“We have been scouting and evaluating talent for many months,” said Philadelphia Union Team Manager Peter Nowak. “From the teams throughout MLS, we have chosen a group of players who will give us some flexibility and create options for us, as we now build our initial roster. There is still much work ahead of us.”
For Philadelphia Union CEO and Operating Partner Nick Sakiewicz, integrating the selections of the Technical Staff with the rest of the organization is the next step in a process that began 15 years ago when he was a founding executive in the League.
“Our journey began as a dream to bring Major League Soccer to the Greater Philadelphia Region,” reflected Sakiewicz. “As our front office has evolved and we’ve watched with awe as our stadium rises here on the banks of the Delaware in Chester, now the reality of having our first players is a fabulous move forward. Yet the challenge of continuing to create the quality team and organization we believe our supporters deserve drives us on every day.
“We look forward to integrating our players into our growing family.”
Expansion Draft Roster:
GK - Brad Knighton (NE)
DF - Dave Myrie (CHI), Shavar Thomas (CHV), Jordan Harvey (COL)
MF - Shea Salinas (SJ), Stefani Miglioranzi (LA), Andrew Jacobson (DC)
FW - Nick Zimmerman (NY), Alejandro Moreno (CLB), Sebastien Le Toux (SEA)
For more information on Philadelphia Union's Expansion Draft selections, please CLICK HERE to view player bios or CLICK HERE to view the Expansion Draft Media Guide.
Philadelphia Union’s first-ever First Kick will take place, March 25, 2010 vs. the Seattle Sounders at Qwest Field. The club’s home opener will be April 10th vs. D.C. United at Lincoln Financial Field
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Keystone Sports and Entertainment LLC is the Philadelphia Union ownership group. It is comprised of Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of iStar Financial Jay Sugarman, CEO and Operating Partner Nick Sakiewicz, Christopher and Robert Buccini and David Pollin, founding partners of the Buccini Pollin Group, Swarthmore Group’s Jim Nevels (Chairman) and Paula Mandle (CEO), and Philadelphia attorney William Doran. For more information about Philadelphia Union, visit www.philadelphiaunion.com.
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CHESTER, Pa (November 25, 2009) — Philadelphia Union have selected their first players. The MLS expansion club, set to begin play in 2010, now has 10 athletes, taken from a pool of 192, made available by their teams in the 2009 MLS Expansion Draft.
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