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Gros to Philly

We told you early in the week that this was in the works, and now it's official: Former D.C. United midfielder Josh Gros has been hired by 2010 expansion club Philadelphia Union as its team coordinator. Gros, 26, was forced to retire because of head injuries and worked at a civil engineering firm while also serving as an assistant coach with the PDL Northern Virginia Royals. He will be reunited with Union Coach Peter Nowak, who oversaw Gros's development at DCU and called on Gros to assist with the USA under-23 national team.

"His thorough understanding of Peter's philosophies and expectations will be invaluable, enabling him to help assess talent and serve as a liaison between Peter, our players and our front office," Union CEO Nick Sakiewicz said.

Read more about Gros's move to Philadelphia Union.

By Steve Goff  |  June 11, 2009; 5:36 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. United , MLS  
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Good for Josh. We need guys like him to grow American soccer.

Posted by: fischy | June 11, 2009 5:57 PM | Report abuse

Good luck, Josh (when you're not in DC). Always loved your grit & hustle.

Posted by: KireDCU | June 11, 2009 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Little bit of a dagger in the heart for DCU fans, but I'm happy that Josh is probably getting into something a little bit funner than sitting in an office most of the day.

Good for him.
Aside from moving some dirt around up there in Chester, have they really started to build that stadium yet?

Posted by: DadRyan | June 11, 2009 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Great for Josh, although would rather have him at DCU of course. Loved the hustle on the field.

Yeah what's the deal with the Chester stadium - will it be ready for First Kick 2010 or will it get delayed like KC?

Posted by: Pedalada | June 11, 2009 6:05 PM | Report abuse

Make him the fitness coach and supervisory engineer on the stadium. If players or construction workers get out of line, he'' unleash his inner Marine on them.

Good luck Josh.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | June 11, 2009 6:08 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: joedoc1 | June 11, 2009 6:12 PM | Report abuse

OT: Even though tipoff of Game 4 of the NBA finals is just 2 hours away, the Ronaldo transfer is still the first item on "The Lead" on the bottom line on Sportscenter.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | June 11, 2009 6:25 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: OWNTF | June 11, 2009 6:36 PM | Report abuse

It's an interesting comment that two of the standout WPS players said that they had to ratchet up their games. How many more turns of the wrench do they have in them?

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | June 11, 2009 6:48 PM | Report abuse

There's a 3 minute highlight film of Bompastor on the WPS site. See. Believe.

Posted by: OWNTF | June 11, 2009 6:52 PM | Report abuse

DC United drawn with Chalatenango of El Salvador for the prelim round of the CCL. Winner lumped into group that includes Toluca and Marathon along with another prelim winner.
Also, Canada's winner plays PR Islanders and the Pink Cows get W Connection of T & T.

Posted by: mjhoya12 | June 11, 2009 6:56 PM | Report abuse

Good for Gros. He gets to go (somewhat) closer to home, and he stays involved in the game. It's going to be hard to see him and Nowak with other badges on their shirt, but such is life. I wish them both well aside from their matches against us.

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | June 11, 2009 8:59 PM | Report abuse

This is great. It will be nice to see both Gros and Nowak just up the road in Philly. PU is setting up nicely to be my back-up club if the stadium deals come to an end an Garber holds true on his threat to move DCU.

Posted by: tkelley55 | June 11, 2009 9:13 PM | Report abuse

I concur with the encouragement for Gros, as we have missed him dearly, and he always gave everything he could physically part with. However, his concussions forced him out of the uniform, and I'm glad he's back.

However, the Union are in for a rough surprise, when they realize their coach worked a Winning team to exhaustion, and non-team players will be forced to run with Gros until they beg for forgiveness.

They'll be fit. Let's just put it that way.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | June 11, 2009 9:19 PM | Report abuse

Philadelphia Union = PU. Man, I can't wait to hear what songs the SE's & Barra Brava come up with for them.

Again, all the best to Josh, he'll always be a great guy in my book.

Posted by: KireDCU | June 11, 2009 9:39 PM | Report abuse

This lame! Great to see Josh working in soccer, don't get me wrong. Love that guy's commitment to the game, but man, we all don't want him working for who could be our most hated rival! It's like when Damon joined the Yankees (for us Red Sox fans). Still, it is really hard to begrudge a guy taking his passion for the game to the next level. Good luck Josh, sorry your team is going to lose to DCU.

Posted by: bstanton20 | June 11, 2009 10:38 PM | Report abuse

It'll take a while to build up animosity for Philly. Then again, familiarity breeds contempt.

I'm glad Gros has found a way to continue being involved in soccer after all those concussions forced him off the field way too early. He should keep wearing a cast on his wrist, though. That way we can still recognize him from a distance.

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | June 11, 2009 10:50 PM | Report abuse

Anybody see the photos of Paris Hilton and Ronaldo? How about the video of their Rendezvous after the club?
Sorry dudes, gotta post the link.

Posted by: DadRyan | June 11, 2009 11:37 PM | Report abuse

mjhoya12: Dang. I wanted W Connection. The Metrodonkeys got a favorable draw there.

Posted by: christopher_a_metzler | June 11, 2009 11:40 PM | Report abuse

Dadryan, turn off TMZ. Do it for the blog.

Posted by: delantero | June 12, 2009 12:13 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: AaronB1790 | June 12, 2009 12:14 AM | Report abuse

@delantero: I did, but I just knew he'd be up on there tonight... someone was asking what he was doing in LA on his way to MIAMI. Obviously taking a tour of Paris...

Posted by: DadRyan | June 12, 2009 12:34 AM | Report abuse

Good for him. I know Josh Gros will be a great team coordinator for Philadelphia Union along with coach Nowak. I love my new
soccer jerseys

Posted by: CustomSoccerJerseys | June 12, 2009 4:03 AM | Report abuse

Nice to see Gros get the gig and to see Nowak looking out for him. Gros is a very smart guy and he has always seemed to be highly self-motivated and eager to face challenges that might come his was.

Posted by: yankiboy | June 12, 2009 8:19 AM | Report abuse

Obviously taking a tour of Paris...
Posted by: DadRyan

Nice to know he falls for cheap tricks as easily in LA as he does on the pitch in England.

Posted by: delantero | June 12, 2009 9:33 AM | Report abuse

Good luck Josh!

Posted by: bs2004 | June 12, 2009 11:49 AM | Report abuse

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