The Union are on the doorstep of the MLS Cup Final, and other teams have eyes on their head coach.
FC Cincinnati fired its head coach, Jaap Stam, back in September. According to The Athletic, Cincy is eyeing Curtin to fill that vacancy.
The 42-year-old Curtin has deep roots in the Philadelphia area, he's in the middle of his team's deepest playoff run in franchise history, and he’s under contract through next season. Why in the world would another MLS team think they could entice Curtin to leave?
Curtin does have a connection in Cincinnati, however – their GM, Chris Albright, added back in October, played his final MLS season for the Union and was the team’s technical director from the 2014 season until moving on to his current position.
According to the report, FC Cincinnati has made at least one attempt to buy Curtin out of his contract, but there is no buyout clause in Curtin’s deal.
Albright told the media Tuesday that his team hopes to have a new head coach in place by the end of the calendar year, and that they have whittled their search down to a few finalists. Albright said he’s looking for “Someone that's been around winning cultures, winning teams in this league.” Curtin certainly qualifies.
There’s also the matter of Cincinnati finishing dead-last in MLS with just 20 points, eight points worse than the next-worst team, Toronto FC. It doesn’t make a ton of sense for Curtin to leave a team that has played as good as any team in the league over the last two season, to go a team that is just terrible.
Another factor is that the franchise isn’t very patient with its head coaches. They’ve existed for three seasons. They’ve hired – and fired – three head coaches. Doesn’t sound very appetizing, especially to a guy who happens to be the second longest-tenured head coach in the league.
It’s a long shot for Cincinnati to land Curtin, but hey, worth a shot, right?