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Interim Union coach Curtin bolsters case for permanent job

Philadelphia is surging towards a playoff spot, and the man at the helm is making a good case for staying in charge next season.

With a 1-0 win over Toronto FC - their second straight - the Philadelphia Union moved closer to the playoffs and bolstered interim head coach Jim Curtin's case for keeping the job on a permanent basis.

The Union had amassed just 15 points in 16 games when former boss John Hackworth was axed on June 10. Under Curtin's direction, Philly has collected 18 points in the 10 league games since. In the Open Cup, Curtin has overseen four victories to bring the team to its first-ever final.

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The improvement has not been lost on Curtin.

"Our guys and my staff have done a great job putting together a good record," said the 35-year-old former Chicago Fire defender. "I believe it's 9-2-3 now. We’re happy with that. There’s confidence in the group."

By mentioning the team's record with him in charge, Curtin essentially handed out his resume during his press conference.

And while the Union has been linked with big European names after going domestic for its first two head coaches - World Cup winner Fabio Cannavaro and former Fulham boss Rene Muelenseen have both been linked with the PPL Park vacancy - every positive result adds fuel to the Jim Curtin train.