News that is just breaking out of Philadelphia is the firing of manager John Hackworth, and the appointment of Jim Curtin as interim coach.
Hackworth accumulated a record of 23-30-20 during his time as Union manager, which ran from June 2012. Last year Hackworth led the team to a franchise high 12 wins, although they missed the playoffs. In a press release club CEO Nick Sakiewicz stated “”We are a very ambitious club and although we are just in our fifth season we expect to win and be in the top-tier of MLS,” Sakiewicz also stated the club will begin a “serious global search for a team manager.”
Jim Curtin, the former Chicago Fire all-star, will take over manager duties. Curtin, 34, was appointed as an assistant to the first team in November of 2012, and will face his first match as manager on June 17 against Harrisburg City Islanders in an Open Cup draw.
The Philadelphia Union currently sit in 8th place in the Eastern Conference, with 15 points through 16 games. This could be the spark needed to push into contention in the East.