Peter Nowak

Philadelphia Union

Season review: Amobi Okugo’s exit interview

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Before heading south to Orlando, Amobi Okugo sat down with PSP's Eli Pearlman-Storch to discuss his time in Philadelphia and his future with Orlando City.

What the latest Valdes transfer rumors reveal

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Dan Walsh looks at the latest transfer rumors around Carlos Valdes and considers what they say about the Union roster under new manager Jim Curtin.

Report says Meulensteen to be named “a consultant,” FIFA clears Qatar and Russia, more

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Report says Rene Meulensteen will be named "a consultant 'to assist with the sporting director structure' of the Union. FIFA clears Qatar and Russia of corruption allegations in WC bids. More.

Assessing the Curtin hire

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Great move? Or unambitious and cheap? PSP's Dan Walsh assesses Philadelphia Union's decision to hire Jim Curtin as manager.

“Winter is coming”: Philadelphia Union faced with a long list of offseason issues

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Kevin Kinkead reviews a laundry list of issues facing the Union in the offseason.

Is Jim Curtin the right man for the Union job?

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As the Union's search for a permanent head coach continues, is the team's performance under interim manager Jim Curtin making the decision for the Front Office? Earl Reed explores.

New Nowak lawsuit claims MLS ordered his firing

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Former Philadelphia Union manager Peter Nowak claims that MLS ordered the Union to fire him.

A Visual History of the Nowak and Hackworth Eras

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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.

Union Report Card: Drafts (2010-2013)

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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.

Hackworth after one year: An assessment

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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 [.

USOC: The rivalry maker

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What is it about US Open Cup matches that spark such intense rivalries? Adam Cann explores.

Soumare trade gives Union a clean slate

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PSP evaluates the Bakary Soumare trade and what it means for Philadelphia Union.

Soumare could start vs. Chicago

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The former all-star looks set to replace injured center back Jeff Parke in Saturday's nationally televised game. "My expectation is that he makes the most of this," Union manager John Hackworth said.

Match Day #6 Game Thread: Philadelphia Union vs. Toronto F.C.

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Game: Philadelphia Union vs. Toronto F.C.

Where: PPL Park, Chester, PA

When: 4:00 PM ET

Channel: WPVI-TV 6ABC

Commentators: JP Dellacamera and Alejandro Moreno

Meet the Opposition: Waking The Red

Even under a manager as incompetent as Peter Nowak, the Philadelphia Union have managed one playoff berth in their three year existence.

Can we keep blaming Nowak?

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Conor O'Grady explains how the ghost of Nowak still haunts the Union.

Closing the book on Freddy

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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.

The simple truths behind the Soumare situation

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Three good center backs, two positions. As people look for someone to blame for Bakary Soumare's trade request, PSP explains why no one is to blame and this is just life and sport.

Hack on Adu, Kleberson & Soumare, USMNT news, more

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Extensive quotes from John HAckworth on Freddy Adu, Kleberson, and Soumare. News from the USMNT ahead of Friday's World Cup qualifier against Costa Rica. More.

Sakiewicz: Adu not asked to take pay cut

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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.

Game Thread: Philadelphia Union vs. Sporting Kansas City

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Game: Philadelphia Union vs. Sporting Kansas City.

Where: PPL Park, Chester, PA

When: 4:00 PM ET

Channel: WPVI-TV 6ABC

Commentators: JP Dellacamera and Alejandro Moreno

Meet The Opposition: The Daily Wiz

After the eminent disaster that was last season, the Philadelphia Union come into this season with a new sense of hope.

Eastern Conference Season Preview: Philadelphia Union

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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.

New kit unveiled tonight, roster sharpened, season preview roundup, US U-20s face Canada, more

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The Union's new third kit to be unveiled tonight. Vidal and Hristov no longer trialing with the Union. Season previews galore. US win over Canada tonight sees them in U-20 World Cup. More news.

Real Madrid trialist & more camp news, Jack Mac in Top 10, preseason games to be streamed, USA

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Trialist from Real Madrid with the Union. McInerney named a Top 10 US U-21 player. Union's Disney Pro Classic matches to be streamed. USA v Canada news. More on Qatargate. More news.

Torres: Teams Made Offers For Me This Offseason

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Another offseason of major turnover for the Philadelphia Union has put Roger Torres in an interestingly awkward position. He's now the face of the now defunct and soon forgotten era of Peter Nowak.

Torres was one of the first international players to be acquired by the Union in the franchise's history and soon was part of an influx of Colombians into Philadelphia.

Draft day reaction: Anding, Okai, Adu

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The surprising Don Anding pick and Freddy Adu drama overshadowed a great piece of draft work by the Union with Stephen Okai. One PSP contributor reacts to each move and is far more reluctant to lose Adu than you'd think.

Pfeffer strikes again, Reading United stacks Combine, KC gets ASG, Cascadia kerfufffle, more

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Pfeffer nets second goal in second game with Hoffenheim. 10 Reading United alumni at Combine while Finley and Gomez await Hermann Trophy announcement and Brown signs GA contract. KC to host 2013 All-Star Game, more

PSP’s Best of 2012 Awards

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Here is the Best of 2012, as voted by the PSP crew.

Again with the Valdes rumors, Blatter blathers, more news

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Reports out of Colombia say Carlos Valdes will begin preseason training with Santa Fe on Jan. 3. Blatter says MLS "still struggling." Best goals of the year videos. More news.

John Hackworth

The Union and the US Open Cup

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The Union play Seattle Sounders in the 2014 US Open Cup final on Tuesday. Here's a look back at the Union's past US Open Cup campaigns.

Brendan Burke’s legacy at Reading United

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Sean Doyle talks to Brendan Burke about his legacy at Reading, where he coached for six years before leaving for expanded duties with the Union, where he's been an assistant coach since 2011.

The Union and the US Open Cup

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The Union will face Ocean City Nor'easters in the third round of the 2013 US Open Cup. PSP looks back on the Union's previous Cup appearances.

McInerney Talks About Nowak, Hackworth, Teammates And Music On Philly Sports Talk

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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.

Philadelphia Reveals Identities Of Three Trialists In Preseason Camp

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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.

Conor Casey

The US and the 2010 World Cup

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Our series on the US at the World Cup continues with a look at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

2013 Philadelphia Union Preview: Lots Of Change, Again

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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

The Eastern Conference's final playoff spot, no.

Casey praise, Soccer America rates Union moves highly, Unioners on SBI U-23 TOY

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Hackworth has more praise for Conor Casey. Soccer America rates Le Toux return and Parke signing in top five of offseason moves so far. Lots of Union players on SBI U-23 Team of the Year. More news.

The Rest

Paid Their Dues: Nowak Got a Job

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Maybe they didn't Google him?

Former Philadelphia Union manager Peter Nowak is now the technical director for Antigua & Barbuda. The decision was made late last month.

As the technical director, Nowak will not likely be involved with the players on a day-to-day basis, which is great for their sakes.

OTF Roundtable: Chicago Fire Week Thirteen

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Here's lookin' at you, Kid. (photo: goal.com)

Each and every week, OTF's writers and contributors chime in on the state of the Fire...

Should Frank Klopas be fired? OTF Editor Scott Fenwick

The case is quite simple actually. The history speaks for itself.

Report: Former Union Midfielder Kyle Nakazawa Retires At 24

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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.

MLS Announce All Star Game in KC

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Don Garber made the announcement official today at Livestrong Sporting Park. LSP will be hosting the 2013 MLS All Star Game. The game will take place on Wednesday, July 31, 2013 airing on ESPN and Univision.

Like previous years, the host team's coach will coach the team, meaning Peter Vermes will be the coach (as long as he's not fired before the game like Peter Nowak last year).