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.
SALT LAKE CITY.- El Real Salt Lake goleó al D.C. United con un contundente 3-0 que no muestra lo disputado que fue el encuentro. El vigente campeón de la MLS suma su vigésima jornada ante su público sin perder, consiguiendo ganar a todos los equipos de la liga.
Tras unos primeros diez minutos de tanteo entre los dos equipos, pronto se rompieron las hostilidades.
D.C. UNITED HEAD COACH CURT ONALFO
On the teams inability to finish offensive chances:
“You can attribute it to [not finishing offensive chances] or you can attribute it to not making plays when we needed to make plays defensively. I felt like we had momentum in the second half. We had a lot of the ball. We go to a 3-5-2 to try and get at least a point on the road, which we need, and our inability to make a big play defensively when we have too. Then our inability to finish off chances is what culminated this evening.”
WASHINGTON – Branko Boskovic and Pablo Hernandez are seven years apart in age and possess dramatically different backgrounds. But common circumstances have drawn them together since their arrival to D.C. United.
The Montenegrin and his Argentinean teammate are cohabitating in the Crystal City neighborhood of Arlington, Va., just across the Potomac River from DC, and also share a “knights in shining armor” role as midseason reinforcements for a team struggling to mount a late push for relevance in the MLS Eastern Conference.