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Philadelphia Union name ex-Man Utd coach Meulensteen as consultant

Philadelphia Union announced Friday René Meulensteen has joined the club as a consultant.

Regarded as one of the top soccer coaches in the world, including spending 12 seasons with prestigious Manchester United, Meulensteen will advise Union ownership on all soccer operations.

"We are happy to announce we have engaged Rene Meulensteen's partner in sports practice to consult with us on many of our key decisions over the next several months, as we look to benefit from his exceptional history of success in both player development and first team performance during his decade of work at Manchester United," Union chairman/owner Jay Sugarman said. "René has hit the ground running and I know Nick, Jim, Tommy and our team of coaches as well as our academy staff will welcome René's insights and experience during this important period for the club as much as I do."

Prior to serving as manager for Fulham FC in the Barclays Premier League during the 2013-14 season, Meulensteen spent more than five seasons as first team coach of Manchester United under the tutelage of Sir Alex Ferguson. During that time, Manchester United captured four Barclays Premier League titles, a UEFA Champions League title and a FIFA Club World Cup title.

"I connected with Rene right from the start when a good friend introduced us five months ago. He has experience coaching and developing players at the highest level of soccer and we are thrilled to add his expertise to the Philadelphia Union," Union CEO and Operating Partner Nick Sakiewicz said. "We have been closely evaluating our technical structure in order to ensure our long-term overall success. René will be a valuable resource in our continued evolution of the technical operation. René's work at both the academy and first team levels is world class and we look forward to working with him on all aspects of our soccer operations."

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