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Saturday, July 14, 2012


(Times staff / ERIC HARTLINE)
Less than a half-hour after the Union had defeated Montreal, 2-1, Saturday night to consummate the franchise's first three-match winning streak in MLS play, Nick Sakiewicz wore a grin befitting of a happy boss.

The Union's CEO, Sakiewicz addressed the team's elevated level of play, which has resulted in a 4-2-0 record since John Hackworth went from assistant coach to interim manager.

That's why Sakiewicz said he's content to leave the Union roster as is, even though the international transfer window will remain open until July 27.

“We have a good team. We're done tinkering,” Sakiewicz told me. “We were tinkering the first stretch. I think that's a good question for John, but John's not tinkering. The group, they're very locked in.

The Union (6-9-2, 21 points), who at the midway point of the season, are only five points out of a playoff spot, used a stoppage-time goal from Carlos Valdes to win their fourth match in five outings.
Last month, at the opening of the transfer window, the Union signed centerback Bakary Soumare for depth on defense. It wouldn't be a surprise if that's the only move the Union make.


“Again, if opportunities come our way we feel like we can take advantage of to make our team better, we'll do it, but how can you not be proud of this team?” Sakiewicz said. “They overcame so much adversity today – not just the 11 players they were playing against, but you saw what I saw. For them to come out with this result...”

Sakiewicz began tapping his heart.

“It's all heart,” he said. “They gave up a soft goal and it's tough to come off that, but they scored in stoppage time. It's exciting stuff and it's all heart.”

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