In 2016 the Philadelphia Union drastically made a big change in the organization, by hiring Earnie Stewart as their new Sporting Director. It was a very crucial change that was needed if the organization had any desire to make bigger strides going forward.
Most people don’t really know, of Earnie Stewart, but he’s been in soccer for a long time. He first started playing when he was 17, and finished 3rd in scoring on his team in the Dutch first division. He became a regular starter for the U.S. Men’s National team in 1994, which he started in all 4 games at the World Cup, scoring a goal against Colombia, giving the U.S. team its winning margin in group play. Which also gave the U.S. their first win in a World Cup win since 1950. He is one, of five players in U.S. history to play in three World Cups. In January, of 2003, he left playing in the Netherlands, and came to the MLS where he signed for D.C. United, and won a championship in only his second year here in the states. He retired in 2005 from professional soccer, and went back to his old club, VVV-Venlo, where he became their sporting director.
In May of 2006 Earnie, was named the technical director, of NAC Brenda, of the Dutch Eredivisie. In October of 2015, he was formally named, by the Union, that Stewart would take on the role of Sporting Director.
Since Earnie took over, you can see from a club’s stand point that he has an idea, of how he wants the club ran. Coming from a fan’s point of view, I want someone who is going to take the club to the next level. Someone who is going to bring in big named player, expand the club, make new partnerships. In his first season, as director, Earnie proved that he is ready to take on any tasks/issues with the club. He has stood by coach Jim Curtin, he has brought in a good draft class, from the last 2 years, especially our right back Keegan Rosenberry, who most people see as the future right back of the U.S. Men’s National Team. He took a gamble on signing Chris Pontius, who was an injury prone player, who won comeback player of the year last year. He brought over a current U.S. Men’s National Team player, in Alejandro Bedoya. Earnie wants to win, he wants to bring championships to the city of Philadelphia. We deserve it. We are a city that needs to win.