Onalfo Set To Become DC Coach

Onalfo Set To Become DC Coach

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On December 28, 2009
  • 2 Comments
  • Coaching Hires, Curt Onalfo

Curt Onalfo is set to become DC's next manager. (Brian Stevens, WVH Photo Correspondent)

In a way one could say DC United is settling for Curt Onalfo as their next head coach. They’ve looked high and low but in the end it seems like Onalfo is their guy.

A couple reports suggest that DC will make the change as early as today. This decision comes just a couple weeks shy of Akron head coach Caleb Porter turning down the job to stay with the Zips on the college level. (EDIT: DC announces the hiring of Onalfo as their head coach.)

This should be the first of a lot of changes this offseason for DC. Onalfo will be set to guide a DC club that has underachieved for two seasons in a row, or four if you count the disappointing Supporter’s Shield winning seasons that didn’t yield a MLS Cup birth. The club is also going to have to make some big decisions on players too this winter. Ben Olsen just retired and forward Luciano Emilio could be set to leave MLS as well.

But thankfully for the Black-and-Red the talent is there with young stars like Chris Pontius and Rodney Wallace. If they have yet another solid draft next month they could be set to contend once again in the eastern conference.

Is Onalfo the right man for the job after getting canned in KC after two and a half seasons? Even with his ties to DC from the late late 90s I do question the move. I do see it as a settling move since there were no other coaches out there that wanted this position. DC does have a long way to return to it’s glory days if you ask me and I’m not sure if Onalfo is the right guy for that task. His KC clubs for some reason never progressed into anything special and typically stayed around .500% each year.

With Onalfo off the market and DC out of the coaching search race it now leaves both New York and Chicago left to find a manager here.

What do you all make of this hire by DC? Good move or are they just settling for someone here?

  • Grunthos

    Oh, it's settling, all right. There is no reason to believe that Onalfo has any greater upside than Tom Soehn did. Soehn is a nice guy, a decent coach, and absolutely a mediocrity at the MLS level. Based on what we know, Onalfo is likely to be Soehn II.

    That said, he is da man now, so I for one will sit back and give him a chance. Maybe Kansas City didn't express the real Curt Onalfo. Stranger things have been seen. But I wouldn't put money down on this choice improving DC in any substantial way.

  • Grunthos

    Oh, it's settling, all right. There is no reason to believe that Onalfo has any greater upside than Tom Soehn did. Soehn is a nice guy, a decent coach, and absolutely a mediocrity at the MLS level. Based on what we know, Onalfo is likely to be Soehn II.

    That said, he is da man now, so I for one will sit back and give him a chance. Maybe Kansas City didn't express the real Curt Onalfo. Stranger things have been seen. But I wouldn't put money down on this choice improving DC in any substantial way.