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Union Name John Hackworth Permanent Team Manager

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John Hackworth's reign as interim team manager (head coach) came to an end today, but his time as the Philadelphia Union's fully empowered team manager have begun.

The Union named Hackworth the team's permanent team manager this evening, choosing to make him the future of the club at their lead managerial position.

Source: Backroom Finger Pointing As Chivas USA, Union Blame Each Other For Uncompleted Califf Trade

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The Danny Califf trade saga has not yet come to a close, which has caused a backroom war of finger pointing between the Philadelphia Union and Chivas USA.

A source told the Brotherly Game that the deal was no longer official, as the two sides were blaming one another for the reasons why the team had stalled.

"Kick" profiles Philadelphia Union head coach Piotr Nowak. Some interesting thoughts from former...

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"Kick" profiles Philadelphia Union head coach Piotr Nowak. Some interesting thoughts from former New England Revolution head coach Steve Nicol.

Source: Chelsea To Play At PPL Park In 2012 MLS All-Star Game

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Manchester United will not play Major League Soccer's (MLS) All-Stars for a third straight year, but one of their English Premier League rivals will be at PPL Park this summer.

Chelsea will face the best of MLS on July 25, a source with knowledge of the game informed the Brotherly Game. An internal memo was also sent to Philadelphia Union affiliated organizations, according to the source, that stated the London club's summer tour date in Philadelphia was to be at PPL Park.

"Danny Califf Good To Go" For Saturday, Other Injury News

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Captain Califf Comeback?

After two weeks of missing playing time, Danny Califf is set to return to the starting lineup, according to Philadelphia Union head coach Piotr Nowak.

"[He] is good to go," Nowak said at today's press conference. "I think he's good status. I think there's a good chance he'll play.

Union Stumble With Disorganization To A 1-0 Defeat In Chicago

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It was not a night to remember for the Philadelphia Union.

A young team with a goal of righting itself against the Chicago Fire fell flat of obtaining a positive result, losing 1-0 at Toyota Park.

Chicago's Dominic Oduro nodded in a header past a diving MacMath to put the Fire in front in the 28th minute of the game.

Philadelphia Union At Chicago Fire - Game #3 - A Preview Talk With Hot Time In Old Town

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The Philadelphia Union are in Chicago tonight to take on the Fire at 8:30 P.M. on The Comcast Network. I talked to James Coston, a writer at Hot Time in Old Town, about the Union and the Fire ahead of the game.

James: The Union have shown some flashes of being a very talented side, but have really shot themselves in the foot in these first two matches.

Chicago Fire vs. Philadelphia Union - MLS #2 - A Collaboration

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Those of you looking for our normal pre-game 3 Questions piece might be a bit surprised by the fact that we won't have one this week. Instead of our regular format, we talked with Scott Kessler over at Brotherly Game. Scott preferred a Gmail chat based collaboration rather than a 3 Questions exchange, and our very own James Coston agreed to do that chat.

Source: Danny Califf Not A Part Of Union Traveling Roster To Chicago

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The murky situation between Philadelphia Union head coach Piotr Nowak and captain Danny Califf appeared to have turned a positive corner yesterday through statements made at the team's weekly press conference. However, Califf's outspoken ways may have led to a second straight week of being left out of a starting role for the Union.

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“Huge game”: Quotes, previews & more news ahead of the Crew

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Hackworth says tonight's game against the Crew is huge, believes Jack McInerney is the key to the Union getting goals on the scoreboard. Previews and power rankings. More on Freddy. With Perlaza gone, Nowak's Mwanga deal means Union got nothing. River Cup raised $30k. More news.

“Not happy-go-lucky”: Recaps and reaction from RSL draw, more news

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Hackworth "frustrated" by draw with Real Slat Lake, says Union not getting the respect they deserve. Union files motion to have Nowak lawsuit dismissed. City Islanders out of USL PRO playoffs. More news

Celebration time: All-Star & Olympic fever, more news

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All-Star Game happenings. USWNT kicks off Olympic campaign. Playground build in Chester. Bare minimum mention of Nowak. More news.

Nowak sues the Union

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The former Philadelphia Union manager filed suit over his severance package. Court documents lay out for the first time the specifics of why the Union fired him, details of Nowak's contract, and conflict between Nowak and Union CEO Nick Sakiewicz.

Le Toux on NY, Union fans; more news

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Apparently the Union are playing the New York Sebastien Le Touxs on Saturday. Le Toux says firing Nowak "the perfect thing to do." MLS goes smart. More news.

“Just clicking”: reports & reaction from Union’s big win

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Reports & reaction from the Union's dominating win over Toronto. A candid Adu on what he needs to do. Nowak tells Polish press if the national team needs him, "I'm available." Ocean City clinches PDL playoff spot, another thumping win for Reading, while Harrisburg fights back for a 4 point weekend. More news.

Newsiest news of the morning, more news

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Marc Narducci, writing about the renewed confidence and optimism at the Union, says, "It may not all be Hackworth, but Nowak brought a high level of tension to the organization. Everybody from the players to management were always on their toes when Nowak was in the room.

Nowak out, Hack in: reports, reaction & more news

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Read PSP's report on the Nowak ouster, Hackworth's comments at Wednesday's press conference, and our postmortem on Nowak's tenure.

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John Smallwood echos the thoughts of many Union fans when he wonders why the "philosophical differences" that Nick Sakiewicz said were at the root of Nowak's split from the club arose after the former manager had already "gutted a popular playoff team" through trades.

US v. Canada: World Cup Viewing Party with Philly Union Talk

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2012 has already been a big year for Philly Union Talk. Â Piotr Nowak got a column. Â Shirts were inspired. Â The nature of fandom was debated. Â John O'Brien was compared, favorably, to a Yeti. Â Conor veered even closer to madness. It's been a pretty good year for the US National team too. Â They've won their last four games, including a stunning upset of Italy in Turin.

Union v. Earthquakes

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The Philadelphia Union plays host to the San Jose Earthquakes Redux in this weekend's 7 PM clash at PPL Park. Coach Petey "Pablo" Nowak will be sitting this one out after receiving a two game suspension for his actions in last weekend's bloodless "melee" at the Home Depot Center. Ever loyal, Gabe Farfan and Keon Daniel have chosen to sit this game out in protest of the sanctions against their favorite coach.

SI: Union in crisis. More on Califf contro. Power rankings tumble. Capt. Adu. More news.

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SI says a real crisis is developing with the Union thanks to an unpolished attack, goalkeeping gaffes and the Califf controversy.

SB Nation editor Jeremiah Oshan weighs in on the meaning of the Califf controversy:

"The Califf decision is just the latest and strangest decision he's made that has put the Union in this position.

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Liverpool v FC Gomel 08.09.12

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3:05pm ET, live in the US on FSC

Previous rounds:
Liverpool: 1-0 Gomel (a)
Gomel: 0-1 Liverpool (h); 0-1 Renova (h), 2-0 Renova (a); 4-0 Víkingur (h), 6-0 Víkingur (a)

Last three matches:
Liverpool: 1-0 Gomel (a)
Gomel: 0-1 Liverpool (h); 0-1 Renova (h); 1-1 Polotsk [7-6 pens] (a)

Goalscorers (Europa League):
Liverpool: Downing 1
Gomel: Demidovich 3; Hleb, Kashevski 2; Aleksiyevich, Nowak, Timoshekno, Voronkov 1

Referee: Kenn Hansen (DEN)

Guess at a line-up
Reina
Johnson Skrtel Carragher Enrique
Lucas Gerrard
Henderson
Downing Suarez Borini

1) Is Suarez ready to start after returning from the Olympics on Monday?

Liverpool at FC Gomel 08.02.12

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2:00pm ET, live in the US on FSC (I know, right!)

Previous rounds:
Gomel: 0-1 Renova (h), 2-0 Renova (a); 4-0 Víkingur (h), 6-0 Víkingur (a)

Last three matches:
Gomel: 0-1 Renova (h); 1-1 Polotsk [7-6 pens] (a); 2-0 Renova (a)

Goalscorers (Europa League):
Gomel: Demidovich 3; Hleb, Kashevski 2; Aleksiyevich, Nowak, Timoshekno, Voronkov 1

Guess at a line-up
Jones
Flanagan Skrtel Carragher Enrique
Henderson Lucas Shelvey
Downing Borini Sterling

It's been almost 18 whole months.

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Poetry Corner Kicks: Montreal 2 - Philadelphia 0

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Greetings all in SB Nation, and welcome to Poetry Corner Kicks. In this space, you'll get a rather unique take on the events of the previous Union game.

A recap done in poetry might sound a bit strange, but for a Union fan who happens to enjoy poetry, these are not the strangest of bedfellows.

Union Freekicks: Shoot The Ball, Photos, Loss, Califf On Gaddis

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Union Tally: FARFAN'S BAN LEADS TO TRICKLE-DOWN EFFECT IN WEAKENED UNION BACKLINE

"I think Ray does a great job, but he's still a kid and he's still got a lot of inexperience and he shows flashes of being a brilliant player, but he needs more games," Danny Califf said. "When we lose Sheanon on the right and an attacking guy on the left, it hamstrings us when we're trying to play out of the back.

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Musket Rounds: Nyassi Trains, Nowak Out, USMNT, And More

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It's been a couple of days since the last Rounds, which is entirely my fault. It's not that I'm lazy so much as it's a complete inability for me to budget my time, but regardless of my shortcomings as a writer and editor, I have some links for everyone today that should provide you with some decent morning reading.

Percentage of winning/losing teams by player

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Here's the full list for every player who's played in at least five seasons. It's not winning and losing seasons, because some players played for multiple teams in a year due to trades. Each player is given credit for a team for which they made a regular season appearance. Even years are counted as half of a winning year.

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Peter Nowak — He Gone

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The smoke-blowing starts early today. "Peter is a terrific coach" aaaaand let me stop you there, Nick Sakiewicz, ye Polish kinsman of Nowak. Terrific begs definition, and the definition we have here is clearly a bizarre one. "Terrific" does not knock back a franchise with a bizarre bevy of personnel moves that both alienate and deconstruct.

Tactical Preview: Fire vs Union

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Fire vs Philly Left Back Porfirio López

After watching Philly's first two games of the season, one position that is a clear weakness is left back where coach Nowak is deploying Porfirio López. To be quite honest, López is one of the worst players I have seen in MLS in recent memory.

MLS Week 2: What We've Learned So Far

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With Major League Soccer off to an impressive start to its 17th season, there are several things of note that have come up. MLS on NBC has started off well, but not amazingly well. NBC Sports has doubled the MLS audience of Fox Soccer Channel, but that's to be expected. MLS Live is a fantastic use of $60 for any matches you might not get and for anyone who was wondering, Kasey Keller is doing a fine job as an announcer.

Union news & match previews: Let’s doop this thing!

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The offseason is a brutal mix of rumor, speculation, and roster rebuilding. If you checked out after November, we understand. But here is some PSP original content you might have missed: Eli examined possible Union formations, focusing on the 4-4-2, the 4-3-3, and the 4-2-3-1.

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Reaction from both sides: A chat with the Brotherly Game

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I had the opportunity to sit chat with SBN's Brotherly Game's Scott Kessler about the recent trade between the Portland Timbers and the Philadelphia Union. I will break our chat into the questions I asked and the questions he asked of me.

Questions asked:

If memory serves me Mwanga has been in and out of Nowak's line-up.

The Danny Mwanga-Jorge Perlaza Trade: A Chat With Stumptown Footy

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The Brotherly Game spoke with Ryan Gates of Stumptown Footy about Jorge Perlaza and Danny Mwanga. The following is the transcript of the chat.

The Brotherly Game: Today's trade of Danny Mwanga for Jorge Perlaza leaves a lot of questions on both sides for how the deal benefits both sides and how the players will fit into their new teams.

MLS Week 6 Predictions: Haiku?! God Bless You.

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The best restaurant in Portland...that would be Screen Door.

John Nyen has moved back to Portland. Everything is slower. Especially the previews. When you ride a fixie with Toms on.

Ahhh life... wonderful, painful and sometimes quite busy. I managed to watch a fair number of games this week and even attend one.

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Sounders Centric Power Rankings - Week 12

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The current number one at the SB Nation MLS Power Rankings isn't unanimous, but it is enough that they are placed in a tier all by themselves. Real Salt Lake has the results, but are probably not that clear cut, it's just that so many other teams are splitting the vote in the next chunk. That next chunk is five teams deep.

Sounders Centric Power Rankings Week 7

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The most interesting thing in this week's SB Nation MLS Power Rankings (linked this afternoon) may be that there is a unanimous #19. It is not the expansion team, but it is Canadian. Aron Winter's Toronto FC is struggling, but that's only half their story. The other half may be that their leaders and keeper are unhappy with certain decisions from the coach.

Sounder Centric Power Rankings

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A funny little thing happened in the tracking of Seattle Sounders FC's rivals and their performance in the SB Nation MLS Power Rankings - none are in first. It's been a little while since as the LA Galaxy, Real Salt Lake and the Sounders contested the top spot for the vast majority of the past two seasons (a large part of that is LA's two Supporters Shields).

Sounder Centric Power Rankings - One Rival Falling, Other Rising

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The Seattle Sounders are still relatively stable in the SB Nation MLS power rankings. But they are one of the rare teams for that to be true. As teams like the San Jose Earthquakes, Houston Dynamo and Vancouver Whitecaps shoot up, others are in free fall. While none were particularly high on the Philadelphia Union to start the season, they are still falling overall.

MLS First Kick: Portland Timbers vs. Philadelphia Union Preview Interview with the Brotherly Game

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Tonight is the night. After an agonizing four-ish month break, tonight we finally get to watch the Timbers play in a meaningful game against meaningful opponents. No offense to AIK, the San Jose Earthquakes or Chivas USA. The tournament was great and we really enjoyed having it here, but it's just not the same as the regular season.

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Califf, Sakiewicz Discuss Possibility Of Future Coaching Role For Former Captain

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Rumors were abound this weekend about the possibility of the Philadelphia Union swapping Freddy Adu for FC Dallas' Brek Shea, but nothing came of it. However, it was another possible Union related player move that was discussed over the weekend that will more likely happen.

According to multiple sources, the Union's Chief Executive Officer and President flew out to California to talk to a former member of the team for a future role on it.

Nowak Back On Twitter As A Private Account?

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Nowak Back On Twitter As A Private Account?

The Philadelphia Union manager may have returned to Twitter through a private account. Waiting for confirmation that it is indeed him. Trolling has continued to this account.