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D.C. United coaching search update

By Steve Goff

D.C. United has formally spoken to seven candidates about its head coaching job and, although other options might emerge, the club is likely to offer the position to someone from that group, team president Kevin Payne told the Insider. He declined to identify the candidates but did say most are based in the United States.

"We've spoken to some really interesting people from a wide range of backgrounds," said Payne, suggesting that the club might consider someone outside the normal MLS channels. He has said, though, that the top criteria is experience, whether as a head coach or longtime assistant.

Asked whether United has asked for, and received, permission to interview individuals employed by other MLS clubs, Payne declined to comment. The top assistants are Real Salt Lake's Robin Fraser, Los Angeles' Dave Sarachan and New York's Richie Williams. At least one team has inquired about Fraser, I'm told; Toronto and Chivas USA also have openings.

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Chad Ashton, United's technical director, who rejoined the coaching staff as an assistant when Ben Olsen was named interim coach in August, will return to his previous position in charge of scouting and the youth academy, and won't be considered for the head role. Olsen has resumed his assistant duties -- he and Ashton are scouting at the ACC tournament -- and the new coach will decide whether to retain assistant Kris Kelderman and goalkeepers coach Mark Simpson, Payne said.

"We are going to talk further with a couple of people and then spend a concentrated time discussing who fits the vision we have," Payne said. "Realistically, between those conversations, our internal discussions and putting together an offer, we're hoping [to have a new coach in place] a month from now."

By Steve Goff  | November 12, 2010; 2:45 PM ET
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The Sky is Falling...

Posted by: DadRyan | November 12, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Please, please, please not Sarachan

Posted by: me_ahogo | November 12, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

I hope the "vision we have" is simply to win more matches ....

Posted by: jofij | November 12, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

As a non-DCU fan, it seems to me that Payne is on his ninth life at DCU. Good christ he hasn't done much of anything right the last few yrs

Posted by: ZidVicious | November 12, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the update.

Posted by: edmundburke247 | November 12, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Norv Turner?

Posted by: OWNTF | November 12, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

As a non-DCU fan, it seems to me that Payne is on his ninth life at DCU. Good christ he hasn't done much of anything right the last few yrs

Posted by: ZidVicious | November 12, 2010 3:16 PM

Absolutely right ZV. Until that changes, everything else is rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic.

Posted by: BillyBob4 | November 12, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Bielsa, now that Pelligrini isn't available.

Posted by: Reignking | November 12, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

I still think we should have gone over seas. We need a better look than what we have here. Benny should still stay as assistant, he connects with the players and fans alike. Reguards to K.P, Kick and Punt him out! The "vision" what 'vision' has he had in the past three years? Does he still see that light at the end od the tunnel. hopefully is the light of the door to his way out. That's a "vision".

Posted by: bk2erth | November 12, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

I've always found Payne's "we're doing this our way, the correct way" attitude very off-putting. He's awfully over-confident for a guy who's put out a team that's been mostly mediocre for the last 10 yrs.

Posted by: ZidVicious | November 12, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully, before the draft of non-tendered players or whatever they're calling it.

They should figure out who fits their vision, and then offer it to the other guy.

Posted by: fischy | November 12, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

If they're going to continue to put whoever gets the job in a bad position, Richie Williams is the man. He's an expert at instilling some manner of order at a club before a proper candidate comes along.

Posted by: UnitedDemon1 | November 12, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Sarachan is already in the DC Jewish Sports Hall of Fame. How many other Hall of Fame coaches are in the mix?

They want experience -- I'm guessing that means Silooy isn't at the top of the list.

Posted by: fischy | November 12, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Hmm, I wonder if Puerto Rico is included in the "United States" criteria stated by Payne. Colin Clarke might be an intriguing option considering he's now won 2 USL championships in 4 years with Puerto Rico and has made the cup 3 times. He would also fit the "experience" label as well.

Other choices that would fit the criteria could be Sarachan or maybe Jay Vidovich.

Posted by: Unitedfury | November 12, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Wonder if they'll go after Caleb Porter again.

Posted by: neil_g | November 12, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

doesn't matter --- as long as payne and kasper are involved this franchise is going nowhere

Posted by: bestmick1 | November 12, 2010 5:08 PM | Report abuse

"We've spoken to some really interesting people from a wide range of backgrounds," said Payne.

Adding .. "Some even have coaching experience, others just play FIFA 10."

Posted by: delantero | November 12, 2010 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Sigh...if he comes from MLS, I think I'm going to cry. No one is this league is appealing to me at the moment.

Posted by: FAkeemail9875 | November 12, 2010 6:59 PM | Report abuse

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