Philadelphia Union chief targeting fully homegrown XI – ‘We have more players to look at than Chelsea’

Philadelphia Union CEO Nick Sakiewicz says the club are looking to one day field a full MLS starting line-up with locally produced players.

Philadelphia Union CEO Nick Sakiewicz says the club are looking to one day field a full MLS starting line-up with locally produced players.

At present, the likes of Zach Pfeffer, Cristhian Hernandez and Jimmy McLaughlin are on the Union’s roster as Homegrown Players and down the track, Sakiewicz wants more especially seeing as there is so much to choose from.

“My dream someday is to field a starting XI from this region, with kids that grew up in this town,” Sakiewicz said.

“With 35,000 boys in this area between eight and 18, that’s very possible. That’s more boys than Chelsea has to look at.

“There are two things you need in developing young stars: time and patience. Time is something everybody has. Patience is something very few have.

“As a fan, it’s ‘I want to see it now. I want to see a trophy now.’ That’s the hardest part of investing in this strategy, but we believe it’s the right strategy. We’re building this for the long haul, not the short-term. That’s how you build something sustainable that’s competitive each year.”

 
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