What They're Saying: Jim Curtin

"I am close with Rapha. I actually went to Basel and spent about 10 days there last offseason. I spent a lot of time with Rapha and saw how he worked. He is incredible with his players and the amount of players he produced and promoted from within the academy who would then get sold for 20 or 30 million Euros to big clubs in Europe -- he's a great talent developer. I spent a lot of time and a lot of meals with him and I saw him as a guy with a real interest in U.S. Soccer, in MLS in particular. He was even asking me: 'Jim, are there any USL jobs open?' And this is a guy who was in the Champions League and literally preparing for Man City when I was there."

-- Philadelphia Union head coach Jim Curtin, on new U.S. under-17 men's national team coach Raphael Wicky, the former Swiss international who played with Curtin at Chivas USA at the end of his career. Wicky coached FC Basel in 2017-18, taking it to the round of 16 of the UEFA Champions League. (American Soccer Now)
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