Soccer Update: Union head coach Jim Curtin would “love” to take his talents to Europe someday
Union head coach Jim Curtin joined CBS Sports on Monday ahead of the 2021 MLS Playoffs. Naturally, the topic regarding Curtin’s future with the Union came up, and Curtin made one thing clear, he’d “love” to coach in Europe someday.
A decision of this caliber would be made after this year’s playoffs, but it shouldn’t surprise anyone that Curtin would like to spend some time in Europe. If anyone deserves a chance at this, Curtin should, given his very successful resume here with the Union. Last season, Curtin won the 2020 MLS Coach of the Year Award with a 14-4-5. It looks like Curtin won’t be leaving the Union anytime soon, but the idea is in the back of his mind. I would love to see Jim Curtin bring home the Union’s first-ever MLS Cup before moving on; hopefully, it happens this postseason.
Andre Blake named finalist for MLS Goalkeeper of the Year
In other news, On Monday, the MLS announced the finalist for the 2021 MLS Year-End Awards. These awards honor the best In other news, On Monday, the MLS announced the finalist for the 2021 MLS Year-End Awards. These awards honor the best players on and off the field during the regular season. Representing the Philadelphia Union on this list is none other than goalie Andre Blake. Blake is a finalist for the Allstate Goalkeeper of the Year Award. Blake has already won this award twice in his career, back in 2016 and 2020.
This season, Blake tied the club record for the most shutouts in a single season with 12. He also picked up his 500th career save and 50th career league shutout in the same year. Nashville SC goalkeeper Joe Willis and New England Revolution keeper Matt Turner are also finalists for this award.
Blake will have a key role in this playoff run, and it all starts on Saturday against the rival New York Red Bulls.
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