OK Philly, bring it. I know, I know. I’ve heard it all. #FireCurtin, #ClosetheCurtin,,,blah blah blah. But I am here to tell you, he is our coach. A Philadelphia Coach. Let’s follow his upbringing. Coach was born and grew up in Oreland Pa, and attended Bishop McDevitt High, so he is a Philly boy. And he grew up watching Buddy Ryan coach our beloved Eagles to a .500 record over 5 years. and watched Larry brown coach our Sixers over 6 years ending up at just over .500. So what has Jim done in his time as a head coach of our Beloved Philadelphia Union? Since he has been coach, he has led us to just under .500 win record, and 2 US Open Cup Finals with a team that has seen more turmoil/trades/injuries than any other in Philadelphia during the last 3 years. I know, The Eagles lost Carson Wentz, but were still able to win the Super Bowl. But all experts had the Eagles done after Wentz went down. Here’s a list of our losses, be it injury, being homesick, or contract not being picked up. Which I believe that coach has little input. He has some, but the people above him are making those decisions.
In the last 3 years, we have said goodbye to Amobi Okugo, Leo Fernandes, Carlos Valdes, Danny Cruz, Cristian Maidana, Nogs, Barnetta, Gooch, Edu–Although he never really played, Chris Pontius, Aristeguieta, and Wijnaldum. These are just a few of the players we have lost in the ever changing roster. Having coached for years, I feel for Coach. Its hard to win at chess when the pieces are continuously changing. But what you won’t hear from coach is blame. He will not point to the fact that he is not the one controlling the players and rosters. It is a business. For those of you who think he controls who comes and plays here, you’re wrong. I’m sure he has some input, but the final decision comes from someone else. So if you are still blaming Coach Curtin for not bring Zlatan here, you need to stop. As any coach, you would love to have the top 11 players in the world on the pitch, but it is not going to happen. But this is where Jim is doing well. He knows the Academy players, and his vision of the future of soccer is there and starting to show up with players like Auston Trusty and Matt Real just to mention a couple.
He is also 1 of 30 people to hold the US Soccer Pro coaching license. You know who else owns one? Jill Ellis. The greatest USWNT coach in history. Thats pretty impressive. In an article about the top 10 coahes under forty published by Topdrawersoccer.com;
4. Jim Curtin, Philadelphia Union
Head coaching record: Philadelphia Union (2014-present)
By all accounts, Jim Curtin is one of the good guys in American coaching, and while it isn’t saying much considering the club’s shallow history, he’s also the winningest coach in Union history. Curtin’s struggled somewhat to get his team’s tactical array in a discernible shape over the long haul, but like Ben Olsen, he’s been more or less left at the grocery store with five dollars and told to find ingredients for a gourmet dinner. At times the Union have shown real verve, and Curtin’s tactical acumen seems to grow by the year. And the relatively recent arrival of GM Earnie Stewart, who cares about things like academies and smart signings, has changed the trajectory somewhat. It’d be interesting to see what Curtin could do with more resources, because he can coach. The question is merely whether he’s given that opportunity.
That’s right, number 4. And these people are a lot smarter than me.
But Jim is a great guy off the field too. The kind of guy that would give you the shirt off his back. He knows my family from meeting them down at the field, and always makes them feel welcome. But he is also very generous. I have been asked by local schools/associations to see if we could get donations from the Union, and The fan services are great. But Jim always want to donate. And the stuff he has giving me for these fundraisers have been phenomenal.
So we need Jim at The Philadelphia Union. No question. Maybe if Earnie get the US General Manager job, Jim will jump in to the sporting director job. His vision is there. But as said before, he’s being sent to the store with 5 dollars and told to buy a gourmet dinner. The problem is, when he finds the ingredients, someone steals his cart. I believe in you Jim, and so do a lot of the fans. But this is Philly and we doubt everyone. Thanks for all you do on and off the field. Lets get this cup!!