[MLS 2014 COUNTDOWN]
The Philadelphia Union added former U.S. national team player and assistant coach Mike Sorber
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
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
, 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
at right back and Bobby Boswell
and 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
. “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
and Ryan Hollingshead
at their preseason camp in Abu Dhabi.SPORTING
Defending champion Sporting Kansas City got goals from Claudio Bieler
, C.J. Sapong
and Sal 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
FC Dallas 3 BK Hacken 0 Feb. 7 in 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,
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)
Seattle (MLSSoccer.com stream
, 8 pm ET) Feb. 8 in Deltona, Fla.
Philadelphia vs. Univ. of North
----------------------------------- Feb. 9 in Tucson, Ariz.
Seattle vs. Vancouver
, 1:30 pm ET)