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Wilson leaves Rangers to head academy program
March 14th, 2013 6:49PM

TAGS:  philadelphia union, scotland


[PHILADELPHIA UNION] Tommy Wilson, the academy technical director and reserve team coach at Scottish club Rangers, has joined the Philadelphia Union as its academy director.
Wilson’s duties will include overseeing, directing and developing the Union's youth development program in elements of curriculum, programing and coaching. Additionally, he will work with the Philadelphia Union first team and reserve team to ensure authentic continuity exists from youth levels through first team in style of play, culture and teaching.

Wilson was previously the head coach for Scotland's U-19 and U-20 national teams.
"I am very pleased and indeed honored to be offered this opportunity," he said in a statement. "I have had seven great years at Rangers FC, but the offer to join Philadelphia Union to develop a world-class youth development program was an opportunity that was too good to turn down."

  1. Jogo Bonito
    commented on: March 16, 2013 at 6:57 a.m.
    That's good. Because Scottish soccer has proven to best be, not only the most attractive brand of soccer in the world, It's record of success is unquestioned. It's no wonder that the Union has reached to this great soccer nation and plucked one it's most gifted to lead their youth and set a standard of excellence that will build a style of play that will make the Union the premier MLS franchise that all others will aspire to. But the Union are not first to realize this. After the stunning success of Steve Nichol in New England and Mo Johnston in New York and Toronto the Red Bulls had put their trust in the great Andy Roxbourgh. A man with that has produced an unparalleled record of worldwide soccer supremacy. The northeast of the MLS is clearly going in the right direction by looking towards the unrivaled soccer power that is Scotland and its crowned jewel: Glasgow Rangers. Let's hope the Union reach the heights of not only Scotland's global soccer impact, but the far-reaching, ultra-successful club super power that is Glasgow Rangers.
  1. James Froehlich
    commented on: March 16, 2013 at 2:02 p.m.
    Well said, JB!!!! Exactly what morons are making these decisions? Apparently they have been unable to find anybody who speaks English in the Netherlands, Germany, Italy, France, or god forbid, Spain or South America. With idiots like this making MLS decisions, it is an absolute miracle that MLS has lasted this long. I really think that the success of MLS is purely the result of US fans wanting a home-grown product so badly that they are willing to put up with these managerial idiots -- at least for now !!!!

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