The Union could underachieve enough on their own. But now that the soccer gods have been offended by the front office's sins against soccer, the Union have become a league-wide joke once again. PSP's Dan Walsh regretfully explains.
A look at the ups and downs of the Union's five year history and the two coaches who have paced the sidelines. Hackworth's tenure to date looks just a bit better than Nowak's, but Hackworth's teams have been inconsistent in their goal scoring and that has brought wild swings in results.
There were high hopes for the Union this year after a busy offseason, but fans and analysts have seen the team reach new franchise lows.
The Union have been one of the better teams in the league in drafting players since 2010. Which picks made the grade?
Since the team's inception in 2010, the Philadelphia Union have been one of the better teams in drafting players who play MLS minutes. Of course, some of that has to do with the club being relatively new and thus having open roster spots while it develops an identity on the pitch, however it also is a testament to the club's ability to spot and develop talent.
Photo: Earl Gardner Author's note: This post takes a big picture look at John Hackworth's performance during his first year as Union manager. For an evaluation of his on-field tactical management, read Adam Cann's accompanying post tomorrow. To say that John Hackworth inherited a troubled Philadelphia Union club one year [.
PSP provides some of the missing details on the Freddy Adu-Kleberson deal after talking to Adu's agent and the Union. PSP also provides a bit of an autopsy as Adu's chapter in the Union book finally closes.
In an wide-ranging exclusive interview, Philadelphia Union CEO Nick Sakiewicz tells PSP that Freddy Adu was never asked to take a pay cut and has turned down transfer offers from five countries. He also addresses PPL Park expansion, the Nowak controversy and more.
Last season: Things got off to an ugly start, as Sebastien Le Toux's rumored trial with Bolton Wanderers turned into a fiasco. Le Toux returned, and the Union immediately shipped him off to Vancouver. This capped off the dismantling of a 2011 playoff team and saw their fanbase turn on Peter Nowak, who seemed to not be aware that fans will question team leadership when they do things that defy explanation.
Jack McInerney was the athlete guest on last night's edition of the Michael Barkann hosted "Philly Sports Talk," formerly "Daily News Live," on CSN Philly. Here are some of the quotes from his appearance on the show:
Barkann asks McInerney difference betwen current head coach John Hackworth and former head coach Peter Nowak.
John Hackworth must really enjoy having knowledgeable fans. The Philadelphia spent another day pursuing a new team mission operative of transparency and supporters of the club were aflutter on social networks at the substantial change in club policy.
Per Kerith Gabriel, in today's Daily Doop, the Union have "midfielders Nicolas Medina, Charles Renken and goalkeeper Tunde Ogunbiyi" on trial in camp this preseason.
Last year's record: 10 - 18 - 6 (eight out of 10 in the Eastern Conference, 16 out of 19 in Major League Soccer)
Key additions: Conor Casey, Sebastien Le Toux, Pat Anding
Key losses: Gabriel Gomez, Peter Nowak, Carlos Valdes
Projected starting lineup: (4-3-3 / 4-3-2-1) Zac MacMath / (r-l) Sheanon Williams, Jeff Parke, Bakary Soumare, Gabriel Farfan / Brian Carroll (CDM), Amobi Okugo, Michael Farfan / Le Toux, Jack McInerney / Casey - Bench: Chris Konopka (goalkeeper), Antoine Hoppenot, Roger Torres, Michael Lahoud, Raymon Gaddis, Chris Albright, Danny Cruz
In a surprising move, Kyle Nakazawa has retired at the relatively young age of 24.
The former Philadelphia Union midfielder has apparently left the world of professional soccer, according to Adam Serrano. The LA Galaxy insider tweeted that Bruce Arena, head coach of the defending Major League Soccer champions, informed Serrano of Nakazawa's decision.