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Ben Olsen and D.C. United about to sign contract extension

After a big turnaround from 2013, D.C. United is close to rewarding Ben Olsen with a contract extension.

Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

As reported by Steve Goff, D.C. United is close to rewarding Ben Olsen with a contract extension. Olsen is in the final year of his current contract, and the team obviously wanted to see how he performed this year before making any decisions on whether or not he met their expectations. Olsen is already the longest-serving head coach in D.C. United history, and this contract extension will continue that streak.

After a disastrous first season with full control of the team, the partnership of Olsen and general manager Dave Kasper completely overhauled the team in the offseason and now have United contending not just for the playoffs, but for a spot in next year's Champions League and possibly silverware. Ben Olsen has grown by leaps and bounds as a coach in his four and a half seasons in charge of the team, and Bruce Arena (among others) thinks that he can still grow even more. The contract extension is well deserved and should hopefully provide a stable ground for even more growth for the team.

This means that both Ben Olsen and Dave Kasper, who signed a contract extension last October, will be back for next season. What do you think about United securing Olsen's services for the long-term?