Photo: Earl Gardner. (Nick Sakiewicz with John Hackworth during the 2014 MLS SuperDraft.)
Philadelphia Union CEO Nick Sakiewicz issued a statement before Wednesday’s game in Kansas City in which he once again backed head coach John Hackworth.
Sakiewicz said the team is “scouring the marketplace to find and bring in attacking talent,” and he called on fans to support the team, saying, “This team and group of players needs our ’12th man’ now more than ever.”
Here is the full statement.
Over the past few weeks everyone has grown extremely frustrated by our inability to score and generate more wins. Despite having played some entertaining soccer in this early part of the season the most important statistic — Wins — have obviously not been coming our way in the fashion we desire. Everyone, from our players, coaches, front office and key members of our organization are frustrated over what started out as a promising start and has turned into a rough beginning to the 2014 Major League Soccer campaign. Clearly confidence levels have taken a hit in the last few games.
That being said, we are fighters and our primary goal always is to ensure that we have the best possible players on the field at all times. That is something each person involved with the Philadelphia Union works diligently to accomplish, in addition to making sure that from top to bottom you are treated to a world class experience.
We will fight our way out and regain our confidence. There are many examples across the League’s history of teams that have started out very rough in the beginning only to become part of the League’s elite. We stand behind John Hackworth, each member of the technical staff and the players. We are working everyday with the resources available to us and are confident that with some additional key players this group can become the team we envision it to be. We do not just aspire to be in postseason play, but we are striving for an MLS title someday. I can tell you that as of today, we are very active scouring the marketplace to find and bring in attacking talent that can finish the large number of chances our vastly improved midfield is consistently creating during every game. It is exceedingly frustrating to watch us out play our opponents in just about every offensive category and have the record we have at this point in the season. It is simply not acceptable.
Now is a time to support the guys we have and welcome some new offensive reinforcements when they arrive so they can gain some confidence and get us on a roll. This Team and group of players needs our “12th Man” now more than ever. Our “12th Man” is made up of the best fans in Major League Soccer and in a difficult and crucial time they will lift the confidence of our Team. It’s times like these that make our organization stronger and build the character and resolve that will make lifting a trophy someday that much more sweeter. We appreciate our great fans and we know that many of you share our same frustrations and please know we don’t take your support for granted and are working feverishly with the resources available to us to gain better results in the standings.
Because I know, the best is yet to come.
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