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Ben Olsen relieved of duties: Freedom Kicks for 9 October 2020

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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:

D.C. United, Ben Olsen part ways - Black And Red United

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 Announce the Departure of Head Coach Ben Olsen | D.C. United

D.C. United’s statement includes quotes from Olsen himself, which isn’t typical in press releases where the coach is leaving.

Ben Olsen out as D.C. United coach amid miserable season - The Washington Post

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.

Why the MLS playoffs need to be in a bubble - SBNation.com

Yes, they definitely do.

Crystal Dunn: USA star has mastered adaptation in her career - Sports Illustrated

Former Washington Spirit player Crystal Dunn has taken advantage of being asked to play all over the field for club and country.

This could be very interesting!

That’s all I have this morning; what’s up?