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Jack McInerney’s Perfect Burn of Peter Nowak In Lengthy Profile of Union Star

Jul 26, 2013, 1:51 PM EDT

source:  Personally, I think it’s challenging for the casual soccer fans like myself in Philadelphia (partial Union season ticket holder going on two seasons) to get as vested in some of the Union players as we do in any of the four major teams. It’s not a knock on the sport per se, but more a byproduct of the nature of the MLS world being more transient and casual fans having no idea who three-quarters of these players are before they arrive to suit up for the U.

In other sports, even casual fans know something about Free Agent X or Top Draft Pick Y, etc. Then in baseball we have 162 games a year to fill some airtime with nuggets about each player. The NFL basically has entire news organizations devoted to keeping us informed. Soccer’s a different beast. And many of us don’t have the time or energy to bump it ahead of the four teams we grew up with our whole lives.

But Jack McInerney gives off the vibe of a guy worth getting to know if you’re a Philly sports fan. Dave Zeitlin’s long profile of Jack Mac for this week is worth a click and a read. The description Jack Mac’s mom gives of her son’s personality could describe Philadelphia’s favorite athlete, Chase Utley: intense, serious, introverted, competitive, and quiet.

Philly typically loves a guy who is all business.

It was his description of former Union manager Peter Nowak that stuck out from the profile:

In typical McInerney fashion, here’s how the striker succinctly sums up his relationship with Nowak: “It was really good at first. And then he just kind of went crazy.”

Pretty good burn. Honesty always makes them sting a little more.

Give the whole thing a read. Hopefully Jack Mac will stick around town for a while so we can continue to get to know him. And see a few more goals.

Maybe get some more furniture though.

>>The path and promise of Philadelphia Union star Jack McInerney [MLS]

  1. DOOPerman - Jul 26, 2013 at 5:23 PM

    I believe Jack Mac could be the real deal. His style of play can be molded into a great player one day and I see him getting a lot of USMNT duty. Me & my dad were season ticket holders up until this year (he got laid off). So it’s good seeing Nowak didn’t TOTALLY destroy this teams young up & coming talent. I actually just put a nice little investment into an autographed Jack McInerny signed official MLS ball from when he was in Portland with the USMNT for the Gold Cup. I paid 40 + shipping…if he pans out I think it’ll be well worth it…and if not I just have a brand new ball to play around with on the pitch. GO UNION & GO USMNT!

  2. Sandman - Jul 26, 2013 at 7:33 PM

    Jack is pretty good in the box.

  3. philsoc8 - Jul 26, 2013 at 8:27 PM

    Jack is not the strongest, fastest, biggest or most skillful player. But he’s crafty in a way that’s unusual in a young player, and has a tremendous work ethic. If you watch him in a game, he never stops moving – but it’s not in the frantic, all over the place mode of LeToux or Cruz. Rather, he’s always seeking seems, angles, second runs – so that either he draws defenders or is open for opportunities, and he’s doing it in the 90th minute like he did it in the 1st.

    It’s easy to see why Klinsmann likes him as he is trying to build a more dynamic, less predictable US team. However, you can also see why Jack’s athleticism might be viewed as insufficient for the international level.

    It’s going to be really interesting to see how Jack’s career plays out.

  4. 33 - Jul 27, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    reason #4,080 that Nowak was an awful tyrant: Jack didn’t even *dress* for a long stretch before Nowak was fired. Hackworth immediately inserted him into the lineup after taking over, and boom, Golden Boot candidate.

  5. DOOPerman - Jul 28, 2013 at 9:31 PM

    Jack Mac has been added to the All-Star roster due to injury to Cahill.


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