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Union sign sporting director Ernst Tanner to extension

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Philadelphia Union sporting director Ernst Tanner agreed to a multi-year contract extension with the club on Monday.

Tanner has helped the Union in their ascent since assuming the role in October 2018.

Under his watch, Philadelphia set a club record for wins, points, goals and assists in 2019. The Union followed that up by going undefeated at home in 2020, replete with their first-ever Supporters’ Shield trophy for finishing with the best record in MLS.

“We knew when we hired Ernst we were getting a top-tier sporting director who could take our club to the next level. Thanks to his leadership and buy-in from coaches, players, and the entire staff at the Philadelphia Union, we have experienced continued progress and enjoyed the two best seasons in our history,” Union principal owner Jay Sugarman said in a club statement.

“Our core values are player development, a pressing, team-first, never-say-die style of play, and a commitment to innovation. Ernst has helped us turn those values into a winning formula that we believe can be a platform for long-term success.”

Prior to coming to Philadelphia, Tanner spent 24 years with three European clubs: TSV1860 Munich, TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and Red Bull Salzburg.

–Field Level Media

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