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Philadelphia Union, goalkeeping coach Paulo Grilo part ways

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The Philadelphia Union announced today that the club had parted ways with goalkeeping coach Paulo Grilo. The Portuguese coach came to the Union last year from Bulgarian side CSKA Sofia when his pupil Rais M'Bolhi was acquired by the Union. The two shared "a strong connection" and even though Grilo by all accounts had a good rapport with the other Union goalkeepers, he and M'Bolhi shared a bond, according to this interview by CBS3's Kevin Kinkead back in January.

While there was speculation that he wouldn't stick around after M'Bolhi was transferred to Antalyaspor of the Turkish Super Lig, Grilo much to his credit stayed in Philadelphia and finished the season. Jim Curtin released the following statement:

"We thank Paulo for his service and dedication to our club over the last year, but we felt this was the appropriate time to go in a different direction."We wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors." - Jim Curtin, per a p

ress release form the Philadelphia Union

It is unclear who - if anyone - will replace Grilo at the moment. Prior to Grilo, Union Academy coach B.J. Callaghan was the interim goalkeeping coach.