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Philly's current longest-tenured coach is staying even longer

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The defending MLS Coach of the Year will have more time in Philadelphia to add to his trophy cabinet.

The Union on Tuesday announced a two-year contract extension for head coach Jim Curtin through the 2023 season. He is currently in his eighth year on the sidelines for the Union, making him the longest-tenured head coach/manager in Philadelphia, and second longest in MLS, behind only Peter Vermes of Sporting KC.

“Jim has undoubtedly proved himself to be one of the best coaches in the league,” Union sporting director Ernst Tanner said in a release by the team. “He has led this team to new heights year after year.”

Curtin, who played eight MLS seasons with the Chicago Fire, last year led the Union to the Supporters’ Shield, given to the team with the best record in MLS. They were a perfect 9-0-0 at Subaru Park.

He also led the team to its first-ever CONCACAF Champions League appearance in which they have advanced to the semifinals. They will play Mexican titans Club America in August.

The Oreland, Pennsylvania, native is the club’s all-time leader in total wins, regular-season wins, playoff wins and games coached.