Nowak To Be Named Head Coach Of Philadelphia Union

It was a quick search, but the Philadelphia Union have their man, in former D.C. United and U.S. Men’s National Team assistant Piotr Nowak.
According to sources close to the situation, current U.S. Men’s Team assistant coach Piotr Nowak will be named head coach of the MLS’ newest expansion team, The Philadelphia Union. A press conference has been scheduled for Friday.

Nowak, 44, has been with the USMNT since 2007, serving as head coach for the U-23 side and recently as Bob Bradley’s assistant. However, the former Major League Soccer player resigned his post today.

"During his time with U.S. Soccer, Peter was a valuable asset to our coaching staff and helped us accomplish a number of our goals," said U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati. "We want to thank Peter for his tireless effort and wish him all the best in his next endeavor in soccer."

A native of Pabianice, Poland, Nowak enjoyed a long and storied playing career, which spanned more than two decades. His last stop on his playing tour was with the Chicago Fire, where in his first season, the midfielder led them to a victory in the MLS Cup.

“Peter epitomizes the core values that we are building our organization around,” said Philadelphia Union CEO & Operating Partner Nick Sakiewicz. “His fierce competitiveness will translate to the pitch and resonate powerfully with our loyal supporters and all soccer fans in the Philadelphia region. Peter was our primary target from the outset and we’re ecstatic that he’s as excited about this opportunity as we are about him. Philadelphia Union will be in the hands of a proven champion for years to come.”

He made a quick transition into coaching after five seasons in the league with the Fire. In 2004 he was named head coach of D.C. United and again in his first season led a team to MLS Cup glory, raising the trophy this time as a coach.

Nowak’s tough, no-nonsense attitude should fit well with Philadelphia fans, as they are known to expect quite a bit out of their teams, and will ruthless if necessary. His hiring comes 10 months before the first kick in the Union’s history, which is seven months sooner than Seattle who hired Sigi Schmid, three months before this season began.

In 2003, Nowak was named as the first member of Chicago’s Ring of Fire and two years later was named to the MLS All-Time Best XI.

Shane Evans, Goal.com