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Philadelphia Union CEO Sakiewicz confident lockout will be handled properly

The CEO of MLS expansion franchise Philadelphia Union is confident the collective bargaining agreement lockout will be handled well.

With the league and the Players' Union still failing to come to terms on the agreement, Philadelphia's debut season is full of uncertainty but chief Nick Sakiewicz is confident things will work out.

"I'm confident the league office will handle it properly," Sakiewicz said. "I'm not in the middle of any it."

As for something that is certain, the Union's new arena, PPL Park, is well on the way and there is a buzz of excitement around the place according to the boss.

"This structure is coming to fruition and the dream is alive," said Sakiewicz. "As you can see, this will be a world-class athletic venue.

"I went down to training camp to get a pulse of their (players) thoughts. Some players had been uprooted from places, but every player in this organization is excited to play in this stadium.

"Soccer in this country has been growing and simmering beneath the surface," the Union CEO said. "With stadiums like these, it's beginning to explode."

Andrew Slevison
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