Union coach Jim Curtin says practice serves as escape for players

Ed Benkin
May 27, 2020 - 8:41 pm
Philadelphia Union midfielder Alejandro Bedoya (11) in action.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio)  As the Union go through their second week of social distancing in practice, coach Jim Curtin said even with the restrictions, the soccer field is serving as an escape from the pandemic.

“Once they get on the field, there’s a certain level of comfort that they have. They come to training and work really, really, hard. They don’t want to leave when it’s over for the hour that we get with them,” Curtin said. 

Curtin is also happy with what he has seen from his players as they deal with a different type of practice schedule.

“We’re looking for all those little positives now as we get excited and start to have the return to play in our sites. Individual training is different but at the same time, we’re making the most of it each and every day,” he said. 

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In Germany, fake crowd noise is being pumped into soccer fields, something Curtin said he didn’t mind hearing, and it could be a part of the return of soccer in the U.S.

“When I walked by the TV, I loved hearing the fans and the noise. Even though it’s artificial, I kind of preferred that because it just felt normal,” he said.

The team is following safety guidelines as individual workouts continue with the hopes the regular season can still be salvaged.​