One of the longest-tenured MLS head coaches isn’t going anywhere at the conclusion of the 2023 league season.
Jim Curtin has signed a new, multi-year contract extension with the Philadelphia Union on Tuesday, the club announced. A two-time MLS Sigi Schmid Coach of the Year winner, Curtin’s will now be under contract with the Union through 2026.
Currently in his 10th season as head coach, Curtin is the second longest-tenured coach in Major League Soccer behind Sporting Kansas City’s Peter Vermes. A Pennsylvania native, Curtin guided the Union to a first-ever MLS Cup finals appearance in 2022 before falling to Los Angeles FC at Banc of California Stadium.
The Union set numerous single-season records in 2022 under Curtin’s tutelage including most wins (19), most goals scored (72), fewest goals conceded (26), and greatest goal differential (46). With a 12-5-0 record, the Union were the only team to remain unbeaten at home in 2022 and produced the second-best defensive season in MLS history with 0.76 goals conceded per game.
“Jim is one of the top coaches in the league and we’re thrilled to have come to an agreement to extend his leadership with the Union,” said Philadelphia Union Principal Owner, Jay Sugarman. “We have set high goals for the club in the coming years and Jim is an essential part of achieving those goals. As we build towards the 2026 World Cup here in Philadelphia, Jim’s leadership is critical to the team’s success and I look forward to watching our players and this team continue to hit new milestones under his direction.”
Curtin has also led the Union to three U.S. Open Cup Finals appearances, as well as the Concacaf Champions League semifinals on two occasions. The Union have also reached the MLS Cup Playoffs in each of the last five years.
“Jim continues to bring this team to new heights year after year, proving himself to be one of the most successful coaches in the league as a two-time Coach of the Year,” said Union Sporting Director Ernst Tanner. “His commitment and passion for winning, developing our young players, and steadfast loyalty to this club and city speak volumes to who he is as a coach and as a person. His continued leadership will prove to be crucial to our club strategy going forward.”
Curtin had been linked with the the U.S. men’s national team head coaching vacancy earlier this year, but will remain in Chester for the immediate future.
The Union are currently sixth in the Eastern Conference so far in 2023, registering a 7-2-1 at Subaru Park compared to a 3-2-6 away record.