Piotr Nowak

Philadelphia Union

What if coaching isn’t the problem?

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A coaching change would be one of the easiest changes to make, but would it work?

MLS ’12 Preview – Philadelphia Union

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Team: Philadelphia Union Coach: Piotr Nowak Last Season: 11 – 8 – 15 = 48 points, 3rd Place Eastern, 8th Overall Twitter Hashtag: #DOOP The Sons of Ben certainly couldn't have imagined an offseason quite like this. The Philadelphia Union ...

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Red Bulls 1 Union 0: We're In!

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Richards Celebrates the Lone Goal With Teammates (Photo by Dan Dickinson)An unlikely first half header from Dane Richards that hit a goalpost before ricocheting off Faryd Mongradon's back and into the Philadelphia Union goal was, in the end, all the New York Red Bulls needed on Thursday night to punch their ticket to the 2011 MLS postseason.

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Nowak disregarded league memo by playing Academy players, trialists in friendlies

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The former Philadelphia Union boss thumbed his nose at Major League Soccer in 2011 by ignoring a memo about fielding players who weren't under contract in international friendlies against Everton and Real Madrid. It wasn't the first time he'd done it though.

One of the feel-good stories from the early days of the Philadelphia Union youth development system was when then 17-year-old Cristhian Hernandez scoring the game-winning goal in a friendly against Premier League club Everton FC on July 20, 2011.

Ben Olsen: Swagger and redemption

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FC Delco product Ben Olsen never fulfilled the lofty expectations some had for the former NCAA player of the year and MLS rookie of the year. But now he has another chance, as a coach. Can the Pennsylvania native reclaim a role as a face of U.S. soccer? A new PSP contributor -- and longtime D.C. United fan -- takes a look.

Coaching Hot Seat Full As MLS Heads Into Summer

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It has been one of those seasons already for Peter Nowak. (Getty Images)

It's a slow week in Major League Soccer. One league game, a couple international games on the menu for the national team(s) in the area and some US Open Cup games.

Most of the clubs in MLS have played at least a third of their season slate with only a couple stragglers at the end that have played just 10 or 11 games so far.

Who is the Best Head Coach in MLS?

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As the preseason gets into full swing and rosters begin to stabilize, it's time to take a look at the men who pull the strings and have the greatest impact on the team itself. Â The modern manager is part tactician, ...

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Match #29 Preview: Philadelphia Union At Sporting Kansas City

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Setting: Friday, September 23 at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kansas; kickoff scheduled for 8:36:30 PM Eastern

Broadcast Information: Fox Soccer (JP Dellacamera, Kyle Martino, Brian Dunseth) and Fox Deportes (Jorge Caamaño, Alejandro Luna) nationally as 'Soccer Night in America', with coverage beginning at 8:00 PM Eastern with a pre-game show / La Gran D 1340 KDTD-AM (Raul Villegas, Enrique Morales) in Kansas City

Kansas City's Record: 10-9-10, second in East

Kansas City's Last Match: L, 1-0 at Real Salt Lake

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Rolfe Brace Lifts Chicago Over Philadelphia

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Chester, PA - The Chicago Fire made their only trip to PPL Park this Saturday to take on the Philadelphia Union for the second time this season. The Union have been looking like an improved side since firing Piotr Nowak in June, but with Jack McIntery out on suspension and Carlos Valdez out from international duty, this was a game that the Fire should walk away from with three points and nothing less.

810 WHB AM Podcast: Listen To What Scott Kessler Had To Say About The Union-SKC Game

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Last night I was invited to be a guest on Kansas City ESPN-affiliate radio station 810 WHB AM's The Kansas City Soccer Show.

Following up Taylor Twellman, the Philadelphia Union's television color commentator, I was asked what I thought of the match up between the Union and Sporting Kansas City, Zach Pfeffer's debut, the Union's rise-fall-rise in the past two months and the Jordan Harvey trade, among other topics.

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Espinoza, Busch, and Other News

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Some news to catch up with today.

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Yesterday in Toronto, Roger Espinoza and Honduras took on Canada in a World Cup qualifier at BMO Field. Canada was the stronger side throughout the match, but Honduras held on and picked up a 0-0 draw away from home.

Nowak Denies Scottish Report Of Open Hearts Job Application

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A report out of Scotland said that Peter Nowak had applied for the open Hearts managerial role, but the former Polish international denied talk of his potential departure from the Philadelphia Union.

Originally found by Philly Soccer Page, The Edinburgh Evening News said that Nowak was one of two foreign coaches that had put in an application for the job that Paulo Sergio left due to a disagreement over money.

Timbers Aquire Forward Mwanga From Philadelphia For Perlaza

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The Portland Timbers are bringing Jefferson High grad Danny Mwanga home. Today the Timbers completed a like for like swap as they traded Jorge Perlaza for the Philadelphia Union's Danny Mwanga in a move that both teams hope will help turn around their respective seasons.

Mwanga has been an outcast from Piotr Nowak's locker room as rumors of butting heads between the Union's boss and first ever MLS draft pick have swirled for the last year.

Recap: First Points Of The Season For Union After Scoreless Draw With Vancouver

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It wasn't a win, but it wasn't a loss for the Philadelphia Union.

The first point of the season finally came around for the Union, a small positive in an otherwise disappointing beginning to the 2012 MLS season.

"If you can't win, it's better not to lose," Carlos Valdes said to Kevin Kinkead, of PhiladelphiaUnion.

Nowak: Fighting Spirit Necessary To End Cold Streak

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A slow start to the 2012 MLS regular season has the Philadelphia Union on the ropes, but head coach Piotr Nowak believes that the team is mired in a cold streak that has an end in sight.

"You have some cold streaks during the season, but it's tough to start the season like that," Nowak said at his press conference today.

USMNT: Nowak on Olympic Qualifying

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Piotr Nowak knows more about Olympic Qualifying than most. The Union head coach worked as an assistant to then USMNT boss Bob Bradley, and was in charge of the Olympic team for qualifying & the Beijing games back in 2008. Coach Nowak was kind enough to take a few minutes to discuss Caleb Porter's selections & the challenges of qualifying process last night at the FanFest at Chickie's & Pete's.

2012 Supplemental Draft Pick Krystian Witkowski Signs With The Philadelphia Union

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Krystian Witkowski has signed a contract with the Philadelpia Union, according to Ted Philipakos, his agent.

The 2012 Supplemental Draft second rounder (thirty second overall) became the second member of the Union's draft class to sign with the team and MLS (the other being Chandler Hoffman, who signed a Generation Adidas contract prior to the SuperDraft).

Chris Konopka's Career Is One Of Irish Ups, American Downs

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The Philadelphia Union announced, over Twitter, that along with second year goalkeeper Zac MacMath, the team has former third stringer Chase Harrison and Chris Konopka, a former New York Red Bulls goalkeeper, in their Florida training camp.

Union head coach Piotr Nowak has made it clear that he's both comfortable with heading into the season with Harrison as MacMath's backup and no veteran goalkeeper on the roster.

Philadelphia Union 2012 MLS Draft Targets: Center Back

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The 2012 SuperDraft has been criticized as being a weak draft, but the positions that the Brotherly Game feels the Philadelphia Union should target have plenty of options from which to choose. Center back is one of the few positions that this SuperDraft has enough depth to wait until the second round to take a player, but it also has a few intriguing first round prospects.

It's (Already) Time To Bid Adu: Freddy's Words About Rayo Show His Time In MLS Should End

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"It would be an amazing opportunity to be able to stay here at Rayo."

Freddy Adu has been in Spain for what seems like five minutes, but already he views it as his future if chances open to him. Therein lies the problem with Adu: his ambition to play in Europe will once again be detrimental to both his current team and to his soccer career.

Union Acquire Costa Rican Left Back Porfirio Lopez, Not Cedric Fabien

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The Philadelphia Union revealed today that the team has acquired Porfirio Lopez, the first transfer in a long time that the club has managed to keep secret before the official announcement. The signing will go through once the team receives Lopez's International Transfer Certificate and P-1 visa.

Lopez has played mostly in Costa Rica, his native country, throughout his career, after debuting with Santos de Guapiles in 2005.

Despite Josue Martinez Joining The Union, Michael Thurk Reportedly Still Waiting On Word From The Team

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Suspended Augsburg FC striker Michael Thurk is still waiting for word from the Philadelphia Union about signing the German, despite the team having recently acquired Josue Martinez.

Reports out of Germany today continue to discuss Thurk favoring a move to MLS, particularly the United States, with the Union and Vancouver Whitecaps still at the top of his list of possible destinations.

Deportivo Saprissa Striker Josue Martinez Linked To Union For $400-500,000

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Back in July, the Philadelphia Union were linked to Deportivo Saprissa striker Josue Martinez, and reportedly even made a bid of nearly $1 million for him. MLS Rumors spotted a new report, out of Norway, that says that the Union are set to bid for the forward again, but this time are the most likely destination for Martinez with Norwegian club FFK unable to afford a transfer themselves of between $400-500,000.

Nicolas Anelka Linked To Philadelphia Union, Team Source Tells Kerith Gabriel There Is Interest

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French news outlet L'Equipe is reporting that the Philadelphia Union are among a group of teams that is competing to sign current Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka to a contract in the January international transfer window.

Philadelphia Daily news, and Philly.com, Union beat reporter Kerith Gabriel stated over Twitter that a team source confirmed that the Union had interest in Anelka, but that the striker's other offers on the table would be tough to match.

Recap: Union Move Into First Place In The Eastern Conference With A Quality Win In Seattle

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Wet turf and over 36,000 hostile fans weighed upon the visiting team, but that didn't force the Philadelphia to play the young, inexperienced and almost frightened role that was seen nearly 18 months ago in Seattle. Rather, the Union controlled and played aggressively, showing what a new season can bring to a formerly struggling team.

Immediate Reaction: Prevent Once Again Costs The Union Two Points

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Tonight proved once again that the Philadelphia Union cannot figure out how to properly save a lead. A goal by Chivas USA striker Juan Pablo Angel in the 90th minute of the game took the air out of the Union's chance to go back to the top of the Eastern Conference table.

Head coach Piotr Nowak deserves the criticism that comes his way for his management of the game tonight.

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10 days to go before Dynamo come home

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I don't know about you, but it's been so long since I last actually attended a Houston Dynamo game that I am beginning to think I might never see them again. Today marks 10 days until the first game at BBVA Compass Stadium, and what a long trip it's been.

Despite yesterday's ribbon-cutting and last night's unbelievably cool laser light show party that Statoil hosted in the place (For more pics of both, check out the previous post.

Match #28 Preview: Philadelphia Union Vs. Columbus Crew

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Setting: Saturday, September 17 at PPL Park in Chester; kickoff scheduled for 7:36:30 PM Eastern.

Broadcast Information: The Comcast Network (JP Dellacamera, Taylor Twellman, Bob Rigby), coverage beginning at 7:00 PM Eastern with a pre-game show / ONN (Dwight Burgess, Duncan Oughton), News Talk 610 WTVN-AM (Neil Sika) and La Mega 103.


Nowak Goes All In... And The Consequences That Come With It

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I don't think I exaggerate when I say that people were surprised by the Le Toux trade to Vancouver.

People understood why Le Toux might want to move to EPL club Bolton and many supported the decision even if they were sad about the possibility of losing our favorite Frenchman (I will post more thoughts on it in my second part of evaluating the Union off-season when the dust finally settles).

Wednesday: Terry Tweets & Philly Polls

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Just a quick round-up this morning:

Terry will go to the Euros...

• Shambolic! RT @RobHarrisUK BREAKING: England captain Terry not to stand trial on charge of racially abusing opponent until after Euro 2012.

The skinny: John Terry's legal trial regarding his alleged racial abuse of Anton Ferdinand postponed to the week of July 9th.

Union's Season Ends In Disappointing 1-0 Loss

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It seemed so fitting. So perfect, even. The Philadelphia Union were seeking their first ever playoff match victory and playoff series victory in the same place where they took their first-ever road victory, and opened their second season with a victory: Robertson Stadium in Houston. But it was not to be.

Pfeffer Makes Debut, Winless Streak Snapped As Union Edge Crew 1-0

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Going into their match against the Columbus Crew, the Philadelphia Union and their supporters talked up tonight as perhaps the most important in club history. The first-place Crew came into Chester leading the Union by five points in the standings, with one match in hand. A Union victory would do two things: snap an eight-match winless streak in MLS play, and put the Union right back in the thick of the race for the top spot in the Eastern Conference.

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A Look to the Future - Philadelphia Union Formations of 2014

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Barry Evans takes a look at the possible formations the Union could utilize in 2014.

There has always been a stance of "I want to play a 4-3-3 formation" from John Hackworth ever since he took over for Piotr Nowak. In previous years, the excuse has been that he never had his players for this formation, but now that has all changed.

What Is The Meaning of Tradition, Honor, Passion?

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"There are three words that we go on" CJ Brown said on Wednesday night, moments after he became the seventh man to join the Ring of Fire. "Tradition, passion and honor."

Nobody exemplifies those words better than CJ. He might not have been the best player in Fire history, but not one person sweated more, pushed more, exemplified better the badge and those words it is supposed to represent than CJ in his 372 games for the club.

Kansas City, here we come

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Those of you who listen to the World Football Phone-In on BBC Five Live every week (either live or podcast) can hear the wonderful host Dotun Adebayo singing this classic Leiber and Stoller tune regularly, expecially on the weeks when co-host Sean "The Big Wheel" Wheelock is on.

Despite Piotr Nowak's Presser Rant, Daniel Is Dealing With Immigration Issues And The Union Know

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Philadelphia Union head coach Piotr Nowak attacked reports of midfielder Keon Daniel having immigration problems yesterday at his press conference, saying that "they need to get the facts straight."

Nowak went on to say, "the front office cannot redo a visa. I heard about this ‘source call to the player' thing and it's completely false and I think it would be best if someone checked with our staff and not to speculate on something that's not true.

Guest Post: What Joe Tait Brings To The Table For The Philadelphia Union

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Jason Le Blanc (@outsidemid) is a contributor at Two Hundred Percent, Tottenham blog Yankee Yiddos, Unprofessional Foul and Bundesliga Lounge. Le Blanc watched Joe Tait play multiple times during the defender's 2010 USL PDL Defender of the Year season, and while with the Dayton Dutch Lions.

It can be difficult at times becoming overly enthused over a new player signing, especially someone whom you have heard little about and seen in action even less, if at all.