Jim Curtin was named head coach of the Philadelphia Union on Nov. 7, 2014 after taking over as interim team manager on June 10, 2014. Curtin quickly made his mark on the first team as interim manager, leading the Union to its first U.S. Open Cup final appearance in franchise history. Philadelphia lost to eventual Supporters’ Shield winners Seattle Sounders in extra time, 3-1.
Curtin joined the Union's first team on November 29, 2012, serving close to two years an assistant coach with the senior squad.
A native of Oreland, Pa., Curtin joined the Union staff at the academy ranks in June 2010 after joining YSC Sports in Wayne as the director of curriculum development. Additionally, Curtin was the Union’s Under-18 Academy head coach and was instrumental in the U-18s capturing the 2012 Generation Adidas Cup.
Curtin attended Villanova University, where he was named BIG EAST rookie of the year in 1997 and a three-time team MVP for the Wildcats. The All-American defender was a two-time first team All-BIG EAST selection in 1999 and 2000 and was the 2001 Philadelphia Soccer Seven Player of the Year. He became the first player from Villanova to be drafted into the MLS when he was selected by the Chicago Fire. The 2004 MLS All-Star played over two hundred games for the Fire as was named Chicago’s defender of the year in 2004 before finishing his final two seasons in the league with Chivas USA.
Curtin retired from the MLS in 2009 and moved back to Philadelphia with wife Jen his son Miles and his two daughters, Ryan and Avery.
Mike Sorber remains the only former U.S. international to have played for and coached the United States in a FIFA World Cup. He joined the Union with over 10 years of coaching experience and holds a USSF “A” Coaching License.
Sorber began his coaching career in 2001, working as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Saint Louis University. He joined the USMNT in 2007, where he worked under Bob Bradley. During his time on staff as an assistant coach with the U.S. National Team, he helped the squad capture the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup and knock off No. 1 Spain in the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup. Sorber also coached the 2010 USMNT FIFA World Cup squad that finished first in Group C and advanced to the Round of 16. The Missouri native spent two seasons with the Montreal Impact (2011-2013) before joining the Philadelphia Union.
From 1992-1998, Sorber played in 67 matches with the USMNT National Team. He also represented his country in the 1994 FIFA World Cup, starting in all four matches the Americans played.
Sorber began his professional career with UNAM Pumas in the Mexican Primera Division, where he played in 51 games during two seasons with the club. He also was named to the Mexican First Division All-League Team, becoming the first American player to achieve that honor.
Sorber joined Major League Soccer and was allocated to the Kansas City Wizards in 1996. During his five seasons MLS, he made over 170 League appearances with three different clubs (Kansas City Wizards, New York MetroStars and Chicago Fire), recording nine goals and 17 assists.
Technical Director/Assistant Coach
Chris Albright's role with the Union directly involves player management and movement in addition to player and coaching decisions. He also assists the Union in corporate business development areas and maintains a role as an ambassador for the club in youth development and community efforts throughout the region.
Albright joined the Union technical corps on Jan. 14, 2014 after an illustrious professional career that found him play for five MLS clubs and appear in 235 matches with career totals of 11 goals and 22 assists. The three-time MLS All-Star defender won MLS Cups with D.C. United in 1999 and with the Los Angeles Galaxy in 2002 and 2005. Albright also earned 22 caps with the U.S. Men’s National Team and was a member of the 2006 FIFA World Cup team in Germany.
A Philadelphia native, Albright ended his career where it began and now resides in suburban Philadelphia with his wife Leah, and his two children, Wyatt and Ava.
Head Athletic Trainer
Head Athletic Trainer Paul Rushing will enter his sixth season with Philadelphia Union in 2015 after spending five years as a certified athletic trainer for ATHLETICO, INC. Rushing was assigned to the U.S. U-17 Residency Program in Bradenton, Fla., where he previously worked with coach John Hackworth and a large number of Union players.
Prior to his work with the U-17’s, Rushing spent three years at the IMG/Bollettieri Sports Academies, where he worked with closely with both the men’s and women’s soccer programs. Certified in First Aid and CPR, he also served as a personal trainer, creating and monitoring customized diet and weight training programs.
A graduate of Western Illinois University Rushing served in the United States Navy as a Second Class Petty Officer and earned numerous service medals during his eight-year service.
Strength and Conditioning Coach
Kevin Miller began as a strength and conditioning coach in 2002. He worked with the Philadelphia Union during their inaugural season in 2010 on a part time basis. He then joined the club as a full time member of the technical staff in 2011.
Miller’s philosophy rests in the belief of consistency, confidence, hard work and having a plan for achieving goals. Miller also implements training technologies with the Union players such as Omegawave system that tests player’s heart rate variability and state of readiness before and after participation; Bioforce Heart Rate Variability and MiCoach Adidas.
A certified strength and conditioning specialist by NSCA, Miller also holds accreditations from USTAF (Level 1 Track & Field Coach), Erik Dalton (Myoskeletal Therapist Level 1) and education in Massage Therapy from Brandon Raynor School. He has also taken courses with Postural Restoration Institute and seminars in Functional Movement Screening.
An athlete himself, he has completed three Ironman Triathlons, ten marathons and a series of running and Xterra races.
Kevin is constantly educating himself and others. He has given several presentations on Health and Fitness to area companies, school districts and local organizations such as Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and the Pennsylvania State Troopers. His bi-weekly blog on the Union website "Goal Oriented" is also co-hosted by Philly.com Health
Kevin lives in Springfield with his wife Mary Jo and their three children Ryan, Connor and Kate.
Josh Gros knows what it takes to win a Major League Soccer Championship. A four-year starter for D.C. United, Gros helped lead the Black and Red to the 2004 MLS Cup in his first season. Heading into 2015, Gros will be in his sixth season as Team Coordinator, with his primary responsibilities involving many areas of team operations and administration.
Selected by D.C. United in the 2004 MLS SuperDraft, Gros was immediately inserted into the starting lineup, becoming the club’s first draft pick to log more than 2,000 minutes. Known for his tireless work ethic, the Rutgers graduate logged over 9,000 minutes in 110 games, resulting in nine goals and 14 assists. Gros earned a cap with the U.S. Men’s National Team in a 2-0 victory over archrival Mexico on February 7, 2007. An unfortunate series of concussions forced the 2006 MLS All-Star into early retirement at the end of the 2007 season.
Prior to returning to MLS, Gros spent 18 months working as a civil engineer for VIKA, Inc., in Virginia. He continued to stay involved in soccer, however, serving as an assistant coach with the Northern Virginia Royals of the USL Premier Development League.
Ford grew up at the Jersey Shore and Baltimore. Growing up, Ford played soccer, basketball and baseball. He graduated Mount St. Joseph High School in 2006 and helped start the Rugby club team. Additionally, he is an avid snowboarder and surfer. He graduated from Saint Joseph’s University in 2011 with a BS in Business Administration.
Throughout college Ford worked at Angelo’s Soccer Corner which led to becoming one of the Union’s original interns in his senior year. During the Union’s first three seasons Ford was the game day Visiting Team Manager overseeing the opponent’s needs from arrival to post-game departure. Ford became Assistant Equipment Manager in January 2013, and was promoted to the top job in May of the same year.
In the off-season Ford travels and has visited England, France, Netherlands, Italy, and Germany. He also enjoys local live music, is a keen moviegoer and is an ardent Arsenal supporter.