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Gabriel: Sakiewicz Searching For “Big Time Forwards.”

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Kerith Gabriel noted in his newly minted column, The Union Daily, that staff at PhiladelphiaUnion.com has overheard CEO and operating partner stating that the team will seek "big time forwards" this offseason.

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With the playoffs out of reach, the Philadelphia Union's front office focus has drastically changed. Last year it was still looking toward winning the Major League Soccer Cup, but this season the front office has already shifted to finding solutions for next year.

Nick Sakiewicz, Union CEO and managing partner, was overheard by members of the PhiladelphiaUnion.com staff, according to Digital Media Manager Kerith Gabriel, discussing the club's offseason acquisition focus.

Speaking of forwards, while I can't provide specifics (in part because I don't have them yet), I can say the following. After speaking with both Hackworth and CEO & operating partner Nick Sakiewicz, the hunt is on for "big time forwards."

Despite acquiring Josue Martinez, from Deportivo Saprissa, Chandler Hoffman, first round SuperDraft pick, Jorge Perlaza, received in exchange for Danny Mwanga from the Portland Timbers and Lionard Pajoy, from Itagüí Ditaires, this offseason, the Union have suffered from an inability to score since the beginning of the 2012 MLS Season.

Pundits and fans alike have pointed to the lack of a seasoned finisher and a tall, powerful striker as major reasons for why the team has had trouble converting opportunities.