Longest-tenured? It's Union's Hackworth

Union coach John Hackworth is expecting a tough game from the Revolution on Saturday. YONG KIM / Staff Photographer
Union coach John Hackworth is expecting a tough game from the Revolution on Saturday. YONG KIM / Staff Photographer
Posted: October 11, 2013

Since the firing of Peter Laviolette as Flyers coach, a lot has been made of Eagles coach Chip Kelly's being the longest-tenured Philadelphia coach among the four "major" sports teams in Philadelphia after only five games.

This news, which has been reported frequently, has the Union of Major League Soccer taking exception.

John Hackworth was named the Union's interim manager (which in soccer is head coach) on June 13, 2012, replacing the fired Peter Nowak. Hackworth had the interim tag removed on Aug. 30, 2012.

The team has played 54 games with Hackworth guiding the Union.

He was asked Wednesday if being snubbed when Philadelphia's major sports are mentioned bothered him.

Hackworth said he didn't care about not being mentioned, but he felt it was an insult to soccer.

"It does [tick] me off, to be very clear, but it's not about me," Hackworth said. "I think it's incredible that in this and day and age in the world we live in with how popular our sport is, in a city that says it is such a sports town, to say 'nah, it doesn't count as one of the top professional sports,' that is crazy."

Now in their fourth season, the Union have a strong following. This season they have averaged 17,830 fans in 16 home games at 18,500-seat PPL Park in Chester.

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