US assistant Nowak joins Philadelphia Union

PHILADELPHIA - US national team assistant coach Peter Nowak has been appointed head coach of the Philadelphia Union, who will join Major League Soccer as an expansion team next season. Nowak will be unveiled at a press conference on Thursday, the Union said in a statement. The Pole could have been heading to the World Cup next year, as assistant to US head coach Bob Bradley, but the Union said he had left that role to take up the job in Philadelphia with immediate effect. Nowak moved to the States in 1998 to join Chicago Fire as a player after spending his career in Poland, Turkey, Switzerland and Germany. The midfielder had a spell as coach of D.C United before working as head coach of the US U23 team. The Union will become the 16th team in Major League Soccer when they join for the 2010 season.