[MLS 2014 COUNTDOWN] The Philadelphia Union added former U.S. national team player and assistant coach Mike Sorberto the technical staff as an assistant coach for the 2014 season.
Sorber, who played for the USA at the 1994 World Cup and had 67 caps, began his coaching career in 2001, working as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Saint Louis University. He worked under Bob Bradley as an assistant coach with the U.S. national team for four years before joining the Montreal Impact in a similar capacity for its first two MLS seasons.
“Having worked with Mike before, I know that we not only share a common coaching philosophy, but a level of trust and confidence with each other,” Union head coach John Hackworth said. “He is someone that knows this league very well as both a player and a coach and we’re excited about adding someone to our staff with his knowledge and experience.”
Sorber played in Mexico for UNAM and joined Major League Soccer for its launch in 1996 and played for the Kansas City Wizards, MetroStars and Chicago Fire.
-- Sorber's arrival follows the departure of 29-year-old assistant coach Brendan Burke to pursue other professional opportunities. Burke also stepped down from his position as head coach of Reading United AC, where he was the 2010 PDL Coach of the Year.
Burke helped build Reading into a model PDL team. It had four players taken in the first 15 picks in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft: Steve Neumann, Damion Lowe, Ben Sweat and Pedro Ribeiro.
WORTH READING:Brendan Burke talks about his work in Reading.
D.C. LANDS LEFT BACK.D.C. United signed 28-year-old Spanish defender Christian Fernandez from Almeria of the Spanish La Liga, where he appeared in 36 games and recorded six goals over the last two seasons.
He should fill the hole at left back for D.C. United, which should start a completely resconstructed backline with Sean Franklin at right back and Bobby Boswelland Jeff Parke in the middle.
"We are pleased to be adding a left back with solid La Liga experience who is in the prime of his career,” said D.C. United General Manager Dave Kasper. “Christian is very good at getting forward to join the attack and providing quality service. This move helps solidify our backline moving into the new season."
FC DALLAS-BK HACKEN.FC Dallas opened its preseason campaign with a 3-0 win over Sweden's BK Hacken on goals by Fabian Castillo, Blas Perez and Ryan Hollingshead at their preseason camp in Abu Dhabi.
SPORTING KC-INDY ELEVEN. Defending champion Sporting Kansas City got goals from Claudio Bieler, C.J. Sapong andSal Zizzo to beat the NASL's Indy Eleven, 3-1. The match wrapped up Sporting KC's Tucson camp.
MLS PRESEASON, Friday Results
Feb. 7 in Abu Dhabi
FC Dallas 3 BK Hacken 0
Feb. 7in Tucson, Ariz.
Sporting KC 3 Indy Eleven 1
MLS PRESEASON, Weekend Schedule
Feb. 8 in Bradenton, Fla.
D.C. United vs. Chicago (MLSSoccer.com stream, 7 pm ET)
Feb. 8 in Carson, Calif.
LA Galaxy vs. FC Shirak
Feb. 8 in Irvine, Calif.
Real Salt Lake vs. UC Irvine
Feb. 8 in Tucson, Ariz.
Houston vs. San Jose (MLSSoccer.com stream, 5 pm ET)
Portland vs. Seattle (MLSSoccer.com stream, 8 pm ET)
Feb. 8 in Deltona, Fla.
Philadelphia vs. Univ. of North Florida
Feb. 9 in Tucson, Ariz.
Seattle vs. Vancouver(MLSSoccer.com stream, 1:30 pm ET)