DAVE KASPER - GENERAL MANAGER
Dave Kasper joined D.C. United in 2002 and has been instrumental in building a deep, young and very talented roster at D.C. United that will reap benefits in the long-term. Kasper joined the Black-and-Red after a stint with the New England Revolution where he served as the Director of Business Development. After five years as United’s technical director, he was named the club’s general manager in September of 2007.
Under Kasper’s watch, United has won five trophies: the 2004 MLS Cup Championship, two MLS Supporters Shield Championships (2006 and 2007) and two Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Championships (2008 and 2013). During his 12-year tenure, United has been to the playoffs an impressive six times. As the team’s GM, Kasper works closely with the coaching staff in identifying and signing talent, developing a draft strategy, creating closer ties to foreign clubs and managing all player personnel matters including trades and negotiating player contracts. He also oversees the direction of the club’s youth development efforts including the D.C. United Academy and camp program.
Kasper has also been largely responsible for one of the strongest Academy systems in Major League Soccer, bringing six Virginia and Maryland natives (Andy Najar, Bill Hamid, Ethan White, Conor Shanosky, Michael Seaton and Collin Martin) through the ranks to First Team action. Najar also became MLS’s first homegrown player to permanently move to a European side when R.S.C. Anderlecht of Belgium signed him in January of 2013.
In placing an emphasis on young talent to build a team, United has seen four Rookie of the Year candidates, with Homegrown talent Andy Najar winning in 2010. Pontius (2009 finalist), Perry Kitchen (2011 finalist) and Nick DeLeon (2012 finalist) are all first-round SuperDraft selections out of college that made an immediate impact in their respective inaugural MLS campaigns.
Kasper has a wide variety of soccer experience as a player, coach and front office executive. During his playing career, Kasper was a standout forward at the University of Maryland, earning All-ACC honors while also serving as a member of the U-20 U.S. Men’s National Team. He played professionally for the Milwaukee Wave (1989-90) and the Pittsburgh Stingers (1990-94) and transitioned into Duquesne University’s first-ever head coach. Kasper was named general manager of the Pittsburgh Riverhounds in 1998 (USL-1). The following year, Kasper led the organization to the playoffs and to Organization of the Year honors.
Kasper lives in Ashburn, Va., with his wife, Lizzethe, and daughters, Alexandria and Isabella.