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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President & CEO, Kevin Payne discusses the club's decision to hire Ben Olsen. The club decided Olsen's experience with the Black-and-Red and his familiarity with MLS was a good fit for the position.
Ben Olsen's first full interview after being named United's head coach. Olsen is the seventh head coach in club history and the youngest in Major League Soccer.
Kevin Payne, President & CEO: "As we spent more and more time talking with Ben, I think it became more apparent that Ben has already grown substantially."
Payne: "Congratulations to Ben, I'm confident that he will do a great job as our Head Coach."
Dave Kasper, General Manager: "Ben just gets it... I know we've made the right decision."
Ben Olsen, Head Coach: "Personally a lot has happened in a year for me.... I am very, very confident at this point that I can lead this team."