The number continues to rise.
It will likely rise some more.
And then keep trending upward some more.
Who knows what the barometer will eventually be?
That’s the impact Philadelphia Union manager John Hackworth has had on young soccer players coming up through the ranks and eventually playing in Major League Soccer. Hackworth has worn so many hats through the years that his presence will certainly reverberate through the league for quite some time.
After all, Hackworth spent two years as an assistant to former U.S. men’s national team head coach Bob Bradley. Hackworth also served as the Development Academy Technical Director in U.S. Soccer’s player development initiative that launched in 2007.
Before joining the U.S. Men’s National Team, Hackworth spent more than six years with the U.S. Under-17 Residency Program in Bradenton, Fla. He was the head coach of the ’05 and ’07 U-17 World Cup teams and an assistant coach on the ’03 U-17 World Cup team.
Some of the players he mentored included Michael Bradley, Jonathan Spector, Jozy Altidore and Brek Shea among others. Hackworth also worked with the likes of Gabriel Farfan, Michael Farfan, Sheanon Williams, Zac MacMath and Danny Cruz.
Hackworth was a college coach for nine years – four as the head coach of the University of South Florida and five years as the top assistant at Wake Forest.
Get the point?
Now that he’s beginning his first full season as a head coach/manager in MLS, his impact goes way back.
“I think coach Hackworth is so respected by all of us because of how he works, but also because most of us have known him for so long and we respect him,” said Michael Farfan. “He’s very organized and he’s respectful. He knows what he wants to do and he’ll work as hard as possible to get it done.”
Williams echoed similar thoughts.
“I think we all know where we stand with coach Hack and that’s huge,” Williams said. “He talks to us every step of the way and tells us what he expects from us. Communication is very important. Knowing him for as long as I have, I think it’s great to play for him because of that history. I think any player would want to play for him and it’s not a shock to see so many players improve and get to this level because of the work coach Hack put in.”
Just glance at the rosters throughout MLS.
You’ll see Hackworth’s influence across the landscape of the league.
“I have enjoyed every step of the way coaching and working with these players,” Hackworth said recently. “I’ve gotten to know so many of these players on a professional and personal level and from that, you build relationships. I’ve always tried to treat people with respect. As a head coach now, I go about my business the same way.
“It is cool to see so many players who crossed paths with me. It’s a small world. When you get an e-mail or see them in person, it’s very cool. I’m doing what I love and that’s to coach. If a player say they improved because of my help, well, that makes me feel really good.
“My job now is to do the best possible job with the Philadelphia Union and to coach the guys on this club. That’s where all my focus is going to be.”
Hackworth’s first full season will begin March 2 against Sporting Kansas City at PPL Park.
Hackworth player registry
A sampling of notable players coached by John Hackworth that have gone on to the professional ranks
|Player||Pos||Hack coached at...||Year(s)||Professional Team||Last|
|Estuardo Sanchez||F||Residency Program||2003||Chivas USA||2008|
|Jordan Graye||D||Residency Program||2003||Houston Dynamo||2011|
|Brian Grazier||M||U-17 World Cup||2003||Colorado Rapids||2008|
|Eddie Gaven||M||U-17 World Cup||2003||Columbus Crew||Present|
|Danny Szetela||M||U-17 World Cup||2003||DC United||2010|
|John DiRaimondo||M||U-17 World Cup||2003||DC United||2009|
|Jamie Watson||F||U-17 World Cup||2003||FC Dallas||2008|
|Corey Ashe||M||U-17 World Cup||2003||Houston Dynamo||Present|
|Guillermo Gonzalez||M||U-17 World Cup||2003||Los Angeles Galaxy||2006|
|Julian Valentin||D||U-17 World Cup||2003||Los Angeles Galaxy||2009|
|Kyle Helton||D||U-17 World Cup||2003||New England Revolution||2008|
|Freddy Adu||M||U-17 World Cup||2003||Philadelphia Union||Present|
|Steven Curfman||D||U-17 World Cup||2003||Real Salt Lake||2007|
|Jacob Peterson||F||U-17 World Cup||2003||Sporting Kansas City||Present|
|Michael Harrington||F||U-17 World Cup||2003||Sporting Kansas City||Present|
|Hector Jimenez||M||Residency Program||2005||Los Angeles Galaxy||Present|
|David Arvizu||F||U-17 World Cup||2005||Chivas USA||2007|
|Brian Perk||G||U-17 World Cup||2005||Los Angeles Galaxy||Present|
|Kyle Nakazawa||M||U-17 World Cup||2005||Los Angeles Galaxy||Present|
|Omar Gonzalez||F||U-17 World Cup||2005||Los Angeles Galaxy||Present|
|Amaechi Igwe||D||U-17 World Cup||2005||New England Revolution||2009|
|Kevin Alston||D||U-17 World Cup||2005||New England Revolution||Present|
|Jozy Altidore||F||U-17 World Cup||2005||New York Red Bulls||2008|
|Gabriel Farfan||M||U-17 World Cup||2005||Philadelphia Union||Present|
|Michael Farfan||M||U-17 World Cup||2005||Philadelphia Union||Present|
|Quavas Kirk||F||U-17 World Cup||2005||Portland Timbers||2010|
|Blake Wagner||D||U-17 World Cup||2005||Real Salt Lake||2011|
|Nikolas Besagno||M||U-17 World Cup||2005||Real Salt Lake||2008|
|Jeremy Hall||M||U-17 World Cup||2005||Toronto FC||Present|
|Zarek Valentin||D||Residency Program||2006||Montreal Impact||Present|
|Joe Bendik||G||Residency Program||2006||Portland Timbers||Present|
|Alex Dixon||F||Residency Program||2007||Houston Dynamo||Present|
|Amobi Okugo||M||Residency Program||2007||Philadelphia Union||Present|
|Chris Klute||D||U-17 World Cup||2007||Colorado Rapids||2012|
|Kirk Urso (Deceased)||M||U-17 World Cup||2007||Columbus Crew||2012|
|Brek Shea||M||U-17 World Cup||2007||FC Dallas||Present|
|Josh Lambo||G||U-17 World Cup||2007||FC Dallas||2011|
|Kofi Sarkodie||D||U-17 World Cup||2007||Houston Dynamo||Present|
|Tommy Meyer||D||U-17 World Cup||2007||Los Angeles Galaxy||Present|
|Danny Cruz||F||U-17 World Cup||2007||Philadelphia Union||Present|
|Sheanon Williams||D||U-17 World Cup||2007||Philadelphia Union||Present|
|Zac MacMath||G||U-17 World Cup||2007||Philadelphia Union||Present|
|Alex Nimo||F||U-17 World Cup||2007||Portland Timbers||2010|
|Ellis McLoughlin||F||U-17 World Cup||2007||San Jose Earthquakes||2012|
|Fuad Ibrahim||F||U-17 World Cup||2007||Toronto FC||2010|
|Robbie Rogers||F||Residency Program||2002-2003||Columbus Crew||2011|
|Chase Wileman||M||Residency Program||2002-2003||FC Dallas||2008|
|Christian Jimenez||M||Residency Program||2002-2004||Real Salt Lake||2007|
|Tim Ward||D||Residency Program||2002-2004||San Jose Earthquakes||Present|
|Nathan Sturgis||M||Residency Program||2003-2004||Houston Dynamo||Present|
|Dax McCarty||M||Residency Program||2003-2004||New York Red Bulls||Present|
|Adam Sloustcher||Residency Program||2003-2004||San Jose Earthquakes||2008|
|Evan Newton||G||Residency Program||2003-2005||San Jose Earthquakes||Present|
|Tony Ampaipitakwong||M||Residency Program||2003-2005||San Jose Earthquakes||2012|
|Eric Avila||M||Residency Program||2003-2005||Toronto FC||Present|
|Carlos Borja||D||Residency Program||2004-2005||Chivas USA||2010|
|Eddie Ababio||D||Residency Program||2004-2005||Colorado Rapids||2012|
|Michael Stephens||M||Residency Program||2004-2005||Los Angeles Galaxy||Present|
|Bryan Arguez||M||Residency Program||2004-2005||Montreal Impact||2012|
|Anthony Wallace||M||Residency Program||2004-2006||Colorado Rapids||Present|
|Peri Marosevic||F||Residency Program||2004-2006||Toronto FC||2011|
|Kyle Davies||D||Residency Program||2005-2006||Toronto FC||2011|
|Israel Sesay||F||Residency Program||2006-2007||Los Angeles Galaxy||2010|
|Jack McInerney||F||Residency Program||2007-2009||Philadelphia Union||Present|
|Charles Renken||M||Residency Program||2007-2009||Portland Timbers||Present|
Contact Union writer Andy Jasner at email@example.com