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Philadelphia Union confirm Jim Curtin will return as manager in 2018

Sporting director Earnie Stewart confirmed the return of Jim Curtin as Philadelphia Union manager for the 2018 season, but the team declined its option on former United States midfielder Maurice Edu.

Curtin, 38, led the Union to the playoffs in the 2016 season, but this year's campaign did not go so well. After going winless in its first eight matches, Curtin got the Union back on track and had an outside shot of reaching the postseason before finishing eighth in the Eastern Conference.


Union acquire Maurice Edu

Maurice Edu is following Michael Bradley and Clint Dempsey back to Major League Soccer.

The Philadelphia Union said Monday they had acquired the 27-year-old American midfielder from Stoke of England's Premier League and have an option to purchase his rights.

A source has told's Jeff Carlisle that Edu would make in the "mid six figures," a considerable reduction from the $1.5 million that Edu's representatives were initially seeking. That hefty demand had at one point threatened...