Peter Nowak Out as Union Coach, Replaced by John Hackworth

Peter Nowak Out as Union Coach, Replaced by John Hackworth

First it was the players as Sebastien Le Toux, Danny Califf, and Danny Mwanga were all sent packing from the Union in trades. And at their 2:00 pm press conference today, the Philadelphia Union announced that head coach Peter Novak has stepped down from his role.

"Over a period of time we determined that we were no longer on the same page between ownership and Peter's philosophy of managing the team," CEO Nick Sakiewicz announced.

Sakiewicz said the move was not about wins and losses, noting his team has performed "very well on the pitch."

"This is more about philosophical differences," he said.

Nowak will be replaced by John Hackworth on an interim basis.

Nowak began as a popular figure as the first coach of the franchise, but less than three seasons in, there will be few fans unhappy to see him go. From the highs of making the playoffs in their second season to the lows of selling three of the most popular players in the third, there are more questions than answers at PPL Park.

Are you unhappy at the state of the team left in his wake? More than a few certainly are.

Union see 4-game winning streak end in shutout loss to Real Salt Lake

Union see 4-game winning streak end in shutout loss to Real Salt Lake

BOX SCORE

SANDY, Utah -- Joao Plata scored his first goal of the season and Real Salt Lake beat the Union, 1-0, on Saturday night to snap Philadelphia's club-record winning streak at four games.

Plata tapped in his goal in the 36th minute after quickly exchanging short passes twice with Jefferson Savarino. Tony Beltran got the play started by saving the ball just before it went over the goal line.

The Union (4-5-5) had a chance to tie it in stoppage time, but goalie Nick Rimando blocked Haris Medunjanin's belt-high free kick and Salt Lake (4-8-2) cleared it after a scramble in front of the net.

Union goalkeeper Andre Blake made seven saves.

Howie Kendrick makes 4th rehab appearance in Lehigh Valley

Howie Kendrick makes 4th rehab appearance in Lehigh Valley

Howie Kendrick on Saturday night made his fourth rehab appearance in Triple A during Lehigh Valley's 13-1 rout of the Louisville Bats in Allentown.

Kendrick went 1 for 5 with a run scored and three strikeouts. He also grounded into a double play and left two runners in scoring position.

It was his second rehab game playing third base. He played third during his appearance in the IronPigs' 8-4 loss Thursday to the Indianapolis Indians. He was 0 for 1 in three plate appearances with a run scored and was hit by a pitch twice (see story).

The Phillies' plan for Kendrick was to have him play a minimum four games at Lehigh Valley. He played left field in two games and third base twice. Pete Mackanin said Wednesday that Kendrick would also get a game at first base but he hasn't gotten a game at first yet.

There is a chance Kendrick could be recalled Sunday before the Phillies’ series finale against the Cincinnati Reds depending on how he feels.

Kendrick has been sidelined since April 15 with an oblique strain. In 10 games before the injury, Kendrick went 13 for 39 (.333) with five extra-base hits and four walks while exclusively playing left field.