D.C. United fires Onalfo, Olsen named interim coach

D.C. United fires Onalfo, Olsen named interim coach

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D.C. United fires Onalfo, Olsen named interim coach

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D.C. United has endured a nightmare 2010 season and Curt Onalfo has paid the price for the team's disappointing results. The first-year D.C. coach has been fired and has been replaced by D.C. assistant and legendary D.C. United player Ben Olsen.

D.C. has crawled to a league-worst 3-12-3 record this season, and while injuries have taken their toll, the team has looked extremely poor at times even when fielding close to full-strength teams.

Olsen takes over on an interim basis, and while he is a respected former player, he lacks head coaching experience. D.C. United could be tempted to make a run at U.S. national team head coach and former D.C. United assistant Bob Bradley, who has yet to sign a new deal with U.S. Soccer for after 2010.

Onalfo was hired in the off-season to replace Tom Soehn, who left after not being re-hired. Soehn has since moved on to become technical director of the expansion Vancouver Whitecaps.

D.C. United hired Onalfo after being turned down by Akron University head coach Caleb Porter. D.C. passed on other candidates such as Denis Hamlett and Richie Williams before settling on Onalfo, who was fired as Kansas City head coach a year ago.

So who will coach D.C. come 2011? You can expect D.C. to make a run at Bob Bradley, and another run at Caleb Porter can't be ruled out. Hamlett is a local product who is still available, but Williams is unlikely to be considered nor do I think he's that interested in being D.C. United's head coach. Olsen could gain momentum as a long-term option if he can help the club finish the 2010 season strongly.

What do you think of this development? Was it inevitable? Think Onalfo shouldn't be the only person to be sent packing?

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