If you’re wondering where we’ve been for the past two days, we can honestly tell you – we’ve been here, waiting for news to convey.
Literally, Tuesday and Wednesday was a ghost town around Union HQ, with nothing really new to report. And since we aren’t in the business of reporting nonsense, random rumors or speculation coming from a third world country, we decided to wait until we had some real news to drop.
Today, we do. So here you go…
Just prior to lunch today, we announced the hiring of Jim Curtin as the newest Union assistant. Curtin, 33, was in the office today and was all smiles as the Oreland, Pa. native joins Rob Vartughian, Brendan Burke and Union boss John Hackworth on the sidelines. Additionally, Burke, 30, had his contract extended to remain an assistant and head developmental affiliate Reading United.
For those that don’t know, Curtin is sort of a local legend akin to Middletown’s Ben Olsen, who now runs the ship for D.C. United. An MLS All-Star defender who grew up playing youth ball on fields in Glenside and Council Rock and who went on to be a beast at Villanova, Curtin will be instrumental in the design and flow of the Union’s training sessions. In addition, Curtin told philadelphiaunion.com that he will also assist with scouting college talent as well.
Figure Curtin’s hand will be very instrumental on who the Union’s SuperDraft pick will be this year, as unless incentives are made to trade up won’t arrive until Round No. 2.
Speaking of drafts…
We are a week away from the Stage 1 eve of the MLS re-entry draft. This time next week, a list is scheduled to be released of the names that will be available courtesy of a decision by said players’ parent club to not exercise the options on their contract. No word yet on if or who the Union plan to dangle, but if memory serves correct, last year’s draft was only intriguing for one team – Los Angeles, who treated the draft like Christmas morning, snagging a plethora of MLSers.
Here’s a rewind for you: in 2011, the U hung Brazilian midfielder Fred and goalkeeper Chris Seitz on the line. Both were passed on. Today, Fred plays in Austraila’s A-League while Seitz just earned MLS Humanitarian of the Year honors after donating bone marrow midseason.
How time flies.
Registration is in full swing for the Philadelphia Union Summer Select program, and tryouts open next week at YSC Sports in Wayne. For more information or to register, click here … Today, we had this piece from Union play-by-play man JP Dellacamera on situations to consider heading into Saturday’s MLS Cup (4:30 p.m., ESPN, Telefutura). Tomorrow, Union writer Kevin Kinkead will provide his scouting report ahead of the match…lastly Union midfielder Amobi Okugo shows the beauty that is Freiburg in the middle of winter.
Majestic. See you tomorrow.
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