August 25, 2012 |
John Hackworth doesn't have the bluster of his predecessor, Peter Nowak. But that doesn't mean the Union's interim manager is a pushover. One of the difficult situations Hackworth has had to deal with involved Freddy Adu. After Sunday's 1-1 draw with D.C. United at RFK Stadium, Adu was not happy about being pulled in the 69th minute. "I wish I was out there," Adu said after the game. To Adu's credit, and Hackworth's, the two spoke about the matter, something the manager discussed at his weekly news conference on Wednesday.
October 7, 2012 |
In more than any other professional sport, soccer coaches have more say about the makeup of the roster that they go into a season with. Soccer coaches aren't even called coaches. They are "team managers," and their responsibilities are as much about putting a team together as they are about directing one. If former NFL coach Bill Parcells had been a soccer team manager, he would have never had to of made his famous comment, "They want you to cook dinner; at least they ought to let you shop for some of the groceries.
March 18, 2011
NO. POSITION PLAYER AGE 12 Forward Chris Agorsor 20 4 Defender Danny Califf 30 7 Midfielder Brian Carroll 29 21 Midfielder Michael...
September 9, 2011 |
IT WAS supposed to be a fun, carefree soccer game, but Katie's dad was sapping the enjoyment right out of it. His blatant negativity after every touch she took was embarrassing. Every time she had the ball, completed a pass or took a shot, Katie, 15, looked her father's way for approval. I can count on one hand the number of times he gave it. What's worse, Katie was playing in a no-stress Saturday morning pickup game - you know the kind, where all you have to do is show up with a pair of cleats, a white and dark shirt for teaming purposes and you're good to go. I approached her dad and jokingly asked why the intensity in such a nonchalant environment and got a long-winded reply about her being an "elite player" and that she should be "making better decisions" with the ball, especially considering the competition - albeit grown men - paled in comparison to what she faces on her club travel team.
November 10, 2009 |
The Philadelphia Union, the expansion Major League Soccer club set to begin play next year, has hired John Hackworth as coach and youth development coordinator. Hackworth comes to the Union from the United States Men's National Team that recently qualified for the 2010 FIFA World Cup finals in South Africa. "He [Hackworth] has proven his ability to nurture young players and that talent will be essential in our plan to develop them into successful professionals," said Union coach Peter Nowak.
August 5, 2012
What: Union (7-10-2, 23 points) at Montreal Impact (8-13-3, 27 points) When: Saturday, 7:30 Where: Stade Saputo. TV: TCN. Coaches: Union, John Hackworth (5-3); Impact: Jesse Marsch (8-13-3). Union on the road: 2-6-1; Montreal at home: 7-3-2. Goals for: Union 22, Montreal 33. Goals against: Union 22, Montreal 43. This season: The Union defeated Montreal, 2-1, on July 14 as Carlos Valdes scored the winning goal in stoppage time.
October 3, 2012
Wednesday at 8:30 p.m., Toyota Park, Bridgeview, Ill. TV: TCN Records: Union, 8-15-6, 30 points; Chicago, 16-9-5, 53 points. Coaches: Union, John Hackworth (6-8-4), Chicago, Frank Klopas (24-14-15). Union on the road: 2-8-4; Fire at home: 11-2-2. Goals for: Union, 31; Chicago, 42 Goals against: Union, 36; Chicago, 36. Previous meetings: On March 24, the Union lost, 1-0, at Chicago. The Fire also won, 3-1, on Aug. 12 at PPL Park.
October 8, 2012 |
WITH ITS playoff hopes dashed, the Union defeated the New England Revolution, 1-0, on Saturday at PPL Park. Jack McInerney converted a header off a free kick in the 73rd minute for the only goal. The Union is 10-15-6. McInerney has scored in three straight games. "Well, I have proved that I can score goals, that is why coach Hack [John Hackworth] drafted me here, and for him to give me the opportunity and for me to finally keep putting goals in game after game, it just shows his belief in me and my ability," McInerney said.
April 6, 2013
When/Where: Saturday, 5 p.m. at Crew Stadium, Columbus, Ohio. TV: Live Well Network. Records: Union (2-2, 6 points); Columbus (2-1-1, 7 points). Union on the road: 1-1. Columbus at home: 0-0-1. Goals for: Union 5; Columbus 7. Goals against: Union 6; Columbus 4. Last MLS outing: The Union suffered a 2-1 loss against the host New York Red Bulls last Saturday. The Crew won, 2-1, at D.C. United on March 23. About the Union: Union team manager John Hackworth wouldn't say if 33-year-old Brazilian midfielder Kléberson would make his debut, but he's been practicing with the team, and it would surprise nobody if he plays.