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.
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.
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It's not a perfect comparison, but given that coaches can hire their own sporting directors, international scouts and other front office staff that handle transfers, Nick Sakiewicz could be considered the Philadelphia Union's version of Adrian Hanauer.
Sakiewicz is a part owner of the Union and has played a pivotal part in the organization's development over since joining Major League Soccer in 2010.
Sebastien Le Toux returned to Philadelphia this week, and coincidentally his old coach went back to a familiar location as well.
Peter Nowak, formerly the head coach and team manager of the Philadelphia Union, was rumored to have wanted to head back to his native Poland, where the former Bundesliga and Major League Soccer star grew up.
The youth movement that began during the offseason leading into the 2012 Major League Soccer regular season has caught a slight snag, as Josue Martinez will reportedly depart for New York as part of the Sebastien Le Toux deal.
Philly Soccer Page tweeted that it had been told Martinez would be the player to be named in the Le Toux deal.
Union director of international development says the focus is on finding "forwards"and that four players were interviewed during the recent scouting trip in Argentina. Garber on the Sate of MLS. More morning news.
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).
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.
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
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.
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.