Jim Curtin

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Jim Curtin
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Personal information
Date of birth (1979-06-23) June 23, 1979 (age 37)
Place of birth Oreland, Pennsylvania, United States
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
1997–2000 Villanova Wildcats
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2008 Chicago Fire 151 (4)
2001 Milwaukee Rampage (loan) 3 (0)
2008–2009 Chivas USA 21 (1)
Total 175 (5)
Teams managed
2013–2014 Philadelphia Union (assistant)
2014– Philadelphia Union
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Jim Curtin (born June 23, 1979) is a retired American soccer player and currently the head coach for the Philadelphia Union. Curtin spent most of his playing career for the Chicago Fire.

Career[edit]

College[edit]

Born in Oreland, Pennsylvania,[citation needed] Curtin played college soccer at Villanova University. Curtin excelled at Villanova, being named the Big East Rookie of the Year his freshman year, and taking home first-team All-Big East selections his junior and senior seasons.

Professional[edit]

Following graduation, Curtin became the first Wildcat to be drafted by the MLS when he was selected by the Chicago Fire. Perceptions that Curtin was not athletic enough to play professionally, and the relative obscurity of Villanova, led to Curtin not being drafted until the third round of the 2001 MLS SuperDraft. He would go on to play in more than 200 games for the Fire, which included U.S. Open Cup championships in 2003 and 2006. He was a 2004 MLS All-Star and the March of Dimes/Comcast Athlete of the Year in 2005. In 2001, the Fire sent Curtin on loan to the Milwaukee Rampage in three early-season games and for the USL A-League playoffs. In his rookie year Curtin saw spot duty, starting 12 games and playing a total of 1194 minutes. In his second year, Curtin secured a starting spot on the team, started 22 games and played 2121 minutes. Curtin started every game for the Fire in 2003, playing alongside Carlos Bocanegra and helped the team's defense compensate for Bocanegra's loss in 2004. On January 22, 2008, he was traded to Chivas USA for a conditional pick in the 2010 MLS SuperDraft.[1] Curtin was waived by Chivas USA on January 26, 2010.[2]

Coaching career[edit]

On November 29, 2012, Curtin was named assistant coach for his hometown Philadelphia Union.[3]

On November 7, 2014, the Philadelphia Union announced that, after a successful season, Curtin would take the reins as the head coach[4]—removing the "interim" title he had held previously.

On April 23, 2016 with a win over rivals New York City FC, Curtin became the winningest coach in Union history.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Chivas USA trades for D Curtin". Yahoo Sports. Retrieved May 29, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Chivas USA Changes Date of Season Opener, Waives two". insidesocal.com. Retrieved May 29, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Jim Curtin signed as club's third assistant coach". Philadelphia Union. Retrieved May 29, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Report: Philadelphia Union remove interim tag from Jim Curtin's title following team's turnaround". MLSsoccer.com. Retrieved May 29, 2015. 

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