List of D.C. United head coaches

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Ben Olsen, the current head coach of the D.C. United

This is a list of D.C. United head coaches since the 1996 season. The club has had seven permanent head coaches. Bruce Arena was the club's inaugural coach in 1996, leaving his position coaching the men's soccer team at the University of Virginia. In 1998, after winning two MLS Cups and the 1996 U.S. Open Cup, Arena left to coach the United States men's national soccer team.[1] Thomas Rongen then left his head coach position with the New England Revolution to come to D.C. Rongen led D.C. to another MLS cup in 1999 but was replaced by Ray Hudson in 2002, who was hired after the contraction of his Miami Fusion F.C. that year.[2]

Hudson saw D.C. United fall to last in the table in 2002 and lose in the first round of the playoffs in 2003. Former Chicago Fire player Piotr (Peter) Nowak was then hired to replace Hudson, and led D.C. United to their fourth MLS Cup in 2004.[3] Nowak left on December 21, 2006 for an assistant coaching position on the U.S. men's national team. Tom Soehn, another former Chicago Fire player, was hired next, and was the first American to coach the team since Bruce Arena. He left the team at the end of the 2009 season.[4] On December 28, 2009 D.C. hired former Kansas City Wizards manager Curt Onalfo as their sixth head coach.[5] On August 4, 2010, Onalfo was dismissed as head coach of D.C. United and former player Ben Olsen was named interim head coach.[6] On November 29, 2010, Olsen was named head coach on a permanent basis.[7]

List of head coaches[edit]

This list includes all those who have managed the club since 1996, when the club joined Major League Soccer for the first time, whether coaching on a full-time or caretaker basis. Games played include all League, Cup, Playoff, and Continental matches, and the win percentage is calculated from the total of games.

  • Figures correct as of 14 May 2015. Includes all competitive matches

* Player-manager
+ Caretaker manager
M = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against

Name Nat From To M W D L F A Win1 Honors Notes
Bruce Arena United States January 3, 1996 October 30, 1998 131 74 153 42 - - 56.48% see below -
Thomas Rongen Netherlands December 28, 1999 August 4, 2001 97 45 8 44 - - 46.39% see below -
Ray Hudson England January 8, 2002 December 15, 2003 110 44 20 46 - - 40.00% - -
Piotr Nowak Poland January 7, 2004 December 19, 2006 1103 50 26 34 178 143 45.45% see below -
Tom Soehn United States December 21, 2006 November 3, 2009 110 48 25 37 171 152 43.64% see below -
Curt Onalfo United States January 5, 2010 August 4, 2010 25 10 3 12 27 35 40.00% - -
Ben Olsen United States November 29, 2010 Present 170 68 412 74 239 248 40.00% see below Interim coach from Aug. 5–Nov. 28, 2010
  • 1 Win% is rounded to a whole.
  • 2 One drawn cup game lost after extra time.
  • 3 MLS matches that went into penalty kick shootouts are counted as a draw

Coaches with Honors[edit]

Name Nat Tenure Honors
Bruce Arena United States 1996–1998 1996 U.S. Open Cup
1996 MLS Cup
1997 MLS Cup
1997 MLS Supporters' Shield
1998 CONCACAF Champions' Cup
1998 Copa Interamericana
Thomas Rongen Netherlands 1999–2001 1999 MLS Cup
1999 MLS Supporters' Shield
Piotr Nowak Poland 2004–2006 2004 MLS Cup
2006 MLS Supporters' Shield
Tom Soehn United States 2007–2009 2007 MLS Supporters' Shield
2008 U.S. Open Cup
Ben Olsen United States 2010–Present 2013 U.S. Open Cup

References[edit]

General
Notes
  1. ^ "America’s one and only United". FIFA. September 24, 2008. Retrieved September 6, 2009. 
  2. ^ Bell, Jack (January 9, 2002). "Major League Soccer Eliminates Two Teams". The New York Times. Retrieved September 6, 2009. 
  3. ^ Connolly, Marc (January 8, 2004). "Newest coaches will be under pressure". ESPN Soccernet.com. Retrieved September 6, 2009. 
  4. ^ "Soehn will not return to D.C. United". The Miami Herald. The Sports Network. November 3, 2009. Retrieved November 3, 2009. [dead link]
  5. ^ Hansen, Drew (December 29, 2009). "Ex-D.C. player Onalfo named United's coach". The Washington Times. Retrieved January 14, 2010. 
  6. ^ Goff, Steven (August 4, 2010). "D.C. United fires Coach Curt Onalfo". The Washington Post. Retrieved August 4, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Ben Olsen named D.C. United Head Coach". November 29, 2010. Retrieved November 30, 2010.