Kwik Chat feat. Phil Wheddon, Philadelphia Union
Published at : 22 Jan 2021
Phil Wheddon and Kwik Goal's Tim Hall discuss a variety of topics.
Phil Wheddon is the only goalkeeper coach to have coached for both the US Men's and Women's National Teams, and now he has joined Philadelphia Union's first team as the goalkeeper coach.
Last season, Wheddon took over as Philadelphia Union II's goalkeeping coach, helping to develop now-NCAA National Champion Tomas Romero and Matt Freese. The veteran coach of three FIFA World Cups also brings 11 years of experience as the women's soccer head coach at Syracuse and two Olympic Gold Medals to his new role.
Wheddon handles the goalkeepers and looks to take Andre Blake's game to the next level while helping Joe Bendik and Matt Freese develop into the kind of space-controlling backstops that Ernst Tanner and Jim Curtin value in the Union's aggressive system.
Wheddon is always up to the task: He has previous worked with Tim Howard, Hope Solo, Kasey Keller, and Brianna Scurry, perhaps the four faces that would sit atop United States soccer's goalkeeping Mount Rushmore.