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More news concerning Curt Onalfo's dismissal

Additional details about Curt Onalfo's dismissal as head coach of D.C. United and Ben Olsen's assignment as interim boss:

*United officials confirmed that Onalfo's contract was guaranteed through the 2012 season, meaning they will have to continue to pay his salary for an additional two-plus years if he does not take a new job. Salary figures were not disclosed but are believed to be at least $300,000 annually.

*Olsen will oversee the team through the end of this season and almost certainly be among the candidates for the full-time job this winter. The search process, however, will begin right away, General Manager Dave Kasper said.

*Player trialists will begin to arrive next week, Kasper said. Jemal Johnson, a U.S.-born wing who has been playing in England's third tier, is tentatively set to be here.

*Besides the rats and cats, RFK Stadium now has a raccoon problem. One pesky visitor was spotted in the team store. Good times.

I'll be back shortly with quotes from the front office and players.....

By Steve Goff  |  August 4, 2010; 11:32 AM ET
Categories:  D.C. United  | Tags: Curt Onalfo, D.C. United  
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Comments

Sign the raccoon!

Posted by: bbarrie | August 4, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse

If the front office thinks this is going to win the fans over they are a bunch of fools. Onalfo was made the scapegoat for a terribly assembled team.

Posted by: grubbsbl | August 4, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

If the raccoon can play, sure!

Posted by: bs2004 | August 4, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

DCU will let anyone and anything come watch the games.

Posted by: TheJim1 | August 4, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

The rats will chase the raccoon off, don't you worry about that.

Posted by: HowdyDCU | August 4, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse

*Besides the rats and cats, RFK Stadium now has a raccoon problem. One pesky visitor was spotted in the team store. Good times.


Made my morning. As did the news that Onalfo's been fired, which I found out a few minutes ago. Ah, 'tis a good day!

I hope we are seriously considering vying for Bob Bradley, as Ives suggests over on SBI. He's a proven MLS coach who will instill discipline and hunger into this squad. And then, of course, the Nats will be rid of him and able to sign someone else! So that's just a great situation for everyone.

Posted by: kdiff813 | August 4, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse

I'd like to see Benny stalking through RFK with an old flintlock rifle muttering about varmints

Posted by: Chewbacca22 | August 4, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse

This is MLS. They'll have to trade next year's first round SuperDraft pick and money for the rights to pick first in the Allocation Draft for the raccoon.

Posted by: creel | August 4, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

When asked if he had anything to do with the team's horrible state, Kev...err the raccoon washed his hands of all blame.

Posted by: PEddy | August 4, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Bob Bradley?

Posted by: neil_g | August 4, 2010 11:51 AM | Report abuse

It's raccoon, not THE raccoon.

You people Americanize everything.

Posted by: IamAM | August 4, 2010 11:51 AM | Report abuse

The raccoon is their discovery. They don't have to give up anything to get it. Later, they'll get rid of the raccoon. Then, they'll decide they want the raccoon back and trade whatever it takes to get it back.

Posted by: neil_g | August 4, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

I would seriously overpay for a United shirt that had a raccoon on it. They could fund another DP this way.

Vamos los mapaches . . .

Posted by: fallschurch1 | August 4, 2010 11:55 AM | Report abuse

New item in giftshop: Coonskin cap.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | August 4, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse

"the raccoon washed his hands of all blame."

Superb. I remember reading that in German they're called waschenbearen, something like that, because they seem to washing hands so often. Same article mentioned how a Nazi, maybe Himmler, imported a few pairs in the '30s, and now there are a gazillion because they have no predators . . .

This is ON TOPIC, everyone.

Posted by: fallschurch1 | August 4, 2010 12:02 PM | Report abuse

Don't worry. DC United has a plan. They have their eye on an experienced coach who will soon be available. That's right, Jim Gabarra will be our new permanent coach.

Posted by: Ron16 | August 4, 2010 12:02 PM | Report abuse

Wrong.

SGE is available. So is Pelligrini. And Klinsmann.

Posted by: Reignking | August 4, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

ZORN NOW!!!

Posted by: nairbsod | August 4, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

Bob Bradley would be a perfect fit as his World Cup game plan was eerily familar to DCU's this year: don't start attacking until you let in at least one goal - or two (Slovenia the clever exception).

Posted by: dcpsycho | August 4, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse

"Olsen will oversee the team through the end of this season and almost certainly be among the candidates for the full-time job this winter."

Well, there goes the "Bob Bradley is a done deal" speculation. Shoulda known. Made too much sense.

@Chewbacca22,

+1

That's just waaaay too easy to visualize.

Posted by: benonthehill | August 4, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse

A three-year guaranteed contract for an unemployed guy with little head-coaching experience? A one-year plus option would have been rational. Just proves the front office can screw up more than the roster.

Posted by: runningcloud | August 4, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

If they find a beaver building a dam near Lot 8, perhaps they can get some of the Highway Trust Fund money to rebuild RFK.

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | August 4, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Bradley's not available. And +1 for "good fit"--he's the OnalfoSoehn of the international set, though he was a more or less adequate MLS coach.

Dream on about Klinsmann, people, joyous though that would be.

And again, if you think that Onalfo's a scapegoat, you don't know as much as you think you do about soccer, tactics, man management, or DCU. Which doesn't, and shouldn't, lessen the stench of Kasper and Payne.

Posted by: Landru | August 4, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

I take back everything I said about the front office maybe having a plan. They have no idea what they are doing, firing the coach in August so they can begin a coaching search adventure in the winter. The sooner Will Chang buys a guillotine, the faster this team will turn around.

In the meantime, DC United needs James Gammon, the guy who played the Indians' manager in Major League. Even though he died last month, he fits in perfectly with the team's current long-range trajectory.

Posted by: hungrypug | August 4, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

An NCAA coach wouldn't take the job, but Klinsmann or Bradley will? Riiiiight.

Posted by: OWNTF | August 4, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Actually Cats and Raccoons can live peacefully next to each other. If someone is feeding the cats then the raccoons will also eat from that plate.

But didnt know DCU had the cojones to fire someone that early.

Well good luck Olsen.

Posted by: TheWashDipsSince88 | August 4, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

If someone is feeding the cats then the raccoons will also eat from that plate.
==============

It scares me that you know that.

Posted by: OWNTF | August 4, 2010 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Breaking news: not actually a raccoon, just shirtless Ben Olsen out for a jog.

Posted by: HowdyDCU | August 4, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Does the DCU front office really believe that looking at English 3rd division cast offs are going to make a difference in an MLS that is rapidly improving and signing DPs.

Posted by: dcufan531 | August 4, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse

You guys want to hire Bob Bradley??? The same Bob Bradley who put Robbie Findley and Ricardo Clark in the line up at virtually every opportunity at the WC???? Seriously?

Posted by: fedssocr | August 4, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

@fallschurch1 Did you just Godwin a comment thread about a raccoon?

Posted by: HowdyDCU | August 4, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

@OWNTF

Actually 20/20 did a report on raccoons and cats. And how a small town got rid of them by reducing the food given out to feral cats at night. Cats dont fight the raccoons.

Posted by: TheWashDipsSince88 | August 4, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

VW, please buy my team. I'll buy one of your cars*.


*(matchbox)

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | August 4, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

An NCAA coach wouldn't take the job, but Klinsmann or Bradley will? Riiiiight.

Posted by: OWNTF

Yep.

Posted by: DadRyan | August 4, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

Is it time for Sasho to make the jump to MLS? I cant really think of any other top flight coaches DCU could realistically get. Bradly aint gonna happen folks, neither is Klinsman. The only other coach I would think may become available that has the background we need would be Steve Nicol from the revs. They have struggled this year, but really doubt that the revs will get rid of him. But if they do, he would be the one to get.

Posted by: jjfooty | August 4, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Or, if Seattle can get that Microsoft money, how bout Steve Jobs? He always wears black anyway.

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | August 4, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

My first reaction was they must have someone waiting in the wings. But from the sound of it, FO is flailing and it seems more like some political bs. I can't imagine a DC United without a head coach is better than one with Curt (as bad as CO might have been, Benny's not a coach yet).

Posted by: silverrey | August 4, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

I agree there was probably a What Direction Do We Flail In Now focus group. At least three people participated.

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | August 4, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Curt Onalfo is the next American Idol judge.

Posted by: Reignking | August 4, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: silverrey | August 4, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

Do raccoons eat frogs? If so, maybe he can find the reputed bad omen frog buried under the RFK pitch. Once it's gone, it'll be smooth sailing!

Posted by: DrBeaker | August 4, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Are they sure it was raccoons? Maybe the cats have just taken to wearing masks because they're embarrassed by the stadium's other occupants!

Posted by: soccerman | August 4, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

everyone takes responsibility for this failure??? why aren't Casper & Payne fired?! or is the nature of the business to fire the coach so that the problems can continue??

Posted by: temuco | August 4, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Why would Benny be one of the candidates for the HC position. He has said numerous times that he feels that he is not ready for it yet. KP is taking out of his a$$ again.

Posted by: Ken_Davis1 | August 4, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

The raccoon is a cost-saving measure. It means DCU won't have to spend as much on trash services. Speaking of trash services, they can also haul away Payne and Kasper on their next run, with Willie Chang thrown in for good measure.

Posted by: hofbrauhausde | August 4, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

I now feel reassured that mother nature will reclaim this earth no matter how bad we ruin it. Dredge it out, pave it over, jump up and down on it... stadium attendance is down, and this goes to show that if left alone for long enough, the rightful creatures will reclaim their habitat.

Also, the "THE Racoon" comment and the "Ben Olsen jogging" comment had me laughing out loud and so I was forced to explain my laughter to my colleague.

Posted by: WorldCup | August 4, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Don't worry. DC United has a plan. They have their eye on an experienced coach who will soon be available. That's right, Jim Gabarra will be our new permanent coach.

Posted by: Ron16 | August 4, 2010 12:02 PM
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That would make an interesting trade. Perhaps Onalfo will end up as an interim coach out at the 'Plex.

Posted by: universityandpark | August 4, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Onalfo's firing was overdue immediately after he was hired. After dragging their foot (waiting for the Akron coach that was just playing them to get more money from his AD), Onalfo was the only choice left. Besides, which respectable coach will come in knowing the mess that is the DC United roster?

Posted by: tundey | August 4, 2010 5:49 PM | Report abuse

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