Struggling Philadelphia Union change coaches

Struggling Philadelphia Union change coaches

Published Jun. 13, 2012 8:28 p.m. ET

The Philadelphia Union dismissed coach Peter Nowak on Wednesday, after the Major League Soccer team struggled to just wins from its first 11 matches.

The Union, stuck in ninth place in the Eastern Conference, will be led on an interim basis by John Hackworth.

Hackworth, 42, has filled in for Nowak as coach several times, leading the Union in MLS play, international friendlies and the U.S. Open Cup.

Hackworth came to Philadelphia after two years as an assistant with the U.S. national team under Bob Bradley.


Nowak, 47, was named Philadelphia's first team manager on May 29, 2009. In 75 MLS games, Nowak won 21 matches against 30 losses with 24 draws, and led the team to its first-ever playoff appearance in 2011.