Nicolás Frutos joined D.C. United from Anderlecht in the Belgian top tier of soccer on February 5, 2021. After playing forward for the Belgian powerhouse from 2005 to 2010 where he scored 41 goals in 69 appearances and won five trophies, the Argentine joined the Anderlecht technical staff as a scout following his retirement on March 29, 2010.
Frutos departed Anderlecht and joined Unión de Santa Fe in Argentina in 2011 where he was the manager for the reserve team in addition to working closely with the youth team. Following his departure from Unión de Santa Fe in 2013, Frutos joined Club Olimpia in his first head coach role in 2015 and was with the team for four months.
Frutos then rejoined Anderlecht on Jan. 1, 2016 to become the head coach for the U-19 team. Following the departure of former head coach, René Weiler, on Sept. 18, 2017, Frutos became interim head coach for Anderlecht. In four games in charge of the first team, Frutos led them to a 3-1-0 record before Hein Vanhaezebrouck was named as the new head coach in October 2017.
On Jan. 3, 2019, Frutos was appointed as head coach for San Luis de Quillota in the Chilean first division. After four months with the club, Frutos rejoined Anderlecht again as an assistant coach under former Belgium and Manchester City center back Vincent Kompany.