The Union have been pursuing former Manchester United assistant and ex-Fulham manager Rene Meulensteen for the last half year and finally they have gotten their man.

The team will announce at a Friday press conference that Meulensteen has been hired to the technical staff.

A MLS source familiar with the details confirmed Thursday that Meulensteen is being hired as a consultant. According to the source, Meulensteen will work very closely with the team as it prepares for the franchise's sixth season. The source added that Meulensteen will be very active during this offseason and leading into the season which will begin in March.

The team and Meulensteen, 50, could eventually agree to an even larger role, but both sides felt that this would be the best way to start, according to the source.

This is the second big announcement in a week by the Union, which last week took the interim tag off and named Jim Curtin head coach.

The Union went 10-12-12 and were eliminated from playoff consideration with two games left in the regular season. They have qualified for the postseason once in their first five years.

The Union is hoping that the hiring of Curtin, adding Meulensteen and some expected off-season transactions will earn them a postseason berth in 2015.

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