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The Union announce update on Sporting Director search

The club’s months-long search is nearly complete.

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The Philadelphia Union have found their new Sporting Director, the club announced in a statement today.

“We have identified and agreed to terms with our chosen candidate and are in the process of finalizing a contract with that candidate,” said the club about the candidate, whose identity isn’t public at this point. “When that process is complete, the club looks forward to making an announcement.”

Former Sporting Director Earnie Stewart was named General Manager of the US Men’s National Team in early June. In the two months that have passed since that announcement, the Union have not made a single roster move. While the search was presumably on for Stewart’s replacement, the notoriously tight-lipped club was pretty quiet about the process prior to today.

Jonathan Tannenwald, as he is prone to do, seemingly got the jump on things late last night. Here’s the link to the tweet, but this is some pretty pleasing news for Union fans.

Hopefully a sporting director with a fresh set of eyes and a new vision that doesn’t have to focus as much on establishing a youth pipeline can focus more on giving the club its first real chance at succeeding where it is most visible: at the top.