Hello from the Great Smoky Mountains! My family is enjoying a week of hiking and outdoors activities, and not going into Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg (because, you know, there’s still a pandemic raging).
To the news:
In D.C. United’s world, there was only one piece of news yesterday: The end of Ben Olsen’s decade as head coach of the team. Thrust into an impossible situation mere months after retiring from playing, Olsen made something out of nothing for all those seasons when the team’s future was unclear and money was tight. It was past time to make a change, but I’ll always love Olsen for everything he has done for this team.
I hope that they find a good role for him with the team, and that he stays for as long as he wants to.
D.C. United’s statement includes quotes from Olsen himself, which isn’t typical in press releases where the coach is leaving.
Steve Goff also looks back at Olsen’s tenure, including a note that Jason Levien considered making a change at the end of last season.
For too many years Ben Olsen carried a burden for his club that no one person should have had to bear, and he did it doggedly, diligently and without complaint.— Charles Boehm (@cboehm) October 8, 2020
More importantly, he is also a good human being.
I’ve gotten to know Ben Olsen professionaly and maybe even a bit personally over the past 10 years. Say what you will about him as a coach - he is a caring, funny, emotionally intelligent human being & that’s a rarity in this business. Smart guy. I’ll miss getting yelled at. pic.twitter.com/NutXJ35Qoy— Pablo Iglesias Maurer (@MLSist) October 8, 2020
Yes, they definitely do.
Former Washington Spirit player Crystal Dunn has taken advantage of being asked to play all over the field for club and country.
Freddy Adu was the next great hope for American soccer. Then he disappeared. Now, hear what happened in his own words.— Grant Wahl (@GrantWahl) October 8, 2020
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This could be very interesting!
That’s all I have this morning; what’s up?