WASHINGTON – When Ben Olsen retired from a 12-year career last October, he had no idea he’d be in charge of his former team a mere 10 months later. But as D.C. United continued to struggle, Curt Onalfo was let go this past August and Olsen, an assistant coach, was handed the reins as interim head coach.
WASHINGTON – D.C. United entered 2010 with cautious optimism. Incoming head coach Curt Onalfo led a parade of new faces as the club looked to infuse the squad with youth while remaining competitive in the MLS playoff race.
But even United’s most modest hopes were horribly crushed over the course of a historically bad season, which kicked off with a 4-0 hammering at the hands of the Kansas City Wizards and rarely improved in the months thereafter.
FRISCO, Texas --
After six seasons with FC Dallas, 23-year-old midfielder Dax McCarty switched
clubs twice on Wednesday, becoming the Portland Timbers’ No. 1 Expansion Draft
selection and then getting traded to DC United less than three hours later.
linking midfielder was left unprotected by FC Dallas for the Expansion Draft just
three days after featuring as a starter for FCD in Sunday night’s 2-1 MLS Cup
defeat to the Colorado Rapids. He was then traded by Portland to DC United for
left back Rodney Wallace and a draft pick.
Portland Timbers anunció la adquisición del defensa Rodney Wallace y una elección para la cuarta ronda del SuperDraft 2011 de parte del D.C. United a cambio del mediocampista Dax McCarty y asignación monetaria.
“Rodney es joven, pero ha probado ser un jugador de gran versatilidad en la MLS, con la habilidad de jugar en diferentes posiciones”, dijo el director deportivo de los Timbers Gavin Wilkinson.
In one of the biggest surprises of Expansion Draft day, D.C. United ended up with perhaps the first and perhaps most important piece in their rebuilding project by acquiring the former FC Dallas midfielder in a trade with Portland for defender/midfielder Rodney Wallace.
McCarty, an instrumental figure in Dallas reaching their first-ever MLS Cup, was selected No. 1 overall by the Timbers on Wednesday. But Portland chose to swing him to DC for the versatile Wallace in a deal that may bolster both teams.
Highlights from Dax McCarty's 2010 season in MLS and the Cup final.
Washington, D.C. - The Portland Timbers today selected D.C. United defender Jordan Graye in the 2010 Major League Soccer Expansion Draft. Both Portland and Vancouver Whitecaps FC participated in today’s Expansion Draft, selecting ten players each to populate their rosters ahead of the 2011 MLS season. All 16 teams from 2010 were allowed to protect 11 players, leaving all others unprotected and available for selection by Portland and Vancouver. No team could lose more than two players, and after losing one individual each club was allowed to protect a twelfth and final player.
Washington, D.C. – D.C. United announced today that the club has acquired midfielder Dax McCarty. United sends defender Rodney Wallace and the lower of its two fourth round selections in the 2011 SuperDraft to Portland in exchange for McCarty and allocation money. Portland selected the former FC Dallas player in today’s Expansion Draft with the first pick. Both Portland Timbers and Vancouver WhitecapsFC participated in today’s draft, as the two clubs will join Major League Soccer in 2011 as expansion sides.
Day 4 of the club's 10 Days of Giving
United and Food & Friends
D.C United's fourth day of its "10 Days of Giving" was easy as pie. Staff from the Black-and-Red headed out to Eastern Market & Penn Quarter to distribute and sell Thanksgiving pies as part of Food & Friends' Slice of Life fundraiser.