Nikolov to push MacMath for Union goalie job
[MLS TRANSACTIONS] The Philadelphia Union signed 39-year-old Macedonia international goalie Oka Nikolov, who spent nearly
20 years with German club Eintracht Frankfurt, making 229 appearances in the Bundesliga. While Union coach John Hackworth praised Nikolov's character and
experience, he did say current No. 1 keeper Zac MacMath, 18 years younger than Nikolov, is still the starter in goal.
“He is first and
foremost a fantastic person,” Hackworth said of Nikolov at his weekly press conference. “Something we believe very strongly in is the character of the people we bring into our club, and he
certainly epitomizes that. I met with him and was impressed with him as a person as much as his playing record. The fact that he was at Eintracht Frankfurt for so long and is in high regard there says
volumes about him as a person and as a player.”
Nikolov started the final eight games of Eintracht Frankfurt’s 2012-13 season, helping earn the club a spot in the playoff
round of the Europa League. Despite this success, Hackworth says Nikolov will have to earn whatever minutes he gets.
“Zac’s absolutely, 100 percent still the starter,”
Hackworth said. “No question about that.”
No comments yet.
|Recent Soccer America Daily What They're Saying: Greg Maas Sept. 2, 2:28 a.m. |
"I'll tell you straightaway, it was a dream come true." -- Utah Valley men's coach Greg ... Who laughs last after transfer deadline? Sept. 2, 1:05 a.m.
[SOCIAL MEDIA ROUNDUP] As the transfer deadline came and went, hundreds of millions changed hands, players ... Soccer America Power Rankings Sept. 2, 12:20 a.m.
[MLS: Week 25] FC Dallas held the top spot despite its unbeaten streak ending at 10 ... Charlotte's playoff hopes dented with draw Sept. 2, 12:01 a.m.
[USL PRO: Week 25] The Charlotte Eagles didn't do its playoff hopes any good as it ... Defoe will stay at Toronto FC Sept. 1, 11:51 p.m.
[MLS SPOTLIGHT] So much for those stories of Jermain Defoe leaving Toronto FC. Monday's transfer deadline ... A 'no-look' finish from Brazilian in Bundesliga Sept. 1, 10:38 p.m.
[VIDEO PICK: Golazo] Hoffenheim's Roberto Firmino had a splendid first touch to settle a chipped through ... What They're Saying: Javier Hernandez Sept. 1, 10:04 p.m.
"To wear this jersey is a dream come true for any player in the world. Everyone ... HSV's Beiersdorfer: Green and Holtby are 'great players' Sept. 1, 7:45 p.m.
[AMERICANS ABROAD] Julian Green is officially a member of German Bundesliga club Hamburg, completing the move ... Five MLS players are called up Sept. 1, 7:25 p.m.
[CENTRAL AMERICAN CUP] Thirteen players based in U.S. leagues -- five in MLS, six in the ... Three big storylines to follow in Czech Republic-USA Sept. 1, 6:54 p.m.
[CZECH REPUBLIC-USA] Jurgen Klinsmann will send out the youngest team of his tenure as U.S. national ... >> Soccer America Daily Archives