NEW YORK — D.C. United manager Ben Olsen doesn’t need any more challenges – turning
around a team that finished with the worst record in the league in 2010 is an
unenviable task on its own. But now, at the age of 33, Olsen also takes his
seat in the record books as the youngest head coach in MLS history.
WASHINGTON — When he joined the coaching profession shortly after ending his playing career a year ago, Ben Olsen held no illusions about the tough road ahead, promising to “put in a hard day's work after all these years of living the dream.”
D.C. United’s rookie assistant certainly delivered on that front, especially after the August firing of Curt Onalfo forced him to take on interim head coach duties for an injury-crippled, psychologically devastated side stuck in last place.
NEW YORK – D.C. United on Monday removed the interim tag from
Ben Olsen’s title and officially named the 33-year-old as head coach, the youngest in
Olsen was an assistant for former manager Curt Onalfo at the
start of the 2010 season and took over the reins of the team on an interim
basis after Onalfo was fired on Aug. 4.
He compiled a 3-8-1 record at the helm of the club in the
remaining 12 regular-season matches and was also on the sidelines for a 2-1 US
Open Cup semifinal loss in overtime against the Columbus Crew.
Although he turned 17 in September, Omar Salgado is already
a regular on Thomas Rongen's US Under-20 team. He earned two caps during the squad's
recent second-place finish in the Torneo de las Americas, playing the entire 90
minutes in a 1-1 draw with Mexico on Sunday.
The El Paso, Texas-born striker played on El Tri's youth side
before choosing the US this past summer and projects as a high pick in the 2011
MLSsoccer.com caught up with Salgado and got his thoughts on
the Milk Cup, his growth as a player, and the future.
WASHINGTON – D.C. United capped a four-month-long search for their next head coach on Monday morning, awarding the job to interim boss Ben Olsen in a dramatic about-face from repeated assertions that the club’s longtime midfielder would not be considered for the position on a permanent basis.
From the moment the club dismissed former coach Curt Onalfo in August, United president Kevin Payne and general manager Dave Kasper were steadfast in their declarations that Olsen would serve as a temporary leader only, citing his lack of experience.
NEW YORK – What better way to deliver a crucial, final 30-minute
presentation than to have the voice of Morgan Freeman as narrator?
The USA Bid Committee is going to do one better: It will
have the Academy Award-winning actor in the flesh when it states its case to
host the 2022 World Cup for the last time in front of the FIFA Executive
Committee on Wednesday at 11 a.m. ET in Zürich, Switzerland (live stream at
After 21 months of planning and campaigning, the US Bid Committee has one more opportunity to state its case to hold the 2022 World Cup.
President Bill Clinton, LA Galaxy midfielder Landon Donovan and actor Morgan Freeman will help with the final 30-minute presentation to the FIFA Executive Committee in Zurich on Wednesday, and that will be that.
With only two days to go, committee chairman Sunil Gulati is cautiously optimistic about the US' chances of hosting the 2022 World Cup.
The highlights from Monday's press conference introducing Ben Olsen as United's head coach. Comments from President & CEO Kevin Payne, General Manager Dave Kasper, and Head Coach Ben Olsen.
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