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More Nowak details emerge, league news, more

Philadelphia Union

On Tuesday night, Philly.com’s Jonathan Tannenwald began tweeting excerpts from documents made available to the public earlier in the day from Peter Nowak’s lawsuit against the Union. There’s a whole lot of information to digest — stay tuned for more. In the meanwhile, Soccer America and Brotherly Game have a synopsis of Tannenwald’s tweets and a personal reaction piece Nowak’s apparent views on concussions.

[After today’s roundup went live, I posted links to download all of the latest documents from the Nowak lawsuit. You can find them here.]

Moving from the past to the future, at the Union website, info on this weekend’s combine, and links to the SBI and Top Drawer Soccer mock drafts.

Attacking midfielder Richie Laryea, Top Drawer Soccer’s candidate for the Union’s second first round pick in the draft (No. 6 overall), has agreed to a Generation adidas deal.

Mark Geiger, every Union fan’s favorite referee, is one of 27 U.S. officials included on the 2016 FIFA International Panel of Referees and Assistant Referees.


Hershey, Pa. native and US Youth international Christian Pulisic has been promoted to training with Borussia Dortmund’s first team.

Carli Lloyd will be honored by the Philadelphia Sports Writers Association at its banquet on Feb. 1.

At the Ocean City Nor’easters website, a report on last weekend’s open tryout.


Six more college players, and five youth internationals, have been added to the MLS Combine, which begins on Friday in Fort Lauderdale.

Werder Bremen have confirmed Jordan Morris, who was reportedly close to signing with Seattle Sounders, will be training with the German Club. Deutsche Welle writes, “They will be giving United States national team youngster Jordan Morris a trial during the winter break.” Stanford announced on Tuesday Morris will forgo his senior year in order to turn pro.

Chicago Fire winger Patrick Nyarko to DC United?

Dallas has signed defender Aaron Guillen as a Homegrown Player.

Columbus Crew have signed head coach Gregg Berhalter to a multi-year contract extension.

Kansas City has named Brian Bliss as Director of Player Personnel. Bliss was technical director at Chicago and served as interim head coach after the dismissal of Frank Yallop late last season.

Images of the stadium design shown to residents of Miami’s Overton neighborhood have been published by the Miami Herald. The stadium looks very nice but a a disclaimer on the image says it is ‘not indicative of any plans for this particular site.'”

Miami Today reports the Miami River Commission believes it should have a voice in decisions about the Miami stadium.

The USL announced on Tuesday “the termination of the Adirondack Sports Club’s ownership of the Rochester Rhinos for failing to meet USL standards.” League CMO Tom Veit, former founding president of the Philadelphia Union, will run the team, who won the league championship last season, while the search for new ownership is underway. Background on how the former Rhino owners failed to meet USL standards — and were also at odds with the city of Rochester — at Rochester Democrat & Chronicle.


At SI, Grant Wahl has some background info on this month’s USMNT camp. Wahl says Clint Dempsey, Nick Rimando, Graham Zusi, Kyle Beckerman, Brad Evans, Chris Wondolowski, and Omar Gonzalez are not expected to be involved in the camp.

At Goal.com, Ives Galarcep has ten questions about the USMNT to be answered in 2016.


From the AP: “Switzerland’s justice ministry says former FIFA vice president Alfredo Hawit has agreed to be extradited to the United States.” More from Reuters.

The AP reports, “Prince Ali bin al-Hussein warns that FIFA risks catastrophe unless he is elected president next month and entrusted with cleaning up an organization reeling from corruption charges.” More from The Guardian and PA Sport.

The lead investigator of FIFA’s ethics committee has recommended suspended secretary general Jerome Valcke be banned for nine years. Valcke’s provisional ban, which expired on Tuesday, has been extended by 45 days pending a decision by the ethics committee.

Will the US investigation into FIFA corruption help save Brazilian soccer?


  1. Good work Jonathan Tannenwald, although I cannot think of a more tedious way to read that coverage. Maybe if he had sent me text messages one word at a time…

  2. It is truly astounding that Nowak is so delusional that he believed he was wrongfully discharged. His absolute disregard for the well-being of his players is so out of touch with modern medicine that I’m more shocked that none of the players have filed suits against him.
    If anyone suffered a greater injury due to his mistreatment, Nowak (as well as the Union) can be found to be willfully negligent.
    A part of me believes this is just the beginning. This is going to get louder.
    The concussion section has only garnered a small mention from Twellman on Twitter so far. I suspect he’ll have more so in the upcoming days.

    • I believe I saw a tweet from Twellman confirming that Nowak expressed his sentiments regarding concussions verbally to TT on a few occasions. Also interesting was Amobi’s reaction…

  3. el Pachyderm says:

    Could be could be could be Christian Pulisic becomes our first world class player.
    If that happens… If Christian Pulisic emerges as a dynamic midfielder and becomes CL regular and reaches world class status…he will be a supernova. Here’s hoping his development continues.
    Regarding Peter Nowak… Enough with that maniac who set this franchise back 5 years. Bollox to Peter Nowak. How long until he just goes away.
    A moment of silence today for Cobbs Creek’s clubhouse…. like it or not that place was a Philadelphia golf icon.

  4. The Nowak stuff. Wow. Just wow.

  5. el Pachyderm says:

    When does camp break already… we got Capital Cup we got Copa Cups we got Cups and Cups and all I got is cold coffee in a mug.
    This has to change. I can’t take it. We’re talking about college drafts… no 3 picks. Hey Don~ get on it.
    Apertura Clausura.

    • Yes. I want to read about some Union signings and transfers man. That’ll do more to shake out the slumber and ward off the cold than coffee.

  6. On a serious note, can anyone explain the “spanking” incidents to me? Raise a hand if you would let your boss – disregarding the fact that you are a grown man – spank you? I’m waiting…

    • el Pachyderm says:

      Well… Am I employed by Elle McPherson by chance?

    • Not mentioned was that Nowak had 50 Shades of Gray on the team’s offseason reading list.

    • I love this site…

    • Nowak spanking players and a bucket of ice with Hackworth and Vartughian taping all for the enjoyment of Veit and Sakiewicz.
      My mind is literally blown. Not because I find the behavior offensive or immoral, more so that as a GROWN MAN YOU ALLOWED YOURSELF TO BE SPANKED. Preposterous. Incredulous.
      Just so Union…

      • el Pachyderm says:

        Now I guess I have to actually read these documents…. on second thought. Ignorance is always okay too.

      • I would like to believe that if there was videotaping going on, it was simply because Hackworth and Vartughian feared for their jobs or retaliation as well, or it occurred while they were taping for another reason and was caught on tape. At least Hackworth, he seemed like a genuinely good person. Vartughian I can’t speak as much of since I’m not as familiar.

      • Jim Presti says:

        Yeah. I *want* to believe that the taping was for some entirely separate purpose and the whole thing was mistakenly filmed. Its – slightly – less creepy that way.

    • The spanking, videotaping, and bucket of ice is mind blowing. But even more disturbing is that an environment existed, where people were afraid to speak up out of fear they’d be traded, released, or otherwise punished.

      • Well apparently Danny Califf was, in fact, traded after complaining, so it seems they had good reason to fear.

  7. Two months until first kick.

  8. I have always said that Nowak’s implosion was the most absurd thing I have ever seen in my entire 3 dozen plus years as an active sports fan. But it seems that it was even worse than I thought. The spanking thing is so ridiculous that I have trouble believing it, for the reason’s Jim Presti mentions above.

    • Jim Presti says:

      I’m not saying that the events didn’t transpire, I’m saying that I can’t imagine a world where I would let another man spank me… in the workplace… by a person who happens to be my boss… … in front of others… and on camera… plus the ice bucket.

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