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Philly Union coach John Hackworth calls loss “unacceptable”

Mar 2, 2013, 10:42 PM EDT

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Clearly, Philadelphia Union manager John Hackworth was not happy about the things worked out Saturday at PPL Park.

His team took an early lead and generally took to the visitors from Sporting Kansas City.

But poor finishing kept his team from extending the lead, and then defending plus poor goalkeeping dragged the Union all the way under.

Hackworth, now in his first full year in charge at PPL Park, called the loss “unacceptable,” and said could not find “any way to feel good about anything that just happened.”

“I’m glad Seba is here, I’m glad he scored a goal in his first game back, but this is a team sport. From our perspective it’s unacceptable to play at PPL Park and lose the way we did.

“To give one back on a free kick, that undoes us a little bit. Not even having the right amount of courage and fight in us to get one back, when we should have. We’re very disappointed. … We’re not going to be world-beaters, so we have to maximize being good in both boxes.

“It’s about execution and that’s what Sporting KC did. We pushed the game the right way and did what we wanted to do. But we didn’t execute.”

  1. judgereed - Mar 3, 2013 at 1:34 AM

    They gave up after KC went up 2-1. I am surprised it wasn’t 4 or 5-1 , they almost totally stopped defending. Also size was a big issue last year and it was quite obvious on set pieces today. You go out and sign Conner Casey and you don’t bring him in till around the 83rd. He should have been starting alongside Le Toux. If they play like they did the first 45 all 90 for the rest of the year I can see it working out a lot better than last.

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