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Philadelphia Union to announce new sporting director Ernst Tanner on Thursday

The Philadelphia Union will introduce new sporting director Ernst Tanner on Thursday, multiple sources told ProSoccerUSA. 

The club hired Tanner to replace Earnie Stewart, who started as general manager of the U.S. Men’s National Team on August 1, as first reported by The Athletic.

A spokesman for the Union declined to comment and no contract specifics have been released at the moment. 

Tanner joins the Union from Red Bull Salzburg in the Austrian Bundesliga, a club which won the the league title a year ago and qualified for the third round of the UEFA Champions League. 

The Union’s new sporting director was in charge of the academy and youth development at Red Bull Salzburg, a sister club of Major League Soccer’s New York Red Bulls. 

At Salzburg, the core of the squad is mostly 25 or younger, including the teams fielded for the first two games of the Austrian Bundesliga season, which began two weeks ago. 

Before moving to Salzburg, Tanner held a variety of roles with German club Hoffenheim, including academy director and director of football. 

Before Thursday’s announcement, the Union take on the Chicago Fire in the U.S. Open Cup semifinals, with a third trip to the final in five years on the line. 

In league play, the Union sit in seventh place in the Eastern Conference ahead of a crucial clash Saturday with the New England Revolution, which is the first of two meetings with the Revs in a three-week span. 

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

 

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