By Matt Leon

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – It has been a rebirth for the Philadelphia Union since John Hackworth took over the reigns on an interim basis from Peter Nowak.

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Philadelphia has played inspired soccer on his watch as team manager, they are 3-2 in MLS action under Hackworth and they also beat Harrisburg to advance to tonight’s U.S. Open Cup semifinal against Sporting KC.  Under Nowak they were just 2-7-2, although their first two wins in Open Cup play came on his watch.

Philadelphia had been winless in U.S. Open play until this run year.  With a win tonight, they would advance to the finals where they would play the Seattle/Chivas USA winner.

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KYW’s Matt Leon spoke with Kerith Gabriel, Union beat writer for the Philadelphia Daily News, about tonight’s match-up and what has triggered the improved Philadelphia play as of late.

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