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Posted at 5:42 PM ET, 11/28/2010

Ben Olsen to be named D.C. United coach

By Steve Goff

Ben Olsen will be named D.C. United's head coach Monday during a news conference at RFK Stadium, the Insider has confirmed. For further details, read the exclusive story posted here early Sunday. Take the poll:

By Steve Goff  | November 28, 2010; 5:42 PM ET
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Comments

Nothing against Ben, but how does Kevin Payne go from "he's absolutely not going to be our coach next year" to this? That's the real story.

Ben's a great choice as a person, poor choice for this organization if it expects to move forward next season.

Thx,

Jay!

Posted by: jayrockers | November 28, 2010 5:52 PM | Report abuse

Benny was one of my favorite players ever, but this is so disappointing. Much of the same flavor as last year when they defaulted to Plan D or E. Combined with the stadium debacle and the low likelihood of any significant player acquisitions, this is a depressing team to to follow nowadays.

Posted by: mabindurham | November 28, 2010 6:08 PM | Report abuse

Benny was one of my favorite players ever, but this is so disappointing. Much of the same flavor as last year when they defaulted to Plan D or E. Combined with the stadium debacle and the low likelihood of any significant player acquisitions, this is a depressing team to to follow nowadays.

Posted by: mabindurham | November 28, 2010 6:08 PM | Report abuse

So much for ambition...I love Benny, but Jay is on point - he lacks the experience.

Honestly, this seems like the club is hedging against failure and setting up Ben as the fall guy. That way, when the season crumbles into ashes, the front office can blame the 'inexperienced' coach, publicly lament their 'naive' selection of a fan-favorite and lay all the blame squarely on Ben's shoulders.

That said, when the inevitable happens, Ben takes part of the blame, too. Can we all honestly believe he is the best choice out of all possible candidates? What can Ben do that Onalfo failed to do? What success can Ben have this coming year, assuming a similarly-skilled pool of players?

I love Ben for all he has done for the club and the example he set for young players. But there is not talking around the lack of experience coaching at this level.

“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” – Albert Einstein

Posted by: ErickSp8 | November 28, 2010 6:09 PM | Report abuse

Wow!!! Really!! Wow!!! I have neither positive or negative things to say. I'll Just be a clown an say Benny, May the force be with you.

Posted by: bk2erth | November 28, 2010 6:11 PM | Report abuse

Congratulations, Benny. Now let's after it.

Posted by: Ron16 | November 28, 2010 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Make that "let's *get* after it."

Posted by: Ron16 | November 28, 2010 6:18 PM | Report abuse

Do I like the hire? Yes, from all I know of him I like Ben Olsen. Do I think it is the best thing for the club and him at this time? That's something I have to say no to. As others have pointed out it isn't Ben, but rather the two over him who which to coach vicariously that appear to be the problem.

Posted by: Alejandro_10 | November 28, 2010 6:24 PM | Report abuse

Do I like the hire? Yes, from all I know of him I like Ben Olsen. Do I think it is the best thing for the club and him at this time? That's something I have to say no to. As others have pointed out it isn't Ben, but rather the two over him who wish to coach vicariously that appear to be the problem.

Posted by: Alejandro_10 | November 28, 2010 6:25 PM | Report abuse

Disaster. DCU making decisions based purely on $. I love Benny but he is not a head coach. It's hard to see DCU not having folded or moved in a couple years.

Posted by: Pigmansweet1 | November 28, 2010 6:29 PM | Report abuse

Renew your season tickets now. DC United will be exactly the same as last year.

Posted by: BigBubba1 | November 28, 2010 6:32 PM | Report abuse

Last time I checked P. Nowak did not have experience when he was hired to coach DC United...

But there is no doubt that Kevin Payne put his foot in his mouth by saying all that stuff about Ben.

Hopefully everything works out for the best!

Posted by: Barracudas | November 28, 2010 6:34 PM | Report abuse

Kevin P. Has ZERO credibility.
I am and will always be in BEN'S ARMY.
That is all.

Posted by: DadRyan | November 28, 2010 6:46 PM | Report abuse

This will not look good on his resume should he aspire to coach a professional team at some time

Posted by: NICKYNUNYA | November 28, 2010 6:47 PM | Report abuse

I love Ben Olsen so I'm reluctant to doubt him. But the time is not right for him. His lack of experience is only matched by KP's lack of credibility. What again has changed since the week after the season when Payne said that Olsen is not ready to be a head coach? Right or wrong, his statement indicates that the FO has no idea what it is doing. I once was found, but now I'm lost. I vote no confidence in DC United's leadership.

Posted by: FAkeemail9875 | November 28, 2010 6:52 PM | Report abuse

Ben will or would do fine as long as we get some players. NO coach in the world can help our club with our current roster. None.

Perkins is a joke. Burch most likely our starting LB is terrible. No backups behind James and Jakovic, one goes down and we got Simms playing in the back, lol. Quaranta gets 1/15 crosses to its target. Not to mention we got ZERO forwards. I haven't seen anything from Branko that tells me hes a go to player.

Not to say the following players don't have faults but at this moment I only like Zayner, Dax, Jakovic, Najar and Pontius 09.

Not even the special one would make a significant difference with this team. I look at teams like RSL, Dallas, Columbus, LA and Seattle which have talent all over the field and even on there bench.

Here's hoping for several good signings.

Posted by: francisco_11 | November 28, 2010 6:53 PM | Report abuse

First step: Hope Omar Salgado falls to third. Kid's legit.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | November 28, 2010 7:09 PM | Report abuse

Maybe he'll do okay, but if we can't afford to spend money on an experienced manager then I doubt we'll spend much on players - much less a stadium where our strategy has been to beg for other people's money to get it done. How did we come to this?

Posted by: LostinPotomac | November 28, 2010 7:12 PM | Report abuse

Congrats to DCU management on this one.

As soon as Goff posted that DCU would not be retaining Benny as their head coach I said they will spend months searching for a coach and wait until February/March to put Benny back at the job.

They beat my prediction by 3 months! Is Ben the right person for the job? No. But at least they are giving him more than a couple weeks to put together a strategy for this team.

I still think McBride would be the best option as far as a retired player-coach for DCU. You have to be a pretty good leader to be asked to captain an English premier league team as an American…not to mention bring them up from the relegation battle. He knows what it means to play on a team with no budget at the bottom of the table and far exceed everyones expectations.

Posted by: Southeasterner | November 28, 2010 7:17 PM | Report abuse

@francisco_11, I'm waiting to see how much progress Shanosky can make in the off season. Could we see Simms in the back more regularly? Can Jakovic play in the midfield like a poor white Canadian Shalrie Joseph?

Posted by: DadRyan | November 28, 2010 7:26 PM | Report abuse

poor man's white Canadian Shalrie Joseph is what I meant...lol.

Posted by: DadRyan | November 28, 2010 7:30 PM | Report abuse

@DadRyan, I'd be real surprised if we keep Dax and Simms. To me it seems like Simms is trade bait, not to mention I don't like it when Simms plays at RB or CB.

IMO I doubt Jakovic can play DM specially like Shalrie, Shalrie's a stud. I don't think Jakovic is any were near as good or smart with the ball.

I don't know much about our kids that play for United. I hope Shanosky a baller. For me Najar and Bill were one of the few bright spots last season.

Posted by: francisco_11 | November 28, 2010 7:47 PM | Report abuse

"experience" is overrated. All coaching "experience" does is put you in the same old static mindset of every other coach. Ben brings some dynamism. And it's not like he's never seen a soccer ball before. The guy has lived the sport for most of his life. Surely he has absorbed a certain amount of "experience" just by playing under some pretty good coaches. Ben's a smart guy, he'll be a fine coach.

the problem is that as long as out pathetic front office remains in place this club is going nowhere. Until KP and DK do the honorable thing and resign so we can get some fresh blood running the whole operation it won't matter who the coach is.

Posted by: fedssocr | November 28, 2010 7:59 PM | Report abuse

Everybody is completely missing the boat on this one. Ben is going to be the coach because this job stinks and nobody more qualified than Ben wants it. Nothing and I mean nothing is going to change with this organization until they get a new stadium. Every single solitary problem this team has right now can ultimately be traced back to that. If you truly desire change for this organization then start lobbying your local elected officials for a stadium for DC United. Otherwise, same as it ever was.........same as it ever was.........same as it ever was.

Posted by: croftonpost | November 28, 2010 8:11 PM | Report abuse

I think Ben can be a successful coach (this year) with some talent added to the roster.

It's not that complicated. Get him players, he'll win. Don't get him players, he'll lose.

Posted by: PrinceBuster21 | November 28, 2010 8:13 PM | Report abuse

I think Ben can be a successful coach (this year) with some talent added to the roster.

It's not that complicated. Get him players, he'll win. Don't get him players, he'll lose.

Posted by: PrinceBuster21 | November 28, 2010 8:13 PM | Report abuse

Ben and Dave Kasper were at the NCAA game at UMD tonight. Took lots of notes on their Blackberry (Dave) and iPhone (Ben). Or maybe they were texting their friends to let them know they were sitting next to me. :-)

Posted by: ldmay | November 28, 2010 8:25 PM | Report abuse

Like this move a lot. Benny knows the organization and has been the heartbeat of DCU for many years. When he took over the squad there was a dramatic difference in the way the team played and fought. He's a smart guy that has shown he can handle the pressure and get results, hell DC beat Colorado at home for the first time in 10 years. Anyhow my prediction is DC will be in the playoffs next season.


Posted by: Lot8Date | November 28, 2010 8:29 PM | Report abuse

I'm not saying this as a positive or negative thing about Ben--or maybe I'm saying it as both. But could there possibly be a better organization man?

This choice finally forces me over into the camp of those who think we haven't got that much longer to enjoy the Black and Red here. This choice reeks of "caretaker," and when you think about it, why would the club need a caretaker? It's hard to view it any other way right now, though. Maybe with a massive influx of players, I could see it differently, but as someone else said above, if there's no money for a coach, why would there be money for players?

I also don't think it could be any more clearly that KP scares away good coaches from outside the organization. Here's hoping Benny can be a great one from inside; I hope so, for his sake. But I fear that my season ticket deposit just went for another year of singing "Backpass, backpass United."

Posted by: Landru | November 28, 2010 8:46 PM | Report abuse

It doesn't really matter anyway. Pretty soon the team will be playing in Baltimore and the demise of this franchise will be recorded as a Wikipedia entry.

Posted by: mcwop | November 28, 2010 8:51 PM | Report abuse

It doesn't really matter anyway. Pretty soon the team will be playing in Baltimore, Payne will regarded in the same light as Bob Short, and the demise of this franchise will be recorded as a Wikipedia entry.

Posted by: mcwop | November 28, 2010 8:52 PM | Report abuse

I'm glad Benny is coach, not because there's no better option or because our front office knows what they are doing, but because we couldn't do better and the FO is a burden.

With Benny, at least we won't get excuses, and we will certainly see more courage, much like Najar displayed this past season.

Posted by: UnitedDemon1 | November 28, 2010 8:57 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like a good choice to me. No real chance of bringing in a game changer, and Ben has something to prove. The team will play for him -- now it's just a matter of creating him a team.

Dax was a very good add -- gritty, hard working, skilled, and ambitious (and can put the ball in the net). Should respond well to Benny's style.

Anyone who says this will be the same team as 2011 is somehow not aware of the roster changes taking place. All it takes is a new, competent attack and DCU is back in the mix.

There will be change. Whether it's successful remains to be seen, but it will most definitely be a different team.

Long term, I agree that DCU needs a stadium and the stability it promises before we can attract the talent to dominate MLS. But getting back to a decent side and playoff contenders? That could happen quickly. And it could happen under Olsen.

Posted by: -rke- | November 28, 2010 8:59 PM | Report abuse

And btw, if the season flops and KP tries to blame Olsen, will anyone here stand for that? Cross him and you've crossed the fans - and that could get ugly. Better make sure this works.

Posted by: -rke- | November 28, 2010 9:15 PM | Report abuse

ps. it makes no sense to bring the stadium concerns into this discussion, that's not what Benny's here for, and it's a disservice to him to imply it is.

We know what state the club is in, but good play gives us hope that the organization can stay afloat. If we want the FO to change, we should let them know. Benny doesn't deserve it.

Posted by: UnitedDemon1 | November 28, 2010 9:30 PM | Report abuse

I'm not worried about the coach...

Posted by: Reignking | November 28, 2010 9:48 PM | Report abuse

Ben Olsen (and Goff) saw a great finish in College Park tonight as an unlikely player, Taylor Kemp, scored on a great volley w 2 minutes left to end the scoreless game and avert overtime.

Here's the BlogMeister's account:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/11/28/AR2010112804339.html

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | November 28, 2010 10:14 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: universityandpark | November 28, 2010 10:41 PM | Report abuse

I don't buy into the argument that since there's not much money to spend on a coach, how can we expect to spend any money on players. There certainly isn't a lot to throw at a designated player, but remember that everything under the cap is paid by the league, so DCU's financial situation is irrelevant in that regard.

Posted by: spidergoose | November 28, 2010 10:48 PM | Report abuse

Ludwig was nearly packed. Both schools had SGs that were doing chants in the style of pro footie SGs. When these two teams met a year ago, only the Terps had such a group. Michigan visits Ludwig for the quarters on Saturday afternoon.

BTW, did anyone follow this match over the Internet? I believe there was at least an audio stream, if not a video stream.

Posted by: universityandpark | November 28, 2010 10:59 PM | Report abuse

It's pathetic. Like Newcastle hiring Shearer. Here is what is gonna happen-no decent signings, no new stadium, Benny working hard and being inspiring but he can't weave a silk purse out of a cow's ear. I'm not getting tickets again. I've had enough of this.

Posted by: Pigmansweet1 | November 28, 2010 11:02 PM | Report abuse

@croftonpost,

+1. Nothing changes until the stadium issue is resolved, and that probably doesn't happen until WC lines up another investor. A local investor with local connections.

All that aside, however, KP's inability to keep his fat yap shut about the shortcomings of the guy HE EVENTUALLY HIRED is simply the latest in a long series of epic failures by the DCU front office.

Hiring Ben Olsen may turn out to be the best decision the FO has made in the past five years or so (signing Andy Najar being the present front-runner). But like the Najar signing, even if it does turn out well, it's more the product of pitiful desperation and sheer dumb luck than anything resembling competence.

Posted by: benonthehill | November 28, 2010 11:03 PM | Report abuse

Dear DCU,

Please don't turn Ben Olsen into Wes Unseld. Great player, person and loyal soldier yes. But he shouldn't be put in the position of becoming the designated scapegoat/fall guy for your failure to put together a team capable of competing and your failures to put together a stadium deal.

Posted by: PindarPushkin | November 28, 2010 11:28 PM | Report abuse

"United does not have the budget to attract an experienced international coach."

--------------------------------------------------------------

Yeah, I know how that is. All of a sudden, I've realized I don't 'have the budget' to renew my season tickets.

No disrespect to Benny, but this move means that United isn't going to be able to attract top international players, either. Then again, they don't have the budget. If the owner doesn't want to throw away his money on the team, I'm not sure why he thinks I should.


Posted by: fischy | November 28, 2010 11:33 PM | Report abuse

On the other hand, maybe they don't want my "midas touch". Yesterday, I DVR'd "Airplane". Today, Leslie Nielsen is dead.

RIP and thanks for all the laughs.

Posted by: fischy | November 28, 2010 11:35 PM | Report abuse

Ben Olsen is the right man for the job. It's not his fault that the way KP handled it was poor. Don't blame Ben, he said that he wanted the job and you know that he means it. It's a "results business" so let's see how the results play out this year. We better get a starter or two out of the Draft and sign 2 forwards that know how to score or it doesn't matter who our coach is.

Posted by: Golden_Child | November 28, 2010 11:50 PM | Report abuse

United Demon,

The point about the stadium is not directed at Ben. Like every other United supporter I love Ben but KP thought he could hire a more established coach but discovered he couldn't. It is my very strong belief that this is because United is viewed as a ship taking on water and ultimately the cause of the leak is the lack of a SSS. I'm not saying Ben should or should not have been plan B but he obviously was. KP spelled that out to everyone during Ben's interim tenure.

Posted by: croftonpost | November 29, 2010 12:13 AM | Report abuse

Pindarpushkin,

Absolutely love the Ben Olsen/Wes Unseld analogy. It has the potential to be completely spot on. Let's hope it proves to be otherwise.

Posted by: croftonpost | November 29, 2010 12:18 AM | Report abuse

As others have said, Ben will inspire players who actually have a heart to over-achieve.

Unfortunately, finding players who fight for the badge is becoming more difficult. Especially with the limited resources at United's disposal.

Burch is NOT competent to be a starting LB in MLS.
Unless Namoff returns, we don't have a competent RB.
Jakovic needs someone to join him at CB, James isn't the full-time answer.

Simms should hold on to the starting DM spot.
Najar at RM.
Pontius at LM.
Dax at CM. Not #10
Tino up top.
??? up top with Tino. Maybe Angel?

I wouldn't give up on Perkins just yet. He and Hamid will battle for the starting job in the preseason, and if Troy can return to form, he's a Top 3 Keeper in the league. There's a reason he was on the fringe with the National Team.

That said, Hamid has a the talent and potential to be #1 for the US in 2018.

Posted by: alecw81 | November 29, 2010 3:40 AM | Report abuse

Holy! What a Monday wake up. I'm speechless and hoping my season tic renewal is rewarded.

Posted by: DCB23 | November 29, 2010 6:06 AM | Report abuse

OK; let me see if I'm getting how this lines up:

The Payne-Kasper management team, after three years of failing to make the play-offs and pulling of one disasterous player move after another, is contrained financially from naming the best selection of a new manager because they are committed to paying off a three-year contract that these two knuckleheads gave to a caoch that they fired. Did I strike this well?

Furthermore, they are committed to paying the assistant of the three-year ex-coach for one more year, further inhibiting the new coach from assembling a staff that is 100% to his liking.

My goodness. How do these two incompetents keep their jobs? This is amazing. We, as customers, are to believe that next year offers promise or hope? I feel the worst for the club's sales staff. How are they going to hit the streets with a stinker like this?

Posted by: lgm6986 | November 29, 2010 6:24 AM | Report abuse

Stupid KP comments aside, I far prefer spending on players right now versus spending on coaches. Gotta get the right team on the field if we are to get anything positive going on. A great coach will not make a solid team out of poor players.

Posted by: 22206no1 | November 29, 2010 7:59 AM | Report abuse

Stupid KP comments aside, I far prefer spending on players right now versus spending on coaches. Gotta get the right team on the field if we are to get anything positive going on. A great coach will not make a solid team out of poor players.

Posted by: 22206no1 | November 29, 2010 8:00 AM | Report abuse

Actually gang, we're missing the REAL issue here. And that is....Sepp Blatter and FIFA and La Liga are going to be so PO'ed that DC United is taking attention away from the Barca-Real match today by announcing Benny's hire. Expect to see a FIFA fine to DCU and announcement that we should have waited until Tuesday for this press conference.


; )

Posted by: JoeW1 | November 29, 2010 8:25 AM | Report abuse

I'm not worried about the coach...

Posted by: Reignking | November 28, 2010 9:48 PM
________________________
^^^ This.

I think the other move that Goff alludes to in his column (dumping Simpson) may be a huge help, also. Think of how many matches DCU have lost on GK errors the last three years. That's not all on Mark Simpson, but it's a trend he should have helped correct, surely.

DC needs a good draft, a decent forward, and one or two high quality defenders, and Benny will do OK.

Posted by: schmegegge | November 29, 2010 8:38 AM | Report abuse

For KP to sign off on Simmo's dismissal must mean that someone, probably Kasper, made a massive argument in favor of doing it. Simmo is KP's golfing buddy, and the two families are very close. KP required that Ray and Piotr keep him on the staff. For a while it seemed that he had a job for life.

Posted by: lgm6986 | November 29, 2010 8:43 AM | Report abuse

I'm not worried about the coach...

Posted by: Reignking | November 28, 2010 9:48 PM

You're right. We shouldn't worry about the coach...we should worry about an organization that hires a coach not because of his qualifications, but because he's a fan favorite and he's passionate. This is the same organization that has consistently shown itself to be utterly incapable of finding and signing quality players over the last few years. Results do speak for themselves, and they don't speak well for DCU's front office. I'm still a United fan, but I don't have to swallow the Kool-Aid and love every move they make.

Posted by: BillyBob4 | November 29, 2010 8:48 AM | Report abuse

So which is it, lgm, is Dave Kasper a bumbling Gump-like moron or is he a Machiavellian plotter who gives Kevin Payne orders and makes him betray his closest friends?

Posted by: spidergoose | November 29, 2010 8:51 AM | Report abuse

I read half of lgm's first sentence and knew it was him.

fischy, I watched NG33 1/3 over the holidays...

Posted by: Reignking | November 29, 2010 8:58 AM | Report abuse

As long as were still paying Curt O., it sounds like we couldn't afford anyone else. Curt was the real mistake, he was just terrible with the players.

Posted by: staticvars | November 29, 2010 9:02 AM | Report abuse

Spidergoose; he doesn't have to be at either ends of the extremes; he could be somewhere in between, and that is assuming that simply being able to pony up an argument in favor of dismissing a staff member pushed him up to the level of, as you say - let me sure I get this right - "a Machiavellian plotter."

Not sure I would agree he gets that sort of characterization.

Reignking: What's your problem?

Posted by: lgm6986 | November 29, 2010 9:04 AM | Report abuse

I love Benny, but I'm afraid this move just confirms our worst fears... that this organization is a shadow of its former self, and has devolved into such a pile of garbage that NOBODY ELSE would take the job.

Posted by: jrnail23 | November 29, 2010 9:53 AM | Report abuse

Benny will not last half the season, with the amount of quality in the current team.

We will need to find someone better than Allsopp, and another attacking midfielder as good as, if not better than Boskovic. Also another central defender and left back. Ideally they need 4 players but if they can't come up with the money to get a new coach, then most likely we will see 1 or 2 new experienced players (not talking about drafted players as they are rookies).

Posted by: Charisma_Man | November 29, 2010 9:53 AM | Report abuse

Nothing wrong with little experience per se. Klinsmann had zero when he took over the German national team and led them to the WC Semis two years later.
But: DCU is no DFB. There is so much lacking in the organization and front office that it's hard to see how Olsen alone can change anything.
BTW, Klinsmann just hired on with Toronto FC as a consultant.

Posted by: cpwdc | November 29, 2010 10:07 AM | Report abuse

@croftonpost,

+2

Many have posted that DCU doesn't have the money to sign players or coaches. Why don't they have the money? Because they don't have the stadium revenue that others do in MLS. It really is all about the stadium. Having said that, I have no problem with hiring Ben. I think he will be a successful head coach. Kreis had no experience either.

Posted by: hateisnotafamilyvalue | November 29, 2010 10:23 AM | Report abuse

This has similar feel to the Dredskins FO, selecting Zorn as offensive coordinator, then failing to get anybody else, and then promoting him to head coach ... absent any other standing options. Who's going to want to come here to command a sinking ship, with a crumbling stadium and a "payne-fully" dysfunctional FO busy rearranging the chairs on the deck of the titanic!
That said, I'll support Benny because I think players will play hard for him because he will bring his true DCU passion and focus. The real problem is making sure this FO and stadium don't collapse around him!

Posted by: dayface | November 29, 2010 11:14 AM | Report abuse

lgm, you are very consistent with your message.

Posted by: Reignking | November 29, 2010 11:18 AM | Report abuse

dayface,

Agree with the Skins comparison. However, the big difference is that the Skins have subsequently gutted their FO and hired a compatent GM in Bruce Allen. Unfortunately, I don't see DCU following their lead.

Posted by: hateisnotafamilyvalue | November 29, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse

@hateisnotafamilyvalue

Saying Kreis had no experience is not the mitigating factor that gives Olsen a free pass for potential success. Kreis brought in 7 players that makes up the current RSL squad today:

Beckerman
Olave
Borchers
Espindola (2nd stint)
Will Johnson
Saborio
Russell

These guys are crucial players for RSL.
Do you think DCU can find 7 quality players as above? Like I said, we don't have enough quality currently for Olsen to succeed, and like many others have stated, he's being setup to fail. Hope Olsen has at least 1 yr guaranteed (paid) to make his time worthwhile.

Posted by: Charisma_Man | November 29, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Reignking: What's your problem?

Posted by: lgm6986 | November 29, 2010 9:04 AM

Simple. Reignking's an idiot.

Posted by: BillyBob4 | November 29, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

@charismaman,

When I say I think Ben will be a successful head coach I mean I believe that he will get the most out of the talent he has which is all a coach can be asked to do. I agree about the FO failings and basically said so above.

Posted by: hateisnotafamilyvalue | November 29, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

This is really disappointing. There's no commitment to winning anymore because this club is so strapped for cash. But this is much more. I really think we are seeing a franchise which eventually will relocate somewhere else after Olsen gets let go. It breaks my heart to see a team which once had such a rich history. Sorry but first the stadium and now a cheap hire. It's so unfair

Posted by: dips74 | November 30, 2010 12:49 AM | Report abuse

This is really disappointing. There's no commitment to winning anymore because this club may be so strapped for cash. But this is much more. I really think we are seeing a franchise which eventually will relocate somewhere else after Olsen gets let go. It breaks my heart to see a team which once had such a rich history. Sorry but first the stadium and now a cheap hire. It's so unfair

Posted by: dips74 | November 30, 2010 12:50 AM | Report abuse

This is really disappointing. There's no commitment to winning anymore because this club may be so strapped for cash. But this is much more. I really think we are seeing a franchise which eventually will relocate somewhere else after Olsen gets let go. It breaks my heart to see a team which once had such a rich history. Sorry but first the stadium and now a cheap hire. It's so unfair

Posted by: dips74 | November 30, 2010 12:50 AM | Report abuse

This is really disappointing. There's no commitment to winning anymore because this club may be so strapped for cash. But this is much more. I really think we are seeing a franchise which eventually will relocate somewhere else after Olsen gets let go. It breaks my heart to see a team which once had such a rich history. Sorry but first the stadium and now a cheap hire. It's so unfair

Posted by: dips74 | November 30, 2010 12:50 AM | Report abuse

DCU had a real chance to go after someone with real experience, someone with a proven track record of success at all levels of competition, someone who knew what it took to win, and then went after it. I'm speaking, of course, about the McLean Youth Soccer girls' travel teams.

Posted by: hofbrauhausde | November 30, 2010 10:55 PM | Report abuse

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