Philadelphia Union fire CEO Nick Sakiewicz

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by RYAN BRISTER

On the backs of their loss in the U.S. Open Cup Final on Wednesday night, the Philadelphia Union have fired CEO Nick Sakiewicz, as first reported by Kevin Kinkead of CBS and later, Jeffrey Carlisle of ESPN.

“I enjoyed my time at the Philadelphia Union and am proud of the team, the organization and the stadium that we built,” Sakiewicz told ESPN. “I wish the Union, Jay Sugarman and the entire organization the best of luck and continued success.”

The Union confirmed reports Friday morning.

“Nick was instrumental in helping bring a team to Philadelphia and building our organization from the ground up, and we thank him for the dedication and perseverance he showed in those efforts along with his passion for the club,” said Union Chairman and Majority Owner Jay Sugarman. “It’s time to move forward now and execute on our plan to bring a winning team to Philadelphia and its fans.”

In six seasons under Sakiewicz, the Union made the playoffs just once, to go with two cup final losses. Sakiewicz oversaw the club’s personnel decisions and took much of the blame for the disastrous signing of Rais MBolhi and the goalkeeping chaos that has defined the team over the last two years. He also owned a small stake in the franchise.

Earlier this season and at the tail end of last season, protests from the Sons of Ben named Sakiewicz as a reason for the club’s struggles. In response, Sakiewicz said in a radio interview “that type of stuff just drives wedges between people. I don’t pay a lot of attention to it.” This did not help his cause among the fanbase.

Prior to taking a founding role with the Union, Sakiewicz was president of the MetroStars for six seasons before the franchise was sold to Red Bull. He began his MLS involvement with a three-year stint as president of the Tampa Bay Mutiny. In fifteen seasons as an executive in the league, Sakiewicz’s teams have won a total of zero trophies.

 

  • OpenCupFan

    Interesting article, wonder if it will get 100 comments?
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    btw, who gives a sh@t, it’s just #bushleaguemls anyway

    • slowleftarm

      Probably not because it’s not even about a NY team. Or maybe it will but only if you post 95 of the comments, like on the Cosmos articles.

  • The Realist

    He’ll get a new job…in 60-90 days.

  • Factoid boy

    He is coming back to RB is the rumor

    • The Realist

      he never worked for RB. He was there in the Metro days.