IN HACKWORTH ERA, WHAT'S AN ACCEPTABLE FINISH TO 2012 SEASON?
Not sure if you heard, but...the Union were in the news Wednesday.
Enter John Hackworth, Nowak's assistant who will take over duties as the Union manager. We don't know too many specifics about how Hackworth will run the team, but here are a few incontrovertible truths we learned from Wednesday's press conference:
- The Union, according to Hackworth and Sakiewicz, are maintaining the rest of the technical staff, and have not made a decision regarding whether to add someone to it.
- Hackworth will be granted an opportunity to shed the interim label and stay on as team manager in 2013.
- Hackworth confirmed he'd like the Union to be active during the international transfer window, which opens June 27 and closes July 27, but he said his priority is to show faith to the players currently in the club's locker room.
If you ask Sakiewicz, he'd say nothing short of the MLS Cup Playoffs.
I'd agree. In my honest opinion, the Union's season can salvaged. Here's why: The Union are 10 points out of joining Columbus and Chicago in a tie for fourth place. A three-game winning streak, and a corresponding three-game losing streak by those clubs, alters the Union's season. Three matches. Out of 23. That's it.
The MLS season is a marathon, beginning in March and ending in October. You have to imagine the Union, who have played about as poorly record-wise as possible, have a run in them. Factor in that Hackworth, who's made a name for himself as a youth development guru, admitted he will give some of the younger, less experienced guys a shot to prove themselves, and you have a wild-card factor that the Union can exploit. When the expectations are low -- and let's not kid ourselves. They're low right now -- players and teams tend to thrive. The Union can hit a stride and turn around their season.