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D.C. United assistant reportedly joining Minnesota United

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The Ben Olsen coaching tree is sprouting another branch

According to a report from ESPN, it looks like D.C. United assistant coach Amos Magee may be returning to his hometown to become the director of player personal for Minnesota United. Magee looks set to be one of the key assistants to Minnesota United sporting director Manny Lagos, and his main role will be to provide advice on MLS players as the team moves through the labyrinthine first offseason with MLS player acquisition methods.

Magee was raised in St. Paul, and played for the Minnesota Thunder, a predecessor club of Minnesota United, for 12 years. He is also the team’s leading scorer, and for his efforts with the club was inducted into the USL Hall of Fame. He also was an head coach for the team for two years before moving to the Portland Timbers, for him he filled a similar role when the team was still in USL.

Given all of this, the move makes sense for Magee, but it does continue the trend of D.C. United’s assistant coaches moving up to new opportunities: Sonny Silooy moved back to the Netherlands to join Sparta Rotterdam; Pat Onstad went to Toronto FC and Columbus Crew SC; Josh Wolff is at Columbus Crew SC as well; and Preston Burpo is now at New York Red Bulls.

Former D.C. United head coach Tom Soehn is apparently another candidate for this position, as well as a candidate for the head coaching job for Minnesota United. So expect the team to play a 3-5-2 going forward.