Onalfo Out As D.C. Manager

Onalfo Out As D.C. Manager

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On August 4, 2010
  • Ben Olsen, Curt Onalfo

Ben Olsen looks thrilled to take over as manager, but guys like Devon McTavish should be happy about the coaching change.

The hot seat in D.C. just got too hot for Curt Onalfo as he has been released from his manager duties with United. The club announced today that Ben Olsen will take over as the interim manager with D.C. United’s Technical Director, Chad Ashton, taking over as interim Assistant Coach.

“This was a difficult and painful decision,” said United President and CEO Kevin Payne. “Curt is an outstanding person and a fine coach. This has certainly been a trying season, made more so by a number of factors outside of anyone’s control. This decision is not about placing blame, but about looking forward. Recent performances have convinced us that we need to make a change at the top for the team to improve the remainder of this season, for 2011 and beyond. We wish Curt nothing but the best.”

D.C. did nothing but regress under Onalfo. The club currently stands at 3-12-3 with 12 points after 18 games. Injuries played a decent part in the lack of success for Onalfo in D.C. but overall his poor judgement on talent doubled with the bad decisions in player movement have doomed the club this season.

Seeing Olsen step in is a nice step forward to salvage a season that is definitely over for the club. Any other year the team would be staring at the number one overall pick in the SuperDraft but with two expansion clubs coming into the league next year it will be a bit harder for D.C. to land some quality young talent.

Olsen was the right pick for interim manager too as he knows the club in and out. The young talent look up to him there and the veterans respect him. It shouldn’t be that difficult of a change for the club to go to Olsen. It will be interesting to see how long he holds on to the interim tag and if he can get the full-time gig down the road too.

I said a couple months ago that I would be shocked to see Onalfo finish the year out with the club. After getting hammered 3-0 in Salt Lake City last weekend the move made sense for the club to break away from Onalfo.