Saturday, July 20, 2013

Brendan Burke, man whose name you should probably know

His actual titles, Philadelphia Union assistant coach and Reading United head coach, are just as clunky, especially in newsprint. Trust me.

That said, it's true. His coaching credentials have gone from this-pays-better-than-USL-ball-so-sure, to assistant coaching the Union, in seven years. He's 31 and has lost all of 11 regular season games with Reading United in that time.

I thought he was important enough to write this story about him.

Listing all the MLS players he's produced is rather tedious, but some of the more notables are below in no particular order.

Aaron Wheeler, Andrew Wenger, Ray Gaddis, Leo Fernandez, Greg Cochrane, Deshorn Brown, C.J. Sapong, Zarek Valentin and Corey Hertzog, Ryan Finley and Brian Span.

I'm sure I'm snubbing someone for which I'll feel like an idiot.

His game is quick, what I'll call downhill possession soccer, in that at least at the PDL level he has Reading break teams down in well-composed passing and combination play, but waste no time doing it.

Also, he has a pretty keen eye for talent from soccer's small schools. Dante Marini (Northeastern) and Mario Pinto (Lincoln Memorial) prove that pretty well in this year's group.

For your all's sake, just a name to keep an eye out there for.

Oh, and here's the hair.

- Jacob Klinger

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