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Cake or Death? Should Ben Olsen be back with D.C. United in 2014?

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With the 2013 season finally, mercifully behind us, it's time to run through the D.C. United roster and determine who should stay and eat cake and who should leave the team and find inevitable death. Today we look at the man in charge on the sidelines, Benny Olsen himself.

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Today, D.C. United fans, your patience has been rewarded. Well, at least for those of you who wanted us to extend Cake or Death to the coaching staff. Today, we ask whether Ben Olsen, club legend in a past life and head coach in the present, should keep his title going into 2014.

Now, we already know that the team plans to retain Olsen in his role on the sideline, but we still have to have our say. This is the internet, after all. At this point, we all know the book on Benny: took over a woeful team entirely too early in his coaching career, mere months after he retired and joined Curt Onalfo's staff as an assistant. The team improved under his leadership in 2011 and grew into MLS Cup almosts in 2012 before crashing down to earth (and below) in spectacular fashion in 2013. He's better regarded in most fan circles as a man manager than as a tactician, and that showed through as he never lost the locker room during this season from hell. And we were rewarded for his force of will with trophy number 13 when United went to Utah and somehow defied the odds to steal a win against RSL.

Like I said, though, We all know that. Now it's time to vote. Should Ben Olsen return as head coach of D.C. United in 2014? If you think he should, then vote for Cake. If you think he should pack his bags and United should start a Worldwide Coaching Search yesterday, then vote to give him Death.

I shouldn't even have to encourage you to share your thoughts in the comments. But I will. By writing this paragraph.