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Countdown to 2018 Home Opener: Head Coach Jim Curtin

At just 38-years-old, Philadelphia Union Head Coach Jim Curtin is the second youngest coach in Major League Soccer.

Curtin, a longtime MLS defender himself, retired at the age of 30 from his playing career in 2009. Five years later in the summer of 2014, he accepted the position as the Union's head coach and will enter his fifth season with the club this year.

Despite being one of the youngest to coach an MLS team, Curtin has several accomplishments under his belt. He's the first head coach in Union history to record double-digit wins in three consecutive seasons.

He's also earned a 10-4-3 record at home in 2017, with a winning percentage of .676. That home win total is the most by any coach in club history and his percentage is tied for the highest in club history for a season.

At Talen Energy Stadium under Curtin, the Union owns a record of 27-6-9 when scoring the first goal of the match.

Curtin has won 30 matches at home as head coach, more than doubling the previous home win total by the previous leader.

Fans can come out and see the Boys in Blue take on New England Revolution in the team's home opener, presented by Oliver Heating and Cooling, on March 3. Tickets for the match can be found here.

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