Posts Tagged ‘Peter Nowak’

Philadelphia Union release David Myrie–is Cristian Arrieta’s signing a done deal? [updated]

March 31, 2010 3 comments

David Myrie

Sure, things were peachy once. Then the opening whistle blew . . . (David Myrie: Second from left, top row).

The unforgiving reality of professional soccer struck home for one Union player today. David Myrie, the former Costa Rican international who started in his first MLS game, played poorly, and left the field limping against the Seattle Sounders last Thursday, was released by the Philadelphia Union earlier today.

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Luciano Emilio to Philadelphia?

March 28, 2010 Leave a comment
Luciano Emilio

Luciano Emilio driving fast and far from DC

The Washington Post’s Steven Goff reported yesterday that Philadelphia Union officials are chasing after former DC target man Luciano Emilio (h/t Philly Soccer Page via Twitter)

The Insider has learned that expansion Philadelphia is considering several options at striker, including Emilio . . .

Philadelphia “has a couple of things in the works,” one source said.

Emilio scored 20 regular season goals in 2007, 11 the following year and 10 last season.

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Who should the Union start against DC United on April 10?

March 26, 2010 6 comments

IF we learned anything from the Union’s first game it’s that Nowak’s lineup didn’t work. This has been discussed extensively here, here, here, and just about everywhere else.

So what should the starting lineup be against DCU on the 10th? Is it too early to start speculating? Hello no! I’m suffering from Union-on-TV-withdrawal and need to keep the posts going.

Below are my current best 11 (after the jump):

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Did Peter Nowak out-think himself against Seattle?

March 26, 2010 4 comments
Peter Nowak

Did Peter Nowak over-think the Union's lineup against Seattle?

Reader Stoehrst had this to say in the comment thread for my live blog last night:

I have to say, the most worrying thing for Philly is the way Nowak just seemed to totally misuse what was available to him. Stahl may be capable of playing CB but he’s a natural defensive mid. Conversely, Orozco may be capable of playing holding mid but he’s a natural center back. Why swap them? To me, that’s a massive gaffe on Nowak’s part. Instead of having two players in their comfort positions in a game where you’re starting a team full of rookies and teenagers, you contribute to the madness by playing them out of position. He did the same to Mwanga. Danny is a striker, and instead was being told to play in a creative midfield role. He looked lost for the entire 45 minutes he was on the pitch, like he wasn’t sure what his responsibilities were. Alejandro Moreno is a guy who’s not unused to playing in the hole behind the strikers, so why wouldn’t you have Mwanga partnering Le Toux up front with Moreno behind and Torres/Jacobson on the wings? I was disappointed to see such poor decision-making from Nowak in just their first match.

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What?! The Union played and I missed?–A look back at the team’s Saturday of goals

February 15, 2010 2 comments
Jack McInerney scores goals!

Jack McInerney scores goals!

Over the next few weeks I’ll probably begin every post like this: “Sorry!”

I hate that I can’t cover the pre-season in depth, but grad student responsibilities seem to interfere with keeping a website up-to-date.  And I did have something that sounded like a commitment for a match report from the game, but that disappeared into the ether.

So it’s left to me to try to piece together what happened from twitter and the Union’s official site. Here we go:

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Michael Orozco officially signs with the Philadelphia Union

January 29, 2010 6 comments
Michael Orozco

Michael Orozco

Michael Orozco, defender for Mexican first division side San Luis and the US U-23 national team, has signed with the Philadelphia Union, team officials announced in a press release today.

“We are happy to have Michael join us,” team manager Peter Nowak said in the press release. “It is great to have a player at the top of his game show his desire and commitment. We hope to have him as an anchor at the back of our defense for a long time to come.”

The Union made the deal by trading an undisclosed amount of allocation money to the Red Bulls for their number one spot in the allocation order.

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Interview with Amobi Okugo on the ASN Union page

January 19, 2010 3 comments

My Union-reporting colleagues at ASN landed a great interview with 18-year-old Amobi Okugo. My favorite quotes after the jump:

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