Earnie Stewart- Sporting Director
As Sporting Director, Stewart will oversee and guide all Union technical and soccer-related decisions working closely with the Union First Team, USL team and Youth Academy. This technical leadership role is one the former U.S. National team and three time World Cup veteran knows well from his current role as Director of Football Affairs at AZ Alkmaar, a club he has guided to Europa League qualification the last six consecutive seasons.
Under Stewart’s technical guidance AZ has developed a reputation for its innovation, player recruitment, and player development methodology. In 2015, AZ Alkmaar was honored with the Rinus Michels Award for having the best youth academy in Dutch football. Stewart was a staple for the U.S. Men’s National Team throughout the 1990’s and early 2000’s, registering 101 caps for the team from 1990 until he retired in 2005. He was a regular starter for USA in the 1994, 1998 and 2002 World Cups and his 111 goals as a professional in the Netherlands make him the highest-scoring American in international club play. Stewart also played in MLS during the 2003 and 2004 seasons and was a member of the D.C. United team that won the MLS Cup in 2004.
Jim Curtin- Head Coach
Curtin joined the Union's first team on Nov. 29, 2012, serving close to two years an assistant coach with the senior squad before being named head coach in November 2014.
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 selected by the Chicago Fire in 2001.
The 2004 MLS All-Star played more than 150 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 in 2008 and 2009.
Curtin retired from MLS in 2009 and moved back to Philadelphia with his wife Jen, son Miles and his two daughters, Ryan and Avery.
The Philadelphia Union name Curtin as the head coach on Nov. 7, 2014 after he took 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 in franchise history. Philadelphia lost to eventual Supporters’ Shield winners Seattle Sounders in extra time, 3-1, in the 2014 championship.
In 2015, Curtin led the Union to the U.S. Open Cup Finals for the second consecutive year where they faced Sporting Kansas City in PPL Park on Sept. 30. After 90 minutes of regular time and thirty minutes of extra time, the Union fell to Sporting KC in the eighth round of penalty kicks.
Mike Sorber- Assistant Coach
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 in 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.
Chris Albright- 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.
B.J. Callaghan- Assistant Coach
Paul Rushing - Head Athletic Trainer
Rushing is entering his seventh year as Head Athletic Trainer for the Philadelphia Union. Prior to that, Paul was the Head ATC for the Men’s U-17 US Soccer Residency Program in Bradenton, Fla., where he served from 2005 to 2010. Prior to working with the Residency Program, he worked at IMG Soccer Academy from 2002 to 2005. From 2001 to 2002 he was employed by St Anthony’s Hospital as a staff athletic trainer.
Paul received his Bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training from Western Illinois University in 2001. Prior to college, Paul was enlisted in the United States Navy from 1989 to 1997, serving in Operation Desert Storm, and earning several service medals and awards during that time.
Paul currently resides in West Grove, Pa. with his wife Kristen. Paul has 2 daughters, Stephanie and Emily.
Kevin Miller- 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- Team Coordinator
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 Gaitley- Equipment Director
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.
Steve Hudyma- Assitant Athletic Trainer
Brandon Comisky- Equipment Coordinator
Steve Mathews- Team Chiropractor
David Webner-Team Doctor- Sports Medicine
Chip Hummer-Team Doctor- Orthopedic
Jim McGlynn- Team Doctor- Orthopedic