You’ve heard the reasons behind the decision to make a mid-season coaching change and you’ve heard the reasons why Ben Olsen was the man who needed to be placed at the helm. You’ve heard the mission statement from D.C. United. You’ve listened to everything and still you know that seeing is believing. So, will you see a win on Saturday for D.C. United? Here are some things to consider prior to the match.
Team President and CEO Kevin Payne explains why the club decided to change coaches and what is expected of the team for the rest of the season. Interim Head Coach Ben Olsen discusses how he will move the team forward. Also, Jaime Moreno and Santino Quaranta share their thoughts on the change.
WASHINGTON— Visiblemente consternado por la salida de su “amigo” Curt Onalfo de la dirección técnica del D.C. United, el técnico interino de la plantilla capitalina, Ben Olsen, admitió que “es una gran responsabilidad” encargarse a mediados de la temporada de un club que tiene el récord más bajo de la Liga y que se mantiene sumergido en el sótano de la clasificación.
“Es un día muy difícil. Curt es un gran amigo, he aprendido mucho de él en todo el tiempo que hemos compartido incluido cuando ganamos juntos un campeonato con el D.C.
D.C. United are a franchise more rooted in tradition than perhaps any other in MLS. But almost every tradition is interrupted eventually, and with the firing of head coach Curt Onalfo on Wednesday, United have acknowledged the depths of their current predicament by breaking a custom as old as the organization itself.
In 1998, after becoming two-time defending MLS Cup Champions, the rich got richer as D.C. United signed a young star player out of the University of Virginia. His name was Ben Olsen and, like most high profile rookies, he was under a lot of pressure to succeed. Olsen did not disappoint. Rookie of the year, Inter-American Cup Champion, MLS Cup Champion, and MLS Cup MVP were just some of his accomplishmentsin his first two seasons. During his 12-year MLS career, which he spent entirely in a D.C. United uniform, Olsen became one of the greatest players in franchise history.
Washington, D.C. (August 4, 2010) – D.C. United announced today the club has named Ben Olsen as interim Head Coach, following the dismissal of Curt Onalfo. D.C. United’s Technical Director, Chad Ashton, will serve as interim Assistant Coach, while Assistant Coaches Kris Kelderman and Mark Simpson will retain their roles with the club.
WASHINGTON – Late last month, D.C. United defender Carey Talley was asked about the challenge of starting a match just a few days after tweaking a muscle in his thigh.
“You look at professional sports in general, it’s who can be the best at 85 percent of their max, because everybody’s picked up injuries throughout the season, and is tired or heavy one day,” responded the veteran.
“So it’s a grind, especially here in DC and cities like Dallas and Houston, just trying to regulate your body and be sure that day in, day out through a season, you’re not exhausted by game day.”
CARSON, Calif. – This year, there are 650,000 registered players in the American Youth Soccer Organization. There are 50,000 certified teams. And that’s just AYSO. All in all, there are more than 17.5 million youth soccer players in the United States, reports CNN.com. It’s the single most popular sport among young Americans.
For that reason, US international Herculez Gomez expects a bright future for American soccer.
Two weeks ago, a resurgent D.C. United side traveled to Seattle and shocked the Sounders with a 3-2 victory at Qwest Field in front of a national television audience. The result marked United’s first road victory of the season and suggested that Curt Onalfo’s side had turned a corner following a dreadful start to the 2010 campaign.