Curtain: MLS "Felt An Obligation" To Bring Sports Back

Philadelphia Union head coach Jim Curtain discusses the MLS is Back Tournament, which is down to four teams

The DA Show
August 04, 2020 - 1:11 pm

The MLS is Back Tournament is down to four teams. The Philadelphia Union will face the Portland Timbers on Aug. 5, and Orlando City SC will face Minnesota United FC on Aug. 6, with the winner of each match to meet in the championship on Aug. 11.

It’s been a wild and crazy couple of weeks for MLS, as the tournament has been a welcome sight for sports-starved eyes.

“I think it was two-fold,” Philadelphia Union head coach Jim Curtain said on The DA Show. “I think the players and the coaches, everybody felt an obligation to get sports back because let’s be honest: this is a sports-crazed country. It gives people a little bit of release during such a tough time. I think that was very important. I think the things our players did for the Black Lives Matter movement was powerful and impressive, too. You’ve seen the NBA do some things now as well.”

Philadelphia went 2-0-1 in group play before advancing to the knockout stage. The Union beat New England, 1-0, in the Round of 16 on July 25, and Sporting KC, 3-1, in the quarterfinals on July 30. 

“I think it was a really special time for the league,” Curtain said of the tournament. “We’ll look back on it and say, ‘Man, that was unique. Remember those 30 days at Disney World where there weren’t kids or Mickey Mouse down there. It was just us in a hotel and it felt weird and strange but we made the most of it. I think it’s been a really amazing production for MLS and the growth of soccer in this country.”