoming tomorrow.

“With our season over, I’m not against any of our players going out an playing more football,” said Orlando City head coach Adrian Heath.  “Obviously we don’t start again until February, so it keeps the season alive for them, keeps them playing, keeps them active, which is good.  It’ll definitely do Jamie good.  He’s had a stop-start year with injuries, and has just got himself fit.”

Watson netted five goals for City in 23 appearances (18 starts), and also added four assists. Orlando City finished top of the league in the regular season and had a bye in the first round of the playoffs. They won the USL PRO Championship in 2011 and were expected to win the championship again this year. But the season was cut short by the Wilmington Hammerheads who were the only team to defeat Orlando during the regular season. The Hammerheads upset Orlando at the Florida Citrus Bowl last Saturday night by a score of 4-3.

“I want to thank Adrian, Ian, and the owners for allowing me to join Minnesota on a short-term loan deal to continue playing after the unfortunate end to our remarkable season,” said Watson.  “I am excited at this new challenge of winning an NASL Championship, but appreciate the blessing of my coaches, teammates, and fans of Orlando City on joining Minnesota for the remainder of the 2012 NASL campaign.”

16 Responses
  1. 2Cents permalink
    September 4, 2012

    So, unofficially, this is our 76th player on the roster, correct?

  2. Soccer Boy permalink
    September 4, 2012

    This is so cool! Jamie Watson was always one of those players I loved to hate…and secretly walked away from matches thinking how cool it would be if he was on the team I supported. With the Aztex’s moving to Orlando and playing in the lower division, I never dreamed that I would get to see him play again. Hopefully he can bring to MN what we need to #DefendTheCup!

    I kind of feel responsible for the loan. I had Tweeted him after Orlando got beat in the USL Pro play-offs and said his only chance of winning a trophy this year is if he came to MN.

  3. Pat permalink
    September 4, 2012

    It’s not April 1st, right? This is hilarious.

  4. thesuperrookie permalink
    September 4, 2012

    I say you still chant it.

    Keep the tradition alive.

  5. Jesse permalink
    September 4, 2012

    You dive like Schmamie Schmwatson!

  6. Kel permalink
    September 4, 2012

    Orlando probably would have been champs again if it weren’t for Corey Hertzog. I don’t know if the guy will ever star for the Red Bulls, but he is Wayne Rooney in the minor leagues.

  7. WSW permalink
    September 5, 2012


    Have you heard about split-season for NASL next year.

  8. September 5, 2012

    Of course. One can only do so many things at one time. I recorded and edited the NASL Podcast tonight while keeping tabs on all the other stuff going on.

    So now do you understand WSW what we were saying about trying to save money? Playoffs are expensive. This is clearly a cost saving measure. But lets leave these comments for the addition of Jamie Watson to the Stars. When I get an article up on the new 2013 season format, you can post comments there till your heat is content.

  9. tomASS permalink
    September 5, 2012

    His roster name should be Greg Louganis

  10. Strikers Return permalink
    September 5, 2012

    In order to save my scathing remarks for this “half season” debacle being announced today for when BQ’s article comes up, I’m going to start a juicy rumor instead. Can anyone confirm whether or not this is the first instance of the LOAN of a player between a USL Pro team and an NASL team? Is it coincidence that it is occurring between the NASL league owned team and the team in USL Pro that operates as if it is a D2 team already? Hmmmmmmmmmmmm………..LOL

  11. September 5, 2012

    SR, Yes, I believe this is the first of it’s kind and I did think about that as well. I had heard rumor last year that neither league wanted their players loaned out to the other league, which of course is just plain silly if that was true. Minnesota picked up Mulholland and Hamilton last season after the USL PRO season ended. But each of those players were out of contract.

    To cut your rumor short, think about who are CEO is here. Yes, the same Djorn Buchholz who knows the Orlando City staff well as he held the same position with the Austin Aztex. Don’t read anything more into than that.

  12. Strikers Return permalink
    September 5, 2012

    @BQ – LOL Oh I didn’t read anything into it, just thought it would be a fun theory to post. As much as I believe being in NASL is the right place for Orlando, I highly doubt we’ll ever see them there, simply because Rawlins just doesn’t want to.

    At any rate, I do find it interesting that the “war” between the league offices has abated enough that they didn’t step in and stop either party from going through with this. Perhaps a good sign for the future, guess we’ll have to wait and see.

  13. September 5, 2012

    I’d say its a very good sign. I wanted to make that point on the podcast last night when we talked about it but totally forgot to make that point.

  14. Fotbalist permalink
    September 5, 2012

    Hopefully this is a sign of many other good things to come.

  15. Soccer Boy permalink
    September 5, 2012

    I deserve an IMS “shout out” on this one. I was Tweeting about this on August 31. I look forward to seeing Mr. Watson at training tomorrow AM.

  16. kdj781 permalink
    September 6, 2012

    I’m curious to see which Minnesota soccer writer gets the first exclusive interview with our hero! He’s got a great sense of humor about his cult status w the Dark Clouds!

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