Posts Tagged ‘peter nowak’


June 3, 2010


ESPN2 to provide 24 straight hours of World Cup Pre-game

World Cup coverage will start a day early on ESPN2, next week as the channel will be offering a 24 hour pregame. That is straight World Cup coverage, discussion, documentaries, interviews and even a concert featuring the Black Eyed Peas and Shakira. Well done ESPN2.

MLS in talks with cable channel Versus

Major League Soccer’s deal with Fox Soccer Channel is up at the end of this season and league officials have met with exec’s from Comcast owned sports network Versus. It is certainly to early to tell if MLS is courting other broadcast partners to influence later negotiations with Fox, which currently has rights to MLS games as well as matches organized by the MLS owned Soccer United Marketing, or to discuss Versus’ strategy for development of the MLS and it’s broadcasts. Versus has certainly done a very good job for the NHL in a similar capacity. We shall see.

Soccer on TV this weekend

Certainly the match that has everyone excited, is the final tune-up for the US national team ahead of next week’s World Cup Group C opener against England on June 12.

Saturday morning’s match against Australia on ESPN2 / Galavision should be more than a final dress rehearsal for the side, it should be a good chance to see how the US’s Ultimate XI looks over 90 minutes.

In MLS action, DC and RSL renew the extra time US Open Cup thriller from Wednesday night, with RSL hoping for a different (more…)


April 29, 2010




Red Bull and Union met on Tuesday to play against each other for the second time in four days and though the matches were in different competitions the scorelines were the same.

New York eliminated Philadelphia from their first ever US Open Cup appearance 2-1 on a Conor Chinn brace in front of just over 3,000 at Red Bull Arena.

Red Bull manager Hans Backe kept only one starter from Saturdays 2-1 win over Union and went with a very young lineup, including Chinn, a rookie third round draft pick.

Chinn popped in the first goal in the 16th minutes when Union goalkeeper Chris Seitz saved the young strikers first attempt.

The rookie then converted a Luke Sassano cross in the 68th minute to double the Red Bull lead.

Philadelphia’s hat-trick hero from their home opener, Sebastian LeToux was brought on in the 64th minute and scored soon after Chinn’s second goal and it looked as if Union were going to make it a game after all but LeToux suffered a knee injury late in the match and Philadelphia, having used all it’s substitutes, played the rest of the match down a man.

Disgruntled Union manager Peter Nowak made his team run wind sprints on the field after the loss.

“I won’t tolerate half-efforts and if you don’t enjoy playing on the field, you have to enjoy running,” Nowak said. “And if you are not running during the game, then you have to run after the game.”


Major League Soccer’s two winless teams came into Wednesday nights US Open Cup Play-in match with more than advancing to play Real Salt Lake on their mind.  Visiting FC Dallas and host DC United are struggling to find any kind of form or momentum that they could apply toward resurrecting their season.

FC Dallas would be starting a difficult stretch of four matches – three on the road – in the next twelve days and that comes at a bad time as they club cannot seem to gel on the field and are in desperate need of points for fear of being left behind in a tough Western Conference.

DC United, riddled with injuries and without a point after 4 matches DC United had little choice but to go with an inexperienced lineup, but the player that could be the most inexperience was the one that stepped up in front of the 2,800 or so fans at RFK Stadium.

17-year-old Andy Najar set up the first goal in the 4th minute by flicking a neat ball to Adam Cristman who returned the favor in the 51st minute by crossing a ball in that the youngster blasted home.  By this time the score was 3-0 to DC United and tie seemed to have been decided.

FC Dallas would not go quietly and scored two goals in quick succession and it appeared that DC might not have all their problems sorted out after all.

Cristman, however scored his second goal of the match in the 59th minute put the tie out of reach and eliminated FC Dallas from the US Open Cup for the second consecutive year.



Toronto FC continued it’s fine home form and drew first blood in the Nutrilite Canadian Championship by defeating Montreal Impact 2-0 at BMO Field on Wednesday Night.

TFC Captain and current MLS Player of the Week, DeWayne De Rosario opened the scoring in the 12th minute when he pounced on a loose ball in the box and slotted it home.

Defender Ty Hardin was injured on the same play on a collision with Montreal Goalkeeper Matt Jordan. Hardin left the match and received 22 stitches on his knee.

the bad blood from last seasons NCC was evident as the match descended into cynical fouls and cards.

“Rivalries are usually like that, especially for the first 20, 25 minutes it’s going to be very intense,” De Rosario told the Globe and Mail “Both teams are trying to stamp their authority on the game.”

“I think the fans came to see a soccer match not a boxing match,” Toronto forward Chad Barrett said.  “Whatever, they got both… you are going to get (that), especially playing against Montreal.”

Former MLS player and Impact veteran Roberto Brown brought the ill-will to a crescendo when he struck Toronto defender Nick Garcia in the face prompting an instant red card.  the match became more one sided after Browns dismissal.

Barrett made the most of the ample space he was allowed down the left flank in the 60th minute when he cut inside and blasted home the final goal of the contest.


April 27, 2010


Two matches in the US Open Cup qualifying tournament for Major League Soccer teams are scheduled to take place this week.

Tuesday will see New York Red Bull host Philadelphia Union at Red Bull Arena. The two teams met in MLS Week 5 play on Saturday with the Red Bulls posting a 2-1 victory. The winner will host New England Revolution on May 12.

What will be different when the two teams tussle again Tuesday? For a start, there is a big difference in the approach of the two managers.

After initially saying that he would field his usual starting lineup for Hans Backe has stated that he will not field his strongest XI for the Cup-tie due to New York’s fixture congestion.

“If we win in the Cup” Backe told the New York Post “we would probably play nine games from today until June 5th, and I don’t think this squad is able to cope with that. So we would play mostly the players who haven’t been involved in the first five games.”

Peter Nowak thinks more on the lines of, well Peter Nowak. “Is there a trophy?” Nowak asked “then we’ll play the best players.” Simple as that.

Nowak won two US Open Cup Championships during his time with the Chicago Fire, a team that has won more open cups than any other MLS team.  A focus was put on silverware with the Fire, something he clearly wants to establish with the Philadelphia Union. Though his side are only a few weeks into their existence and this is their first ever Cup match, there are players on Union that do have Cup experience.  Danny Califf, Shavar Thomas and Fred have all won Cups before and Alejandro Moreno has seven career Open Cup goals.

The Chicago Fire and Seattle Sounders both won the trophy in their inaugural seasons (1998 and 2009 respectively), a mark that Nowak is both aware of and feels he can take advantage of.  He knows that victories in any competition can build confidence in a fledgling side and give players a chance to play at the highest level away from the spotlight of being the new kids on the block.

Look for Philadelphia to play with a purpose on Tuesday Night and come out with their guns blazing.

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March 24, 2010

Mwanga at the 2010 SuperDraft (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)


Rookies are cheap and make your fantasy bench look colorful, they fill in roster spots while taking up a small amount of salary cap space.  But what if there were a few who could return on investment or even… Gasp… get you serious points?

Here is the class of the 2010 Class

Danny Mwanga
Philadelphia Union
Quite a bit of pressure on this kid as there is on the entire Union team. He was the number one overall pick in the 2010 SuperDraft and he’ll be thrown into a Philadelphia bunch that will have many holes to fill.  There will be growing pains in for Peter Nowak’s bunch and I think Mwanga will start, get minutes and score.

Fantasy Fact: He counts as a foreign player

Tony Tchani
New York Red Bulls
This Cameroonian talent played for Virginia and went number two overall in the draft. He may find work in what last season was a woeful mid-field.  I don’t see him starting right away, but he will log minutes as the season goes on.

Fantasy Fact: He counts as a foreign player and he does a lot of the toiling midfield work that doesn’t show up on the score sheet

Ike Opara
San Jose Earthquakes
I never have a handle on what Frank Yallop is doing, but I find it hard to believe that Opara won’t walk into the non-existent San Jose back line and instantly make it better.  Taken number three overall and the first defender selected in the SuperDraft, Ike is a big and talented kid. I think the ACC Defensive Player of the year in 2008 and 2009 will be up to the challenge of MLS attackers and is a no brainer to start on Bay Side, but tell that to Frank Yallop.  This kid may be a future back line man for the United States.

Fantasy Fact: Opara didn’t play a whole heckuva lot in preaseason, not sure if there is an injury concern or again the mystical Frank Yallop.

Teal Bunbury
Kansas City Wizards
Taken fourth overall Bunbury has everything he needs to be a future star in Major League Soccer, he is likely to be called in to play for Canada any day now and in addition to being Generation Adidas, he is the first second generation MLS player as his father Alex played in the league.  My problem with the young Canadian is that he had the misfortune of being drafted into a team that has a load of talent up that Perter Vermes brought in special to get some needed goals, not sure if he’ll get the minutes.

Fantasy Fact: Canadians don’t count as foreigners!

Zach Lyod
FC Dallas
Loyd is expected to step right in to the FCD defense and contribute. He left them stunned at the MLS Combine and he is versatile and may even be more comfortable at defensive midfield than on the backline, but that is where he will play for the Hoops.  Many have their eye on this former Tar Heel standout to be Rookie of the Year.

Fantasy Fact: Loyd’s versatility may provide him with a chance to collect more minutes and starts than your average rookie

Jack McInerney
Philadelphia Union
Peter Nowak likes this kid, he is a hard worker and only 17 years old.  He has a stunning 11 goals in 15 appearances for the US U-17 team, but I am not sure how many minutes young Jack will get.

Fantasy Fact: I see Jack Mac as a super sub, he may get points but coming in late when the Union needs a lift.

Zach Schilawski
New England Revolution
The Revolution love drafting from Wake Forest and though other teams have begun to catch on to New England’s little secret, Steve Nichol and co. may have picked the one Demon Deacon who can provide them with goals right out of the gate.

Fantasy Fact: Remember Noonan? This kid might have a points per salary ratio on par with him.

Michael Stephens
Los Angeles Galaxy
The word from Galaxy camp is that this Chicago Fire Premier product fits right in to the needs of the team. He was a standout player in an always standout UCLA program.  He can play on the flanks or in the middle of the park and has done just that in the preseason.  I didn’t think he could see minutes in such a clogged midfield but as the preseason progressed he earned the plaudits of Bruce Arena and Landon Donovan and really, that’s all I needed to hear. Stephens is having a phenomenal spring and there is talk of him becoming the Galaxy’s third rookie of the year in a row.

Fantasy Fact: Stephens will likely see minutes in every game. His versatility can provide a 70th minute answer to any number of aged Galaxy midfielders, he will see minutes and when he does he will get points

Tim Ream
New York Red Bulls
Ream is my early pick for Rookie of the Year.  Though he was a 2nd round pick, he will come into a rebuilt Red Bull team and share the center of the defense with Mike Petke, who can only serve to make the kid better.  I think he will start and that this New New York team will get goals and keep clean sheets. Besides Tim played for the Chicago Fire Premier and you how much love I have for that organization.

Fantasy Fact: Ream will start and play 90 right from jump street