DAVE KASPER - GENERAL MANAGER
Kasper joined D.C. United in 2002 has continued the club’s winning tradition while building a deep and talented roster and expanding the club’s reach in player development. He most recently was a critical leader in the biggest single-season turnaround in Major League Soccer history in 2014, as the Black-and-Red’s finished atop the Eastern Conference for the first time since 2007. After coming aboard as Technical Director, Kasper was named General Manager in 2007.
During Kasper’s 13-year tenure, D.C. United has won five major trophies: the 2004 MLS Cup, two MLS Supporters Shields (2006 and 2007) and two Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cups (2008 and 2013). United also reached the 2009 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup final, has made seven playoff appearances, including three as the first place team in the Eastern Conference. Kasper has managed 16 MLS Best XI selections, including three MLS MVPs: Christian Gomez (2006), Luciano Emilio (2007) and Dwayne De Rosario (2011). He has also had two goalkeepers of the year, Troy Perkins (2006) and Bill Hamid (2014), one defender of the year, Bobby Boswell (2006) and one rookie of the year, Andy Najar (2010). In addition to Najar, four other D.C. United players also have been named a rookie of the year finalist in six seasons: Chris Pontius (2009), Perry Kitchen (2011), Nick DeLeon (2012) and Steven Birnbaum (2014).
Kasper also has overseen the dramatic growth and success of D.C. United’s youth development efforts, including the D.C. United Academy. He has been largely responsible for one of the strongest academy systems in Major League Soccer, bringing seven local products through the ranks to the First Team: Andy Najar, Bill Hamid, Ethan White, Conor Shanosky, Michael Seaton, Collin Martin and Jalen Robinson. Najar, who played for Honduras at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, was the first Homegrown player to be named MLS Rookie of the Year in 2010 and the first Homegrown player to permanently move to a European side when he was signed by Belgium’s R.S.C. Anderlecht in January 2013. Hamid was the first Homegrown player to be named MLS Goalkeeper of the Year Award in 2014.
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, Alexandra and Isabella.