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April 1, 2010 at 3:55 PM

Peter Nowak blames turf and Ljungberg’s age for injury

I linked to this story in The Delaware County Daily Times this morning in my Twitter account. Philadelphia coach Peter Nowak hasn’t backed off his postgame statements calling Freddie Ljungberg a diver.
In fact, he went further:

“If you have a problem with (your) back,” Nowak said, “it’s probably because you’re an old man and playing on turf. …Sorry to say.”

He also made it clear that his team isn’t going to back off its physical approach. The Union has a bye week this weekend, but hosts D.C. United next Saturday.
Here’s the challenge to the league:

“If you want to avoid contact, I would suggest badminton or curling or chess maybe,” Nowak said from the Healthplex. “That’s how we play the game. This is a man’s game. If you want to compete, let’s compete.
“That’s who we’re going to be. If the other team doesn’t like the way we play, get used to it because we’re going to play every single game like that — regardless of the cards, regardless of the suspension. Get used to it.
“That’s how we’re going to play every single game, starting March 25 and finishing Oct. 22, or Nov. 22, I hope, when we play MLS Cup. That’s how we’re going to be. We will not change and back off any from the way we play a bit. That’s what the public needs to know and the other team, as well.”

Sounders FC fans think Nowak has lost the plot. Others around the country think he’s on point. One thing’s for sure, it has certainly provided an interesting storyline to the start of the 15th season of Major League Soccer…

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