More Light Shed On DC Coaching Search

More Light Shed On DC Coaching Search

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On December 7, 2009
  • 4 Comments
  • Caleb Porter, Coaching Hires, Curt Onalfo, Robin Fraser
DCs Kevin Payne is looking high and low for a new coach.

DC's Kevin Payne is looking high and low for a new coach.

Some more news has come out today about DC United’s on-going coaching search to replace Tom Soehn. Yesterday we mentioned that Richie Williams is out of the running but a few more names have emerged thanks to Steve Goff’s latest report this afternoon. One name isn’t shocking at all if you follow the college game here in the States.

Akron head coach Caleb Porter is said to be one of the top candidates for DC’s head coach spot. Porter is a very good coach that has taken his Zips on an impressive run over the last few years going 68-11-7 record in four seasons, including 23-0 and a College Cup berth this year. As good as Porter has been in Akron one has to wonder will a 34-year old college coach that has very little MLS experience (played for both San Jose and Tampa) be a good fit for a big time club like DC?

Other names may make a little more sense though right now. Goff also mentions former KC front man Curt Onalfo as one of the candidates still left on the table along with current RSL assistant Robin Fraser, and DC assistant Chad Aston. The report also mentions DC will be looking at some foreign based coaches as well.

Honestly the club does need some sort of new direction here going into 2010. I like the idea of giving a guy like Fraser a shot over someone like Porter who has done well with a college team but will veteran players really respect someone younger than them? Hiring Onalfo doesn’t make a lot of sense to me since his teams in KC really never progressed over the years that he was in charge there. He just seems to be a better number 2 than a number one at this point. Thing is he does have knowledge of the DCU system which is always good to have.

Who DC goes for is really up in the air from here if you ask me. Either way the club will need to make a choice sooner rather than later. Goff said it would probably be in the next ten days so maybe United fans will get someone they want for Christmas here.

DCU fans who do you want here?

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  • Robert

    I don't get Curt Onalfo. Didn't he fail at KC? At least Williams hasn't failed yet, give him a try.

  • Robert

    I don’t get Curt Onalfo. Didn’t he fail at KC? At least Williams hasn’t failed yet, give him a try.

  • 506mulberry

    How about Leigh Cowlishaw, head coach of the Richmond Kickers of USL-2? He was just inducted into the USL Hall of Fame and here's the kind of organization he's been part of for many years: “Established in 1993, the Richmond Kickers pro team has consistently been one of the most successful professional soccer clubs in America. Over the past 17 seasons, Richmond has qualified for postseason play 15 times, and reached the title match in 2009 for the fifth time in the past eight seasons. With a record of 4-0 versus MLS competition over the past four years, and winners of the US Open Cup in 1995, Richmond does consistently well outside of league play. In addition to on-field success, the Kickers have taken United Soccer Leagues Organization of the Year honors on five occasions (1995, 2000, 2006, 2007, 2009).

  • 506mulberry

    How about Leigh Cowlishaw, head coach of the Richmond Kickers of USL-2? He was just inducted into the USL Hall of Fame and here's the kind of organization he's been part of for many years: “Established in 1993, the Richmond Kickers pro team has consistently been one of the most successful professional soccer clubs in America. Over the past 17 seasons, Richmond has qualified for postseason play 15 times, and reached the title match in 2009 for the fifth time in the past eight seasons. With a record of 4-0 versus MLS competition over the past four years, and winners of the US Open Cup in 1995, Richmond does consistently well outside of league play. In addition to on-field success, the Kickers have taken United Soccer Leagues Organization of the Year honors on five occasions (1995, 2000, 2006, 2007, 2009).