January 30, 2014
By Charles Cuttone
In leaving Union, Burke seeks move closer to home
After three years as the youngest assistant coach in Major League Soccer, Brendan Burke is leaving the Philadelphia Union to seek opportunities closer to his native Boston.
Brendan Burke is looking for a coaching position closer to his native Boston.
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"It was a hard decision to make," Burke told Philly Soccer News. "My relationship with John (Hackworth) and the staff could not be better."
Burke is speaking to several clubs and universities in the Boston area, and hopes to have a new position nailed down soon.
Burke served as head coach of the Union's PDL affiliate Reading United AC while also serving as an assistant with the Union. He recently stepped down as head coach of Reading United to take on more responsibilities with the Union and was replaced in Reading by former Philadelphia Kixx midfielder David Castellanos.
Burke and his wife Carley have a newborn daughter, leading to a change in some priorities. Holding down both the Union and Reading jobs meant he was commuting back and forth from their home in Manayunk to Reading and Chester on a regular basis.
Burke, who played collegiately for Boston College, accepted the head coaching position in Reading after playing for the then-Reading Rage, where he served as captain in 2007.
During his time as head coach at Reading, Burke led the club to the PDL 2009 Regular Season Championship, the 2008 and 2010 Eastern Conference Titles, and the 2008, 2009 and 2010 Mid-Atlantic Division titles. The club made six consecutive appearances in the PDL postseason and five consecutive appearances in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup tournament, a U.S. amateur record. Burke recorded 71 victories for the PDL squad. A total of 23 of his former players are on MLS rosters and 32 are playing soccer professionally in the U.S. or Europe.