United’s former head coaches on Olsen's retirement

Bruce Arena - LA Galaxy Head Coach and General Manager, Former D.C. United Head Coach (1996-1998)
“Ben Olsen has been the heart and soul of D.C. United. I have had the privilege to work with Ben at the University of Virginia, D.C. United and the U.S. National Team. He is a very special player, person, friend and family man. I know that I speak for everyone involved in the game in the United States in saying ‘we will miss you and we wish you the very best in all your future endeavors’.”

Thomas Rongen – D.C. United TV Analyst, Former D.C. United Head Coach (1999-2001)
“Ben Olsen’s reputation in the soccer community is above reproach. He is a world-class talent, has a high work rate and exudes contagious enthusiasm. The ability to motivate, accept responsibility and show compassion for others make him a true leader. He is actively involved in community efforts to help Washington, DC benefit through soccer. As such, he is a strong ambassador to all concerned and affected by soccer in this community.”

Ray Hudson – Former D.C. United Head Coach (2002-2003)
“Ben Olsen defined the spirit of D.C. United. Defined it. He was the personification of an attitude that says, ‘It's never over.’ As a footballer, he inspired with his commitment and drive, energizing the locker room before, during and after. His hurtful running was always accented by thoughtful passing. As a person he exudes quality, heart and trust – attributes that made him a coach’s ideal. Overcoming setbacks only made him stronger and more admired and Benny set the standard for his teammates to match; in overall desire – very, very few, ever did.”

Peter Nowak – Philadelphia Union Team Manager, Former D.C. United Head Coach (2004-2006)
“Ben Olsen has done so much to advance the game of soccer in America. As a player, his tireless work ethic helped D.C. United achieve greatness on the pitch while helping to grow MLS from its infancy. While he’s retiring from competition, I know Ben will continue to play a major role in the development of American soccer. I wish Benny all the best in any role in the soccer industry that he chooses.”

Tom Soehn – Former D.C. United Head Coach (2007-2009)
“Benny's services to the organization are far more than his throwing on a jersey. He's the type of person an organization builds around, on and off of the field. His commitment to making a club successful is as great as anyone else I've coached. As a person, I want to thank Ben for everything he's done and I know he'll find success in the next chapter of life through the same hard work and dedication he displayed as a player.”

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