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The Philadelphia Union will be selecting its first players in just two weeks when Major League Soccer holds the Expansion Draft and Union head coach Peter Nowak will have his lead assistant coach in place for the draft.
The Union will announce the hire of former U.S. national team assistant John Hackworth today, sources told SBI on Monday. Hackworth was in Chester, Pa. working with Nowak and fellow assistant Josh Gros as recently as last week.
Hackworth and Nowak worked as assistant coaches under U.S. head coach Bob Bradley and Hackworth is expected to play a key role in the establishment of Philadelphia's youth academy set-up, having been the head coach of the Under-17 national team.
The U.S. national team has yet to hire Hackworth's replacement, but former D.C. United head coach Tom Soehn and Chivas USA head coach Preki are two candidates to join Bradley's staff.
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