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Philadelphia Union ready to make waves in MLS

Incoming franchise Philadelphia Union are preparing to make a big impact in their first season in MLS.

The Union will take to the pitch in 2010 and the club is already planning to make waves, just like Seattle Sounders did this year, especially through the fans.

"You feel it from the excitement of the fans here, to the way the area is already embracing the team - there's something here that will be special," said CEO and co-owner Nick Sakiewicz.

"We really believe in having a strong connection with our fans and making them a part of everything we do.

"When you combine that with the talent in this area and the strong youth soccer element, we feel we have the right people in place to capitalize on all the strengths this area has to offer."

Head coach Peter Nowak is also extremely excited about building the foundations of a brand new club and installing a winning culture but understands it may take some time.

"The whole concept of not just putting the X's and O's on the board, but to also build the whole culture within the club, made me want to be a part of this," Nowak said. "When I spoke to [co-owners] Nick Sakiewicz and Jay Sugarman, I found that we shared the same vision of building the franchise through the grassroots.

"It's going to take time, but it's the priority because the young players are the future of this franchise."

Andrew Slevison
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